My Overweight Friend (aka – Reducing e-mail)

Here’s a story for you about a friend of mine who decided he wanted to lose weight. He told me that he felt like he was being dragged down by his weight and could not accomplish what he wanted to in a day. So, when I spoke to him last he told me he was off “to join a gym”.

I ran into my friend yesterday and I asked him how his weight loss was coming along. He was exasperated at the situation as he hadn’t lost one pound. I asked him what happened to his gym membership? He replied “I joined but I never went in to the place.” I asked him about what he had changed in his diet? He replied “nothing”. I inquired about exercise such as jogging, “No” biking, “No” walking? “No”. Now I was the one getting exasperated. I said to him “it doesn’t seem that you really want to lose weight”. He replied angrily “I do”. Really? He said that may he may not be changing his bahavior but “he still wants to lose weight.”

OK….so I might have made my friend up (I really do have friends…I do). But let me replace a few word above with a story below:

Here’s a story for you about a friend of mine who decided he wanted to reduce his e-mail. He told me that he felt like he was being dragged down by the sheer volume and could not accomplish what he wanted to in a day. So, when I spoke to him last he told me he was off to “participate in the organization collaboration space”.

I ran into my friend yesterday and I asked him how his weight loss was coming along. He was exasperated at the situation as he hadn’t reduced one e-mail. I asked him what happened to his community membership? He replied “I joined but I never went in to the place.” I asked him about what he had changed in his behavior? He replied “nothing”. I inquired about exercise such as posting forum topics, “No” blogs, “No” boomarking? “No”. Now I was the one getting exasperated. I said to him “it doesn’t seem that you really want to reduce his e-mail”. He replied angrily “I do”. Really? He said that he may not be changing his behavior but “he still wants to reduce his e-mail.”

So, enough with the lip service.  If you are ready to change your behaviour…then change your behaviour.

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2 Responses to My Overweight Friend (aka – Reducing e-mail)

  1. Kathryn says:

    Love this! I’ll be using this in my client work (full credit to you Mark of course)

  2. Theresa says:

    Great analogy Mark! Now to have the discipline to reduce the weight…
    Theresa

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