A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about how I strategically scheduled a colonoscopy to help me fit into the suit for my son's wedding.
For about 6 months leading up to the wedding, I told myself that I would hop on the scale every day to make myself mindful of the need to lose weight.
All it did was make me angry. So I scheduled the colonoscopy.
Frustration didn't even come close to what I was feeling. I listened to the gurus out there--I needed to measure and track progress toward my goal. Hence the scale each day.
But I did so without altering any of my behaviors.
The scale proved unfruitful, but when I looked a bit closer, I found the problem. It was somewhere between 8:00 and 10:00 PM every night.
I literally could not stop myself.
Breakfast was no problem. My lunches were meager. Christy had even been cooking healthy, nutritious suppers.
But then, the witching hour haunted me.
Apparently, doing the dishes burns calories rapidly because on most evenings, as soon as I dried that last casserole dish and put it back in the cabinet, I was ravenous.
Actually, what is in the refrigerator above is not an accurate representation of what I was after. That's way too healthy.
No, I was seeking the more seedy side of nutrition. The empty calorie, guilty pleasure, ice cream version.
My willpower was nil. In my weakness, I was depending on Christy to rein me in. (Her colonoscopy was a week after mine.)
Now that I am on the other side of the wedding, I have "miraculously" started to lose weight.
Before you think that perhaps I was stress eating, remember, we were the groom's parents, so we had the easy part.
And even though we have gone from empty nesters to two kids being home because of COVID-19 and they are eating all our food, it's not that either.
I simply quit eating after supper. I begin measuring what matters. I honed in on the behaviors that were leading to my mistakes.
So how does this apply to you as a leader?
Leaders always want to measure what matters when it comes to the results of their business. You set a strategy, objectives, goals, and timelines to get it all done.
Here at Flowers Consulting Group, we have just completed the P.L.A.T.--the Personal Leadership Assessment Tool.
The P.L.A.T. measures the four areas where leaders MUST be effective to maximize their success:
(1) Establishing a PURPOSE for your business.
(2) Developing a PROCESS to get the results you want.
(3) Defining a method to measure PROGRESS.
(4) Growing your PEOPLE to deliver these results.
If you have questions about the P.L.A.T., email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And watch your emails for an upcoming webinar on the P.L.A.T. on April 7th.