Today we interview Marci Barker, Author of the Accountability Code.
Marci is also the owner of Fun and Sustainable Fitness. She really infuses fun into everything she does.
- Learn Marci’s 6 steps to accountability.
- Hear how accountability can help your life and business.
- Find out how Marci can be your loving kick in the pants!
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Marci Barker Accountability Code
[00:00:00] Hey there. I’m Marc Barker and I am the guest on the inspiring influencers show. Welcome to the inspiring influencers show Paul and Jennifer Hansel host interviews with inspiring thought leaders, storytellers, entrepreneurs, and legacy builders. Just like you learn from experts about finding your voice, mastering your mindset and creating movements with your message.
[00:00:22] Enjoy uplift stories and powerful strategies. Get ready to transcend to new levels of success. Happiness. Boy. Awesome. We are so thrilled to have you as our guest today. So Marcy, she is an author and a life and fitness coach in her book. The accountability code Marcy shares her system that will not only help you with your sense of wellbeing and your physical fitness.
[00:00:52] But will also help you solve your own personal problems in her business, fun and sustainable [00:01:00] fitness. Marcy will help you set up your own custom treatment program of mindset, orientation, movement, exercises, and nutrition advice. We know her for her fun and upbeat personality and had a great time getting to know her at pod Fest in Orlando.
[00:01:20] Yes, we were so excited to meet you, Marcy. We really clicked. We met you at the author panel where you and Paul were both authors on the panel and you intro introduced us to your accountability code book and you signed it so beautifully for me in the beginning there. We just love this book so much. We wanted to have you on the show and let everybody else know all about it.
[00:01:45] So how about if we start with your story, how you started your business, how you, and what brought you to writing the accountability code? Yes, it’s. It can be a long story. So if there’s more, you wanna know, we can go down that rabbit hole, [00:02:00] but I started my business fun and sustainable business in 2015 and my husband is a computer program.
[00:02:06] So when I became a personal trainer, he said, you need to personal train people on the internet. And I said, that’s so stupid. , you’re taking personal at personal training. And he’s like, no, you gotta do it. And I, I thought, you know, if I can make a hundred bucks a month extra from doing, uh, the same process that helped me lose baby weight, like that would be cool.
[00:02:25] So I asked my husband, I said, can you help me create like some sort of Google doc so I can hold people accountable because it doesn’t matter what, you know, it matters what you actually. He said Google doc, like that’s garbage. Google’s not really garbage, you know, but he was like, and he programed something that allowed me to keep track of all of my clients and their progress in a customizable way.
[00:02:46] So. My programs hit almost every state in the country in the first year. And I was like, husband, you’re kind of smart. You’re actually kind of a genius. And so we became a really good team, which is very important. We have four daughters and you know, that, [00:03:00] that requires us to work together. and so as I kept going, um, helping people with their physical transformations, their nutrition and their.
[00:03:09] I was helping a lot of my clients reach their physical peak of health, but I would still see that they’re not happy. You know, they’re posting on Facebook. They hate their mother-in-law or they’re they’re separating from their spouse or whatever. And, and I was like, you know, there’s gotta be more to health than just looking to certain way because it doesn’t solve your problems.
[00:03:27] And on the back end, I was going through my own stuff with my dad. Um, a little bit of family history, my great grandmother. She died in a mental hospital. And my grandma went crazy and there’s a lot of mental illness that runs in my family. So as I was experiencing, um, these mental challenges from a business aspect, I was also experiencing ’em in my own personal life.
[00:03:49] So I said, how can I help people and myself stay physically healthy? But not at the expense of their mental health. Like there’s gotta be a way to merge these together. And [00:04:00] it made a lot of sense because I run my life and my business by the saying true. Happiness comes only when our spirits learn to control our bodies, training them to be governed by the laws of God.
[00:04:12] So, as I thought about that, I was thinking, you know, God, I’m here for a purpose. It doesn’t matter what I look like. If I hate myself, it doesn’t matter what I look like. If I’m experiencing all these problems and you know what, it doesn’t matter what I look like. If I’m not happy with myself. And that’s the most important part.
[00:04:29] So fast forward, I’m still just running my business. You know, I do body sculpting challenges, nutrition, challenges, mental strength, challenges. And I, um, was scrolling through Facebook one day and one of my YouTube friends said, I’m looking for high energy entrepreneurs who want to scale their business, who wouldn’t mind being on a reality TV show.
[00:04:49] And I was like, you just described me. And so. I was cast for this show. We filmed all of 20, 21. And part of that [00:05:00] experience, the producer said in order to establish yourself as an expert, you’re all gonna write three books while on the show. And I was like, I’ll go with one. I’ll just go with one book because mindset’s important.
[00:05:12] I wasn’t interested in writing a recipe book or a workout training book. I was. I want to help people understand that they have a purpose and your body just needs to be functional enough to move you through that next step again, cuz it doesn’t matter what you know, it matters what you do and your body is the doer.
[00:05:31] Your mind can think of things all day long, but it’s your body that actually takes action. So. Found this reality TV show. Um, it’s not out yet, but it’s called ACE in the hole and it was a competition for business owners to scale. So part of that process was putting three years of business growth into six months.
[00:05:50] And, um, I was the only contested who actually wrote a book so I like, no, it’s unaccountability so fuck it. No, not [00:06:00] really. But, um, the, the competition it’s fun. I can’t wait for it to come out. What was so awesome about going through the process of writing the accountability code is that now I have the exact process to help people take action in a peaceful and easy way.
[00:06:16] And that’s a little bit odd in the fitness industry, because a lot of people believe that if you get in shape or you wanna reach your physical, uh, peak performance, you have to white knuckle your way through all of these things and have the discipline and the motivation and all of these things to just suck it up and make it happen.
[00:06:34] The accountability code is a six step process that helps you become aligned in your life so that your action steps become something that means so much to you. You can’t help, but show up in a new way. So the accountability code is really all about waking up and showing up. And that’s how I got my nickname, your loving kicking the pants, because I’m really good at helping you take action into very most important parts of.
[00:06:59] [00:07:00] So that’s, that’s me. That’s how, that’s where I got to where I am now. And it brought me to beautiful places, like podcast, where I can meet all of you. And, um, I’m so excited. You guys are by far the favorite people I met at podcast. So I’m you guys, if you have not seen post dance moves, like you gotta go find them.
[00:07:19] He’s posted them on the internet. And I. You know, I thought I was bringing the party is Paul. Oh, you, you did though. You did. I did. And, um, I do, I do wanna say it like your book. It’s all about taking action. You’re all about taking action. So like you practice what you preach. Um, I love it and it, it really.
[00:07:42] You know, helping people take accountability for so many things. And I, I really love, you know, a lot of the stories you talk about like what you went through, but you, you’re not repeating what you saw, you [00:08:00] know, what you went through, your family dysfunction and stuff like that. So, yeah. That’s really good.
[00:08:07] Yeah. Yeah. You really walk your talk. We really enjoyed connecting with you at pod Fest. It was such a fun event, wasn. We all had so many fun. Yes. Uh, yeah. I had a ton of fun. And thank you for the compliment. I actually was just on a client call and she said, you know, I knew I had to work with you because you not just talked the talk, but you walked the walk.
[00:08:23] So thank you. As, as an expert in accountability, that’s like the best compliment I, I can get, but somebody asked me one time. They said, so you just wrote a book on accountability. That means you have to like, always be on top of your game, like all the time. Right. And I said, yeah, of. But the trick is releasing all of the other things that really are not important to you.
[00:08:44] So that’s one of the ways the accountability code is so specific and custom for each person. Is that it’s all about you being accountable to you and nobody else. Yeah. So you have six steps right in here. Mm-hmm would you be able to give us sort of, um, an [00:09:00] overview. Yeah. Yeah. I would love to and doing an overview.
[00:09:03] I love it. I like to call it rapid fire because this, when I’m dealing with something in my own life, I can literally plug it into the accountability code and know exactly what direction to go in. So it will be my pleasure. The very first step of the accountability code is reflection. So that’s thinking on your goals, your values and your problems, and the coolest part about reflection is that it never stops.
[00:09:26] You cannot escape yourself. So you’re always having these conversations and it’s a really good way to recognize, like how did I get to this point in my life right now? So what I do with my clients is say, what’s going on? You know, values, goals, or problems, which one do you focus on right now? Because the accountability code will help you with them all.
[00:09:44] The next step is humility. Now, humility, I have studied in depth because spoiler alert. If you read the book, my dad compared me to Satan because apparently I’m so prideful. So when I started [00:10:00] including humility into the accountability code, I was thinking, you know what? This is necessary. We have to face our own demons.
[00:10:07] We also have to recognize where our strength comes from and modesty. Is important in how you move forward in your own life, because how many people are like, I can be accountable to somebody. But when it comes to me, it’s really hard. Right? So humility is a modest view of your own importance. So I like to say you’re not all that in a bag of chips and you know, it , so that’s the reason why that, why you want to change.
[00:10:32] I can recognize, you know, what, there’s a plan for me. And there’s a reason, a deep reason why I need to change my situation or my circumstances, or my behaviors and actions and habit. So humility. Um, this is, this is the beginning of my loving kick in my pants because it’s you getting real with what you really want in your life.
[00:10:52] Now, the third step of the accountability code is planning and planning is a detailed proposal for success. So a lot of [00:11:00] times like take, take losing weight. For example, people say, okay, I wanna lose some weights. I can follow this plan. If I just eat these things, or if I just do these exercises, then it should work.
[00:11:11] Well planning, knowing what you have to do is super important to actually get you there. So planning is really broad, but we talk about like, Hey, who do you know that has done? What you want? What does your plan look like? And until you dive deeper, like what did you think your plan was? So we start really broad.
[00:11:28] Then the next step of the accountability code step four is implementing. So implementing is putting into use or desired skills or values. Now this right here is a step that most people fail at, right? Cause we know what we need to do. We just need to do it. And if you were to ask your friends, you know, which step of the code sounds most fun?
[00:11:48] Everybody loves reflection. Cuz everybody loves talking and thinking, but it’s very, uh, it takes a little bit of discipline and power to actually implement what you talk about. Yeah. So putting [00:12:00] into use your desired skills or values that says, okay, what does the person who’s already reached your goal?
[00:12:07] What kind of things do they do on a daily basis? Do they wake up early? Do they say their prayers? Do they exercise? Do they take care of themselves? Do they speak kindly to their family members? I will always have a few suggestions, but most of the time you already know what you need to do. So implementing is making sure that we are doing what we know we need to and getting rid of everything else.
[00:12:29] So if you’re like that successful person probably doesn’t scroll on their phone for two hours every night, then that’s not gonna be the thing that we are gonna focus on implementing. Now, the fifth step of the accountability code is commitment, and this is dedicating yourself to a person or a. This part is my favorite because after we go through the accountability code, the commitment items is what the code reveals for you.
[00:12:53] So I talk, I, I talked to the client today and she’s, she has a six figure business and she did [00:13:00] it. She grew by going live on Facebook all the time. And so she did this 90 day life thing. And, um, her mother passed away and she went like this, went into her shell and she said, you know what? I know I’m gonna cry.
[00:13:12] My people have seen me cry. I just don’t know why I can’t go. So we talked about it, went through the accountability code and I said, ah, do you want your first loving kick in the pants? And she said, yes, I do. And so I took her action item, which was to go live and I programmed it into my app. And I said, now, when you track your progress, you’re gonna answer the question.
[00:13:33] Did you go live? Yes or no? So your commitment items are very black and white. It’s either you did it or you didn’t do it. Cuz we can’t just talk about it. We actually need to be held accountable for it. So my commitment items, they’re my favorite part because it’s a mix between what you. And accountability to what you really need.
[00:13:52] That’s why it becomes so easy and peaceful is because you desire to move forward in a way that you didn’t use to before now, the last step [00:14:00] of the accountability code is feedback. Feedback is information used as basis for improvement. So this is really, really cool because life changes. Sometimes we take a step and we’re like, oh crap.
[00:14:11] That’s not exactly how I thought it would. So I probably need to change a little bit. So feedback is just data. A lot of the times it’s not emotional. It said, you know, you went live for 90 days. What did you see? What did you notice? Who did you meet? What happened? And the coolest part about the accountability code is that it’s meant to work in a cycle.
[00:14:31] So you take all the feedback that you learned and it starts out as reflection. Hmm. I’m gonna think on my values, goals and problem. Based on this updated or elevated way of thinking. And guess what? You just became a better version of yourself by applying the accountability code. We didn’t say we were perfect.
[00:14:49] We didn’t say we did all the things we said we were gonna do, but guess what? We’re better at it now better today than we were yesterday. So the accountability code I’m like, I kind of lucked out, but [00:15:00] I don’t feel like I created it when I was writing it. I felt really inspired. And when I go through the process with my clients, I am just in awe.
[00:15:10] I am so grateful. I get to be a part, a very small part of their transformation, but ultimately it works when you just plug it into the accountability code. It’s really, really awesome. Oh, wow. That is incredible. Yeah. Wow. I mean, that’s just fascinating and I love that you have such a pragmatic approach and yet infuse fun.
[00:15:34] Good. Yes. Thank you. I am a very, I’m a very methodical, uh, black and white person, but I came from a family of eight children and I’m number six out of eight. So I definitely learned how to, uh, gain the attention in the room. So, but having fun is, it’s just, it’s good. I just, I feel better when I’m having fun.
[00:15:55] So thank you. I did try to make it fun. It is fun. Being accountable is really fun. [00:16:00] Yes. I, I love how it everything’s custom, like, you know, to, to your clients or what they’re going through or that kind of thing. And then, I mean, you know, that’s really what kind of accountability and fitness is all about.
[00:16:16] Everybody’s different. yep. And it has to be because how many of us have tried one size fits all programs? We’re like, I’m the exception. And we feel like we’ve failed because this program was so popular when in reality, it just wasn’t created for us. Yeah. And a lot of people, if you don’t understand how to adapt your goals to your own personal circumstances, that’s where we feel like we’re just not measuring up and guess what?
[00:16:45] You should never feel like. God, never wants you to feel like that your family never wants you to feel like that. And the truth is like you are a magnificent person. So as often as you can tell yourself that that’s what you’re gonna do, but it’s all custom. Like you said, we’re all different. [00:17:00] We’re all different.
[00:17:00] So it needs, the path needs to be different. and you have a faith perspective, but, but I found, um, you know, I have different beliefs, but I, I found it very practical and easy to follow. It was enjoyable. Yeah. So I think anybody can use this no matter what your, uh, foundation or beliefs are. It’s very practical tips that anyone can use to improve their life and their business.
[00:17:23] So really well done on the book. Thank you. That means a lot. Awesome. So, oh, okay. So we, we have a speed round quickly. Okay. Where I’m gonna ask you three questions. You’re just gonna give like quick three, one minute answers or shorter. Okay. Okay. So, uh, first one, what does Marcy do for fun? Ooh. What does Marcy do for fun?
[00:17:49] Well, recently I just bought myself a crapload of Legos. My birthday was a couple weeks ago and my nephews were in town. I don’t have any boys. So when I had boys in my house, I was like, [00:18:00] Legos are fun. I sat and played with Legos for about an hour and a half, and I had no idea what that would do for self care.
[00:18:05] So lately I have Legos up on the shelf and that the kids are not allowed to touch them, but Legos that’s been fun for me doing Legos. Yeah. Cool. Nice. Well, that’s. What’s your favorite quote? True. Happiness comes only when our spirits learn to control our bodies, training them to be governed by the laws of God.
[00:18:27] And I will say that over and over until I die. cool. Awesome. And who has inspired you the most? Hmm. Who has inspired me the most? Um, I don’t know if I could pinpoint it to one person. I have an outlook where I like to pull the good from everyone and everything that I see. So if I can take a, a trigger of, oh my gosh, I just realize [00:19:00] this and turn it into something good.
[00:19:02] Um, that inspires me. Um, My kids, my kids inspire me to do better. Cuz you know, you can’t, you can’t be the perfect parent, but you know, you can try . So my kids really inspired me to own up to my own behavior and to be accountable for the things that I say and do. Hmm. Nice. So. That’s really good. Oh, that’s wonderful.
[00:19:26] Well, how, how can people connect with you and what else do you have going on that you can tell us about? Yeah, so I just barely released a workbook version of the accountability code, so, wow. I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but you could skip. Buying this book and just go straight for my workbook because it’s like this on steroids.
[00:19:47] Um, so it’s on Amazon, but where you can go is Marcy three sixty.com and that’s all my information. You can book a call with me. You can check out the events I’m speaking at. [00:20:00] And, um, you can also grab a copy of my book too. If you get the workbook on Amazon, there’s a QR code inside of it. That when you scan it, you also get the audio version too, the audio and the ebook.
[00:20:11] So you kind of get ’em all. And like I said, it’s super cheap right now, so I would hurry and grab it before. The price goes up, but Marcy three sixty.com is where they can find anything. And I would love to take people through the accountability code for free. So if you have a, if you’re thinking on your goals, your values and your problems, and you just want help taking the next step, um, I, I would absolutely love that for people to book a free call with me.
[00:20:36] Oh, that’s amazing. So I’ll, and I’ll put all those links in the show email@example.com. Thank you. Yes. And, and so now, Can I mention you might have a podcast coming out. Yes. So it is, it is there there’s nothing on it yet because everything is gonna come from my book when I’m ready to get it in podcast form, I kind of [00:21:00] just skipped a step and I went with my audio book, but my podcast is called your loving kick in the pants.
[00:21:06] Oh, oh, okay. Awesome. I love it. Yep. Your loving kick in the. Yep. You’re loving, kicked the pets all about taking action and your life and your health and your business. Oh, wonderful. Well, thank you so, so much for being with us today. We just thank you guys. It was so good with you too. Yeah.