The last two months have been a wild ride for me both professionally and personally. On the personal side, I have committed to losing 40 pounds and I recently weighed in 31 pounds lighter. And in keeping with being fit, my company Funds2Orgs has been having great success with the new “Zero Calorie Fundraiser” campaign. Someone asked me recently how I have been able to do it. The formula is really simple: keep your eye on the ball, no matter what.
I am a tall man and I have to admit that a few months ago I looked at myself in the mirror and I did not like what I was seeing. The added weight was making me feel heavier and slower and with everything I have going on with regard to my businesses and my life, this was certainly not the time to be feeling less than 100%. So, I decided to do something about it and I committed to losing 40 pounds.
Losing 40 pounds is not simple. It’s not easy to change your diet and stay away from what’s tempting to eat, especially when you are traveling or between meetings. But, it’s a choice. I could choose to take the easy way out and have a burger with everyone else or choose to be the one who orders a salad with grilled chicken.
I have been choosing to eat better, exercise more and live a better lifestyle and with the loss of 31 pounds, I am energized and reinvigorated. The hard work, the tough choices are working out and I feel lighter, healthier, stronger and even more focused. This has translated to my being able to be even more in tune with my work and family.
The bottom line is that along the way in this effort to live a healthier lifestyle, life and circumstances have thrown choices for me to make, with a few failures sprinkled in for good measure, I suppose in order to see if I am committed. Every single day I have hundreds and hundreds of choices to stay the course or just have that one…But, as hard as it’s been, I have stayed the course, even with those failures along the way, and now I have the results to prove it.
One of our most famous presidents, Abraham Lincoln, kept to the goal he had set out for his life to serve others and this country. But along the way, he was defeated in the state legislature, failed in business, had a nervous breakdown, was defeated for Speaker of the House, for the U.S. Senate and his nomination for the Vice Presidency. Then he became President of the United States and is considered one of the best presidents. Even failure did not distract him and it is a lesson for all of us.
At present, I have four companies taking off about the same time. It is an incredible effort and I am fortunate to have a committed group of people around me who are helping me execute the vision we share. But, it is not a cake-walk, as much as it may seem so on the outside.
I can equate everything going on more to a fire-walk than a cake-walk. You have to keep focused and walk from start to finish, not allowing yourself to get distracted or you will indeed get burned.
All day long, I have very energized and inspired people vying for my attention because we are in the process of building several exciting and incredible businesses. But, if I did not continually check myself, I would not be able to provide the vision and direction.
Not a week passes where something does not come up in one of my businesses where I can take things in a different direction. Sometimes, the new directions are very tempting because they offer excitement and opportunity, but not every opportunity translates into the right road. So, after an initial buzz of excitement in my mind, I typically land the plane and go back to the hard task of keeping to task. And that is success.