My Secret Weapon
By Mike Campbell
I talk with people all the time about my weight loss and fitness journey. Most people will ask, “Was it diet and exercise?” And as I told you in the last issue, the secret to the fountain of youth is diet and exercise! But my journey’s secret weapon has almost nothing to do with diet and exercise. The secret weapon is HAWK. I wake up to HAWK every day and use it as my guide. I knew I needed something to keep my journey moving forward and help me rebound from bad days. Each letter represents a key piece of my daily strategy. Why don’t I break it down for you?
The H is honesty! I’ve always considered myself an honest person. Unfortunately, I wasn’t honest with myself when it came to my obesity, health and wellness. I avoided and hid from the facts that were staring me in the face. Now self-honesty is a critical piece in my day. I wake up and take a hard look at myself. I look at what I did well and not so well from the day before. I build on what I’ve done well and figure out how to deal with what I’ve done not so well. Taking a hard look at myself in the mirror each day is a challenging but necessary part to my continued success.
The A is all about attitude! Attitude can make you soar or crash. I knew that attitude would be critical to any success I would experience on my journey. My daily attitude is a choice. Circumstances can change each day: they can be great or they can be tough. My attitude is still a choice. I’ve volunteered with kids with cancer for 32 years and have seen kids with the worst circumstances have the best attitudes. Quite often their attitude is what gets them through dealing with their horrible circumstances. So, even though it has been tough at times, I know choosing a good attitude each day is critical to staying on my journey. When I choose a good attitude each day, the odds are I’m going to make good choices. When I have a bad attitude during the day I know I often make bad choices. It’s that simple.
The W is water! I knew from my early research that water was important. I learned that most adults need to drink a half ounce of water per pound of body weight. I run into people who say they can’t drink water or it’s hard to drink enough water each day. Well, it was no picnic for me either. I was drinking very little, if any, water. I was drinking sweet tea, sodas, and venti mochas that were loaded with sugar and junk. When I weighed 360 pounds, to get that half ounce of water per pound each day, I had to start with at least a 20-ounce glass of H2O first thing each morning. I kept a glass on the counter to remind me. Now I keep bottles of water staged to make sure I do not come up short!
Finally there’s K which stands for KISS! KISS guided me in business and other areas of my life and helped me to find success every time. When I was 23 years old, I had a long conversation with my dad about a management theory class I was taking. We talked about the course, my job in management, and real-world application. I wanted to prove my professor wrong on some things. As I walked to the door to leave, my dad said, “Just remember one thing, ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’.” I paused for a second and said, “I get it.” I used KISS throughout my career, and it never failed me. I use it each and every day now to deal with my journey.
I’ve found it important to have something to guide me each day. I use HAWK. What do you use to find success every day?
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