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Today, I'm going to share with you how to create excellence in a minute.
I know. I know. I can sense the curling of your lips already.
While such a catchphrase makes me shudder as well -- it contains a gem waiting to be discovered.
How do you go on an effective diet? How do you stop smoking? How do you stop drinking?
In short, you commit to it, and it's done. Then you work like hell for the rest of your life to stay on the weight-maintenance, non-smoking, or booze-free wagon.
I came across a line attributed to IBM founder Thomas Watson that I really like. If you want to achieve excellence, he said, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
The idea is profound.
Suppose you're a waiter (I used to be one) and, for your own future's sake (not because of pressure from the owner or manager who runs the restaurant), you decide to set a matchless standard for service.
You commit to it. Now.
Sure, you'll be clumsy at first. You'll get a lot of it wrong. You'll need to prepare, listen to CD's, take classes, visit other restaurants to collect clues, hire a coach, and read and sign up for all the appropriate material.
And you'll need to keep doing such things to maintain your edge (as an opera singer or professional athlete does) until the day you hang up your corkscrew.
Nonetheless, you can become excellent in a nanosecond, starting with your first guest tonight. Simply picture yourself, even if it's a very fuzzy picture, as the greatest waiter ever - and start accordingly.
Put yourself in lights on Broadway, as a world-class waiter; then perform what you set out to do.
Does it sound silly? Wild? Naive? Maybe, but it isn't.
The first 99.9 percent of getting from here to there is the commitment to do it and not compromise, no matter what sort of roadblocks those around you (including co-workers, friends and loved ones) create.
The last 99.9 percent (I know it adds up to more than 100 percent - such is life) is working like the devil to 1) keep your spirits up through inevitable storms 2) gain insight every day, and 3) practice that something, uncomfortable or not, until it's become part of your nature.
Once the fire is lit, assume you've arrived - and never, ever look back or do anything, no matter how trivial, that's inconsistent with your new found quality persona.
Real change comes from two things:
Commitment and a willingness to be vulnerable when we feel our commitment is wavering -- as opposed to just saying, "Forget it. This is too hard!"
It IS very hard to stay committed through the process of weight loss and getting more fit. It IS very hard to sustain the effort required. That's why so many people don't succeed (with whatever goal it is they're pursuing).
What does commitment look like?
Hint: If you're not committed you'll look for reasons to quit. If you are committed you'll focus on all of the reasons to stick with it. (This doesn't only apply to weight loss.)
If you feel like your commitment wavers why not consider joining MBT?
We'll help you re-ignite that fire, and keep it.
We all have the desire to lose weight and get healthy and fit. Every single person I've ever met wants to be healthier and more fit. It's just that some of us have a lot of stuff covering it up. We'll help you uncover it.
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