Disclaimer : This post is not officially sponsored by FitBit. Well….. nor is it unofficially.
Apologies for the catchy title, and if it led you to believe what I may have intended to.
BUT…. If being a strong proponent of an amazing device that changes life for the better makes one its ambassador, then yes, the title does stand true.
I have not held myself back from advocating FitBit’s benefits and “showing-off” my stats to friends at any given opportunity. It was always a deliberate attempt, with the prime self-objective being to increase my “accountability” circle. The bigger you can grow this accountability support circle, the more chances you have to stick to your habit / goals.
It has been such a life changer for me, that given a chance and disposable money, I would like to gift this to all my family and friends. Such has been its positive effect on me.
Seeing is Believing.
Simply put, what you don’t see, you don’t know.
When you start seeing pretty visuals of your efforts, I believe it stimulates the areas of your brain that fire to keep these new-formed pretty patterns intact. It is similar to Jerry Seinfeld’s “Don’t Break the Chain Technique”. When done over a long period of time, it becomes a routine, which then becomes a habit. It becomes second nature and automatic, just like you waking up to brush your teeth. Your mind is not divided in making a simple decision, whether to brush or not.
This is the Annual Report card that FitBit has created for me from Jan-Dec 2016. The Goal was set at achieving minimum 10,000 steps a day, and I say with satisfaction that it was met in all months in 2016. Both May and Nov 2016 being the outlier months at the two extreme ends. Seeing all these achievements spread across the whole year, I am more than motivated to keep the chain intact in 2017. Raising the bar to 15,000 steps a day now.
The Key takeaway from 2016 : It is Impossible, until it’s Done.