What’s Your Orange?
About 3 years ago I was at a business/personal development workshop called "Challenge U". It was in San Antonio, Tx.
The theme of the event was to well--"Challenge YOU".
... get you out of your comfort zone.
... meet and engage with new people.
... and develop your public speaking skills.
The part I had a challenge with was meeting and engaging with new people.
I'm a bit of a hermit.
I hardly ever go anywhere.
In fact--if it wasn't for my sister--I would have never met my wife (a story for another day).
On day 2 of the event one of my mentors and good friends was on stage giving a talk.
His talk was about an ORANGE.
Follow me for a sec...
So this overweight guy (lets call him Bart) goes to his doctor for a check up and at the end of the check up he's expecting his doctor to say
"... Ok you need to exercise and get on a diet."
But he doesn't.
Instead the doctor tells him to "eat an orange a day".
Bart: (Confused asks) "You mean you're not gonna recommend me to workout, eat better or even prescribe me a drug?"
Doc: "No, all I want you to do is eat an orange a day."
Again, still confused, Bart heads to the local grocery store passes right by the greeter who's always trying to offer him a sample of fresh pizza.
(Normally he takes him up on it)
He crosses the cold glossy floor of the produce section, grabs 7 oranges (one for each day), and b-lines for the express self-checkout.
3 months later...
Bart checks back in with his doctor and the Doc IS STUNNED!
Bart is 38 pounds lighter.
Doc: "WOW! you look great, what have you been up to the last 3 months?!"
Bart: "Well I ate an orange a day like you recommended."
Doc: "Bart, there is no way in the world you lost 38 pounds just eating an orange a day!"
Bart: "You're right but, while I was in the produce section, I decided to purchase a few extra items like: veggies, avocados, more fruit and even some lean meats."
Again, the doc was amazed at his progress.
I'm sure you can see where this is going.
The simple concept of "eating an orange a day" had a HUGE ripple effect on Bart's health.
So let me ask you a question...
What's your orange?
What's the one thing you can do each day to create a ripple effect in every area of your life as a man--so you can show up better for your family?
It could be anything.
- Nutrition: Maybe drinking a big glass of water every morning, taking your multi-vitamin or skipping fast food for dinner.
- Exercise: This could be as simple as waking up in the morning and sitting in silence for 1 minute or grabbing your kettlebell and doing 1 set of 10 deadlifts.
- Business: Talking to one new person a day or txting one of your customers a day with support and accountability.
- Relationships: Having dinner with your spouse or playing with your kids (This is one I'm really working on personally).
- Spiritual: Praying before each meal and give thanks for a new day each morning.
... it's writing down my goals EVERYDAY and making an attempt to be home 10 minutes early, each day.
But the one "orange" that's paying dividends for me is--writing down my goals each day.
Life is tough and when the world tries to take a huge sh*t on me I pull out my notebook and read my goals, out loud and with conviction!
... it refreshes me
... re-focuses me
... and re-excites me to keep moving forward.
So what's your orange?