How You Do Anything…

Just read another article on “losing weight” on the Internet. The theme was establishing goals and getting a “weight–loss plan” together. The theory was good, but the article sputtered in content. Let me explain:

The reason most people fail at anything is that they do not know what they want. They do not get the things they desire because they are not clear about what it is they desire. When I have “projects” that hang over my head without completion, it is due to lack of a clear vision of the end result of what I trying to achieve with the project.

The above mentioned article focused on achieving weight loss and how to write a plan for doing such. If you are an individual who has been overweight most of your adult life, how do you know what your outcome will look like? You may have a general idea, based on magazine pictures of movie stars, but you have not seen an “ideal you” in quite some time.

Don’t get me wrong; I think that visualizing what you would like to look like is a great idea. I think that to ultimately get there you have to use other processes. All the “planning” in the world will not get you where you want to go without changing some internal mechanisms first.

Some great success gurus tout changing your inner world before you see results in your outer world. Meaning you must change “you” before you can expect your life around you to change; this consists of the way you view the world, the way you perceive reality, the way you interact with others. Planning to lose weight without having a firm hold on your current beliefs and mindset (or inner “you”) can spell disaster.

If I am not a proactive person that believes in the abundance life can bring or if I don’t feel I am in control of my outcomes or don’t understand how others in my life can help me achieve my goals and desires, then I may be fighting an uphill battle by trying to write down a plan for successful weight loss and possibly wasting my time. I could have all the goal–writing formulas known to mankind, but never be able to apply any of it because of the way my thoughts are structured and carried out.

I believe it was T. Harv Ecker ( who turned me on to the idea that “how you do anything is how you do everything.” This is mostly true based on our belief systems and how we view the world around us. Bryan Tracey calls it the Law of belief. Simply put, outcomes will happen to you in your life based on what you perceive to be true; i.e. the rich get richer and the poor get poorer or skinny people have high metabolisms and it is easier for them to stay that way.

You see, we all tend to doings similarly based on our beliefs and values. I believe in integrity, so I will be honest no matter what in the situations I am placed. I believe that order is necessary in my life and so I keep my car, house, desk, etc. clean and free of clutter.

A friend of mine will accept a tenant (or not) for his rental properties based on how clean their car is. As he puts it, if their car is spotless, then they will take care of my house as they rent it.

How you do anything is how you do everything.

Do you think that adding fitness to your life may change the outcome of other areas of your life… like your relationships, your finances, or your job status?”

“I know I don’t exercise or eat healthy, but I am a go-getter at work and still have time for the family.” Really? Chances are you are unhappy at work and tend to ignore those close to you at home, just like your fitness.

How you do anything is how you do everything.

High school students that I train for sports try to tell me that they do what they have to do to get by in school, yet look me in the eye and tell me they will give me 100% on the playing field. “I want to play at the next level and am willing to do anything to get there!” Really? I don’t buy it! I will tell them to remember one area of life affects all the others. You can’t “half-ass” one area and expect to excel in others.

How you do anything is how you do everything.

Now back to the above mentioned article on the Internet.

Let’s pretend I am a business executive looking to lose some weight and happen to read the article with the intent on setting goals and developing a step-by-step plan to achieve my results. Great idea. Problem is, I only have time for my job. My family, social life, and everything else come in second; I do just enough of “the other stuff” to keep everyone happy. I mean I go to the birthday parties, take the wife out once a month for a “special dinner,” play with the kids like a good dad should. But, I am in the zone at work… a little too busy, but one day I will make it big. I am so close! I just have to keep my eye on what is important.

How do you think I will do with my weight loss program? Think I may need to change my values, my priorities, and take a good look at what I want out of life?

How I do anything is how I do everything.

Good luck with that… and thanks for playing!