Yesterday I took a huge leap.
I did my first bungee jump and faced my fear of heights.
Which is crazy, cus my nerves were rattling just before it. In fact, I almost didn’t do it (Seriously)
As I shuffled forward to that edge…
I got all dizzy and felt very, very panicky. I mean, I was about to jump off a bridge, which goes against all of our natural survival instincts.
Every reason why I shouldn’t do it started racing through my mind, giving me the real fear. But you know what I did, my friend (Besides NOT looking down)?
I focused really hard on the reasons why I SHOULD do it…
1) The lads were watching… And I really don’t wanna be remembered as the only guy who shat out.
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2) At some point or another, my kids will know about this… I don’t want them thinking their Dad’s a wimp, after all… Us Dads need to lead by example.
3) Everyone else back home knows I’m doing it: My family, friends, and clients… I can set examples by facing my fears or I can show them it’s ok to stay comfortable.
^^ That’s A LOT of powerful accountability, all I needed to take the plunge.
I believe one of the main reasons a lot of men fail to become the best version of themselves and achieve more for their bodies, minds, and experience growth…
Is not having any of this in place.
^^ Read that again (then note it down).
Cus when no one else knows, and it’s just you to be accountable to, it’s very, very easy to fail. Or not push yourself as far as you really could.
And no, I don’t just mean with your workouts, cus if you’re anything like me?
Maybe you LOVE working out, and showing up to workout isn’t a problem for you. We need accountability with our behaviors outside or workouts too. Afterall, we’ll maybe only ever workout 3-5 hours per week.
We get 24 of those in ONE day
So when you have the element of accountability?
Well, it’s much more likely that you’ll start doing exactly what you said you would
Here’s a few ways to implement that accountability:
1) Announce your goals PUBLICLY on your social media and do a public weekly check in on there too (maybe even whack up your starting photos too).
2) Get a group of mates together for a 90-day contest on best progress made based on photos, put some money in the hat too with a ‘winner takes all’.
3) Get some coaching… This gives you the advantage of professional guidance (so you’ll get there faster) and also a HIGHER authority to stay accountable to.
If you’re ready to step up and get some professional help to achieve your body goals?
get in touch.
Dean McMenamin is an Army veteran, father, dog-lover and online nutrition & exercise coach helping busy men transform their bodies, regain self-confidence and be healthier role models for their kids. He's also a big eater of ice-cream.