I know I am not alone in the ongoing battle to lose weight. I’ve been beyond frustrated every time I stepped on the scale. So when a nearby gym offered a free six-week challenge to lose a certain number of pounds (you get your deposit back if you succeed),

I thought, “What do I have to lose?” As it turned out, a lot … of weight that is!

The gym provided all challengers with some instructions on diet and working out

and said that if we followed these rules we should be able lose the weight.

I figured it was worth a shot, and so I signed up. I quickly noticed changes. After the first week I was slimming down. By the second week I was in the groove, doing intense workouts, and by the third week, I thought, “Wow, I think I’m going to succeed at this.”

Two months ago, I never would have thought it possible, yet here I was, seeing myself getting stronger and leaner right before my eyes. It required discipline and abandoning some old habits, but it was quite doable.

Now I look forward to going to the gym after work, and my new diet has also become part of my daily routine.

I’m happy to report that I not only met the challenge goal weight, I exceeded it.

I’m not sharing this story so you’ll go sign up for a gym membership (though I wouldn’t talk you out of it). The experience got me thinking that if it can work for weight loss, can it work in business too.

I challenge you to take action. I know it won’t be hard to identify some aspects of your business that you want to improve upon or are unhappy with. That’s the first step. The next step is asking yourself, “What am I going to do about it?” Jot down some ideas, do some research and come up with a plan.

You may have to step out of your comfort zone to get results. Take that certification course or business class you’ve been thinking about. Learn a new skill. The key is setting measurable goals and holding yourself accountable to them.

I didn’t keep to a very strict diet before this, and I didn’t have a regular workout schedule. Now I work out five times a week and eat a low-fat, no sugar, low-carb diet. I can’t say I’ll never eat a donut again, but at least I know what I need to do to get back on track if I ever do. What can you do to get your business into shape?