A woman brought her young son to see the family doctor.
“Can you please tell him to stop eating so much sugar.” She said.
“Bring him back next week.” The doctor said.
Sure enough the woman brought her son back the following week.
The doctor leaned forward so his face was very close to the boys and looking him straight in the eye the Doctor said: “Stop eating so much sugar.”
“Why did I have to wait a week for you to tell me that?” Said the boy.
“Because a week ago I was still eating sugar.” Said the doctor.
Now hold that thought…
On Thursday last week I asked you the following two questions:
- What are your top three to six month Qigong objectives?
- What are your three toughest challenges in reaching them?
Well, it took me until late on Sunday afternoon to reply to every single person who answered those two questions within the 24 hour time period I set.
And do you want to know what the biggest, most common challenge faced by the vast majority of responders was?
Well okay then.
It can be summed up by this comment:
“I want to be able to practice Qigong daily,
but other things seem to happen
and it falls by the wayside.”
Oh, how I relate to this!
The truth is, even after 13 years of practicing Qigong, I still have periods where I struggle to practice daily.
But during those 13 years I’ve created 10 methods I use to help me when my will to practice is weak.
I’ve listed them all in great detail in Appendix C of my book: Smiling From The Heart (http://smilingfromtheheart.com).
So what’s all this got to do with the story at the start of this Qigong Daily email?
Glad to see you’re on the ball =)
Method #3 of the 10 methods I use to maintain daily Qigong practice involves having an Accountability Partner.
Someone who you enter into a contract with.
Someone you agree to a set of terms with.
And most importantly, it’s someone who you know will metaphorically ‘kick your arse’ if you fail.
They’re not going to listen to your excuses and say: “Ah, there, there diddums.”
Do you know someone like that?
Having an Accountability Partner really is a very simple and mind blowingly powerful way to get things done.
I’ve used Accountability Partners to get 3 books written and help me through some tricky “I don’t want to do my practice” rough spots.
And I’m going to use this method again to quit eating sugar for the next 5 days (hence the story).
So will you be my Accountability Partner?
For the next 5 days I promise not to have 2 sugars in my morning coffee…
I promise not to eat my own body weight in chocolate each evening…
I also promise not to eat:
- Canned fruit
- Fizzy drinks
For the next 5 days.
If I do, I get the embarrassment of confessing to you I’m a wuss and I copped out of the deal.
Now, if that wasn’t enough I was discussing this experiment with Clarabella and she said if I screwed it up I also had to wash dishes for a week.
It’s a deal.
And my incentive if I succeed?
The satisfaction of demonstrating to you the power of having an Accountability Partner for getting things done.
Before I finish, consider this…
How much more likely do you think I am to succeed with this objective now, than if I’d just made the deal with myself?
So listen closely young Grasshopper…
If there’s some objective you’re serious about achieving (it doesn’t just have to involve your Qigong practice) and you’re struggling to get it done…
…then I strongly advise you to use an Accountability Partner to help you.
Does it work?
Join me for the next 5 days and I’ll let you know.
Enjoy your practice!