I have thought long and hard about this question and after 10 years of research, and real-life observation I have come up with my answer…
The best way to stay accountable to is to help facilitate a group of people who are also looking to improve their health. Other strategies might include a reward based system. For example, if you workout 4X per week, and don’t go to a fast food joint for the next 6 weeks you will reward yourself with a spa day. Penalty systems can be another way to go. For example you are a hard core democrat. You will give $1000 to the George W. Bush Library Foundation, if you don’t lose 10 lbs this month. These second two strategies play on the pain/pleasure receptors, which are both very powerful and can work well, but I believe the first option, facilitating a group is the most powerful.
Simply put, we are good at letting ourselves down, but we will do anything we can to NOT let our friends and family down. I have known this tendency in humans for quite sometime, but never has it become so obvious and powerful as in the past 3 months as we launched the Fit Moms 6 Week Challenges across North America (70 of them in total). When meeting and speaking to many of the leaders their #1 reason for starting their group was to keep themselves on track and accountable.
This surprised me…
I thought they were going to say for the financial benefits (some can make over $1000), or the ability to make new friends, or to give back to their community. But it makes total sense, and that is why the leaders are getting such incredible results (so are the participants), because they are wanting to lead by example.
As we head into 2014, I would like to give you the gift of ultimate accountability and consider becoming a Fit Moms 6 Week Challenge facilitator. Not only will you begin the process of getting in the best shape of your life, you will be enriching and connecting many other women’s lives in the process and get paid for it.
That sounds like a win/win/win.
The best part is it doesn’t take much time on your part, and we have everything you need to promote and lead your group, plus you get exclusive access to myself and my team that is building up the leaders/facilitators. My goal is to have 30 more leaders signed up by the end of the year so we can launch 100 6 week challenges early next year.
I know this can seem like a big and scary thing to do, but I will be here to hold your hand throughout the entire process.
If you have any questions regarding this program email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will get back to you shortly. You don’t need to be at your ideal place, you just need to have a willingness to invite and to love on your community.