As part of my annual physical in December, my blood was drawn and a few days later I got a call from my doctor with the results.
As with past years, I am doing well except for my HDL (good cholesterol) being slightly low (37), the medical profession likes it to be at least 40. What was different than previous years was that my Triglyceride level is high (243) where under 200 is considered ok, and under 150 is the goal. Until I overheard two older ladies discussing their Triglyceride levels in a local Costco about five years back I had never even given a thought about my Triglyceride levels. Times change. I just turned 44.
During the initial phone call with my doctor, he mentioned that I cut down on baked goods and other sugar based products. After the call, I realized it wasn’t specific enough for me on what I needed to do. So, in early January, I made an appointment to visit with the explicit purpose to really understand what are the one or two specific things that I could do, to lower my triglyceride level. The answer: lower my daily intake of carbohydrates and increase exercise. Shocking!
So why am I sharing this information publicly. Because I am committing to myself that without medicine within one year will I not only lower my Triglyceride level to below 150 but that I will also raise my HDL level above 40 as part of my overall goal of living a healthier life.
Reducing my daily intake of carbohydrates has opened up a whole new world for me. Now, when making decisions on what food to eat or in a specific category, like cereal to buy, I have an easy way to do it. All things being equal, what is the amount of carbohydrate grams per serving?
As for exercise, it has always been hard for me to stay motivated, because there hasn’t been a purpose that mattered to me. Until now.
By making this declaration public, I speculate I have now made it more likely that I will continue to do the right activities, towards lowering my triglycerides and raising my HDL, at least until my next blood test in about 5 months.
Is there something truly important in your business that has had a lack of focus for you? Perhaps increasing 1st appointments with prospects, or building a scalable sales team, or developing a strong brand, or perhaps making that COO hire to help you grow. Make a declaration to yourself, even better to your team or the world and increase the chance of you working on making it come true.
(Note: A great example of a public commitment by a business is Salesforce.com’s trust dashboard regarding their Service Performance History.)