The message at church this weekend rung so true for me, as I have seen this work so well in health pursuits over the years. The focus of the message was the value of small groups. For those of my readers who are not church goers, I will go ahead and stop right here and tell you there is a TON of value for you in this article. In addition, I will tell you there is a ton of value in getting so tied into a group, that it is nothing but EXPECTATION that you would share all of your secrets in that group.
Circles are better than rows. This is how the Northpoint ministry shares the message. Meaning, better than being shoulder to shoulder listening to a preacher, you would be face to face looking at peers who are there, if for nothing else, to call you out.
When we start the 60 Day Turnaround, I always suggest… no, recommend or even demand, that you make a big deal about your commitment. A big deal… what does that mean? I joke. Light a series of candles on the floor, stand in the middle and scream at the top of your lungs to a room full of people you know.. “I promise to not eat any sugar or anything that easily turns to sugar for the next 60 days!!!!”
And even though I joke… i think the only thing that I would change to become serious, would be to get rid of the circle of candles. Everything else is right on. See, once you make such a big deal of your commitment, you have now given the right for anybody around you to step in and pour into your life. Pour in accountability, pour in support and encouragement.
We all drift, drifting is impossible to avoid in our lives. But in a short window of time… “My Commitment is Greater than My Feelings in THIS Moment”! As Andy said today –
The current of life rarely takes us in the right direction
He actually went on to mention health. Yay Health. :)
As I begin preparing for the 60 Day Turnaround FALL 2016, I hope you will consider joining me, and inviting some friends. The kind of friends you will be willing to share the deepest secrets of your diet. Like those times you sneak into the kitchen late at night and eat four Oreos, that turn into ten. Or maybe it is the constant snacking on candies. Whatever it might be, lets share it openly with those whom you can trust. I would be happy to be one of those people.
Be well and be blessed! - Dr. E