“Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.” -Aristotle
A few weeks ago, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn. In episode 80, Pat interviewed Tony Stubblebine, co-founder of an iPhone/Web application called Lift™ . Stubblebine explained that he created this application in an attempt to help people achieve their goals. Intrigued by the conversation that ensued, I decided to head over to iTunes to check it out.
Succeed at everything. Lift™ is like having a coach in your iPhone with you ever second of the day with motivation, coaching, and prompting.
-Step-by-step coaching toward making your goals habitual
-Based on the latest behavior and goal design research
-Mark your progress with a single tap
-See your progress visualized
-Get support from your friends
-Try to beat your best streaks
Succeed at everything? Wow…now that’s a promise!
When I saw the price tag of “free”, I knew I had to at least try it! What did I have to lose?
As it turned out, I had nothing to lose and everything to gain! This application has certainly enhanced my ability to get things done, and I already consider myself a blackbelt in productivity. I coach productivity!
So how has Lift™ helped me? Setting daily habits in the app keeps me on track. Checking off those habits assures me that I’m working on the right things every single day. When I say “right” things, I mean those small habits that I believe will lead me to my ultimate goals.
In his interview, Stubblebine explains that successful people often give off the impression that their success was a magical occurrence resulting solely from talent. The reality, however, is this: most successful people got where they are because they created habits that they work hard to maintain every single day.
This, then, is the philosophy behind Lift™. The functionality of the application is to hold you accountable for those things you’ve identified as critical to achieving success.
Here are three reasons I love Lift™:
1) It breaks down seemingly humongous goals into small, manageable tasks. One of the golden rules of productivity is that you need to break down your goals into manageable tasks. For example, I’ve been trying to move from a vegetarian diet to a vegan diet. Being a lover of cheese, giving that up seems like such a huge thing to me. While I’m not ready to stop cold turkey, I’ve set up a habit for myself in Lift™ to “eat less dairy”. That’s doable. I can do that daily and Lift™ tracks the days where I accomplish this. It also motivates me to see those days adding up and makes me want to do that more! As a result, I’ve had more vegan days than non-vegan days it this shows me that it can be done! So, if you aren’t a vegetarian but would like to simply improve your diet by having more meatless days, you could setup a habit for yourself that says, “Eat less meat.” Again, totally doable!
2) The Social Component. I like to describe Lift™ as a Facebook for habits. I say this because you can have friends and join groups within the app. This gives you a greater sense of accountability for checking things off every day. I’ve tried other habits tracker applications in the past and while I’ve experienced some level of success with those, the social component of Lift™ makes me feel a bit more accountable.
Your friends see your check-ins each day and can give you “props”, which are equivalent to the Facebook “like”. They can also leave comments, which can also be very motivating.
3) It’s free! You literally have nothing to lose by trying this application. If it doesn’t work for you, delete it and pretend this never happened…hehe. Seriously though, I’ve purchased applications in the past that didn’t live up to their promises. This one hasn’t disappointed me yet! I’ve even made a couple of “would-be-nice-to-have” suggestions and have received prompt replies (not automated) back from the support group thanking me for my suggestions.
One word of caution: don’t get too “habit happy”. There were so many things I had wanted to make part of my daily routine that before I knew it, I had entered around fifteen habits in my tracker. Overwhelming yourself with too many habits can actually have the opposite of the intended effect, leaving you feeling demotivated. When I felt this happening to me, I did a cleanup and eliminated a few. Your habits are not set in stone in Lift™, so know that once you have some on autopilot, you can remove them and add new ones.
If you decide to try out the application, please leave a comment below letting us know how it worked for you. Also, feel free to add both Larissa and I as friends in the app!
Get the Lift™ app for iPhone
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