Since 2007, I have been using something I call my Rich Habits Tracking Schedule, which was passed on to me by one of the self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits Study.
That Tracking Schedule helped me to lose thirty pounds in seven months, back in 2007, so I’ve been devoted to using it ever since, in order to keep my weight at the 180-185 pound level.
From my Tracking Schedule, I learned that as long as I exercised daily (aerobic/weights) and ate no more than 2,000 calories a day, my weight would not increase.
Then, just like that, in 2020 I started gaining weight. Nothing on my Tracking Schedule had changed.
So, in mid-2020, I cut my calorie consumption down to 1,900 calories a day and most of the weight came off after six months.
Then, in mid-2021, I started gaining weight again. Once again, nothing on my Tracking Schedule had changed.
So, in mid-2021, I cut my calorie consumption down to 1,800 calories a day. After six months, no results. My weight did not go down. I then tried increasing the number of miles I ran every week from 15 to 20 miles. After six months, no results. My weight did not go down.
Recently, out of sheer frustration, I decided to try something completely different. On Monday’s and Tuesday’s I reduced the number of calories I consumed to 600 each day. I call it Modified Fasting.
Almost immediately my weight dropped by three pounds in the first week and continues to drop by the same amount every week. And it really pumped me up. My motivation to continue this Modified Fasting is off the charts as I write these words.
Why am I telling you all this?
I’m telling you this because Results Matter.
Results tell you what works and what does not work.
If you’re feeling frustrated because what you’re doing isn’t producing the results you want, IT’S BECAUSE YOUR ARE DOING THE WRONG THING!
When you do the right thing, the thing that works, you get the results you want.
My weight loss is just an analogy. This Rule applies to everything you do in your life.
If you’re stuck, unable to achieve your goals, change what you’re doing. Experiment, like I did with different activities/strategies, until you begin to get the results you want.
Once you start to get the results you want, it will pump you up and your motivation will soar, further fueling your desire to continue doing the that thing that works.
FYI, for some time, I’ve been blogging every weekday, sharing my research. Despite my daily efforts, my subscription base has increased only incrementally. In 2020, I investing a good amount of money in completely revamping my website, to make my posts easier to read on their smart phones.
Despite that, my subscription growth has remained incremental. So, obviously I’m doing something wrong. What that is, I have no idea.
If you have any ideas, please share them with me and I’ll do some experimenting.
We’re all in this together.
Did you by chance speak to a doctor? Your body should not need so little caloric intake in order to just maintain a weight.
Create and execute more collaborations and partnerships to grow your audience base?
Just an idea. In the meantime, keep up the great work!
I’m based in Australia and there are quite a few podcasts focusing on financial matters, financial independence etc – maybe you could approach them for a guest speaker role etc ?
I read your rich habits every day as a part of my to do`s and it have become a habit. I am old fashioned and receive your email every weekday morning and open the link, but people nowadays is soo busy that is probably not checking emails constantly as they did in the past. I don`t know, but you may think of launching an app for IOS o Android. It does not have to be very sophisticated, and once one installs it, the app reminds people to open your daily research capsule… a sort of an alarm.
Another idea? Expand your audiences. For example, a part of the Spanish speaking audience could be very eager to learn from your research either from your webpage or books. I noticed in Amanzon that your books have been not translated to Spanish. Am I wrong or I did not check that out very well? I could help with that if you think that could be a good idea.
Tks for your comments Francisco. I’ve had my books translated into many languages. Unfortunately, haven’t had any bites from Spanish Publishers
Weight loss is more about nutrition than exercise.. Please consider a Keto ,or Carnivore diet. Perhaps you have reached the peak in your Rich habits customer base ?
The modified fasting regimen I’m on is forcing my body to burn fat, releasing Ketones from the fat being burned. Every time I get major media exposure, my subscriptions surge. The media exposure creates visibility and introduces me to an entirely new group of readers. Major media exposure is hard to come by. James Clear started his weekly blog at the same time I did. His subscription exploded within two years of starting his blog. When I asked him why, he said he had no idea. Out best guess was that he had some Influencers who came across one of his blog posts and promoted it to their followers. I’ve had a little of that happen, with my BI/CNBC/SUCCESS Magazine articles & my Dave Ramsey interview.
I love your letters and await them every single day.
One thing I noticed was that I would sometimes love to share your insights with friends and family members. Maybe if you include a “share” button, you might be able to get some more subscribers? Just a thought. Thanks for all you do!
Tks K. I spoke with my Website Administrator. They said your phone’s browser has a built-in capability that allows you to share my articles. For Android Phones, there are 3 dots … at the top right. When you clieck on these buttons, it will give you a number of icons. One of those icons is the Share a Link icon. the Administrator said iphones have something similar
With the weight loss, it may be that because your body had become more efficient with your regular workouts that you actually burn less calories than you used to in the past. This was brought up on the Art of Manliness podcast from January 3rd of this year on Fat Loss Made Simple with guest speaker Dan John. It’s definitely worth the hour to listen too. Lots of good information. Hope this helps
It seems like Pod casts are the place to be right now. I like to listen to them when I am in my car driving. On occasion, I will click on your email link and read Rich Habits (Everything you share is good. Thought provoking.) I should open the link every time I see a new entry, but I don’t because It takes too much effort to read – tired after a long day. (I’d be more dedicated if I made reading them a structured / scheduled event.) When I listen to Pod casts passively while driving, I will literally pull over to write down a piece of information or comment that resonates with me. I recognize success takes effort.
It’s apparent you spend a lot of time and energy doing research and supporting your website/blog. Everything you share is good. I think the reader ship numbers comes down to time, energy and effort required to read everything you share.
Best Regards. Robert B
What a great example of doing what it takes, Tom. Thank you.
You have accomplished much in your esteemed career. You are a successful accountant, financial professional, author and speaker. It feels strange even attempting to give you advice, since what I am about to say you already know, but here goes.
When you include stories in your articles, they tend to resonate more with the reader. The Mugsy story was inspiring to me and probably others.
Also, as you know, inspirational closings matter in speaking and writing. It leaves the audience feeling good and wanting to hear more.
Your message of Rich Habits and Poor Habits is vital. It would be great to reach those who can benefit most from it, and more storytelling and inspirational closings may assist.