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A little over a year ago, I got really serious about trying to tone up and cut down on some body fat.

I bought a Fitbit and started tracking my calories, steps, and daily activity.

Tracking calories is not easy.

I'll be the first one to admit that it takes a lot of discipline, a lot of patience, and a lot of commitment. But over time it becomes easier each day as it starts to enforce itself as a habit.

My decision to do this was rewarded in that over the course of five to six months I dropped about 10 pounds.

The great thing is I didn't do it with some sort of crazy crash diet where the 10 pounds is going to come back the following week. Rather, it was gradual so that I barely even noticed the changes in my daily intake & activity

As this discipline became an easier and easier thing, I started to treat it as a given.

I'd miss a day here and a day there because, to be honest, I wasn't seeing any immediate negative consequences.

I was still maintaining a pretty optimal weight.
I was still hitting the gym.

I knew somewhere in the back of my mind that I was still eating relatively healthy.

However, over the last few months, my dedication to tracking calories has completely fallen off the map.

I'd like to blame it on the fact that I've had some injuries, some work stress, and things like that which kept me distracted.

However, the truth is I just kind of took the whole tracking calories for the betterment of my health thing for granted and felt like most days I probably would be fine if I didn't do it at all.

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Now, several months later, thankfully I'm still pretty much at the same weight I was, but I haven't dropped any more fat and now I'm looking back thinking to myself...

"Wow Carl, you had so much success doing it the right way. Why have you suddenly been content with not doing this at all?"

My point is this...

By nature, I'm a pretty disciplined person, especially when it comes to fitness.

I try to eat right.
I exercise most days.
I'm pretty committed to the whole thing.

But even as disciplined as I am, at times, I still let things fall off.

I still take things for granted.

I still tend to slide in certain areas if I'm not hyperfocused on my disciplines.

I think though, to be honest, if I had other people involved in this whole Fitbit calorie tracking thing, I probably wouldn't have fallen off as quickly because they would've reminded me why I'm doing it in the first place.

This is why we need a community.
This is why we need people in our life.

Because as committed or well-intentioned as we are, often those intentions and disciplines tend to fade away if we don't have people around us reminding us of why we are doing this stuff in the first place.

This doesn't make you a slacker.
This doesn't make you a loser.

This makes you a human.

We get busy.
We get distracted.

Heck, sometimes life completely blows up throwing us into chaos mode where the last thing on our mind is some stupid daily discipline that we've incorporated to better ourselves.

This is all understandable, but it doesn't help us.

Success isn't an overnight thing.
Success is a daily discipline.

It comes from doing the same things (the right things) consistently and not stopping because we felt like we made it or because we've just gotten too busy.

Whatever it is that you're trying to improve on... your health, not looking at porn, not going to strip clubs, whatever it may be, you're going to do better if you have people around you reminding you of why you're doing it in the first place.

You need that support system, so go get it.

Because if you don't, most likely your good intentions and your daily disciplines are going to fall off and then years later you're going to look back and wonder what the heck happened.

Go get your team.

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