Examining Failure.

Examining failed diet and exercise plans is pretty interesting. The commonalities are striking and worthy of study.

WOOF-WOOF. Most of us behave like puppies…we need external motivators. Whether it’s a reunion, vacation birthday or a wedding, having that “biscuit” dangled in front of our noses seems to give us the focus and determination needed to stick to our plan. The downside to external motivation is obvious-

what happens if the “bone” disappears?


Effective, consistent, sustainable motivation must come from within and we must stay plugged in to the ultimate reason for the effort. Taking time each morning to calibrate our day to a personal  “mission statement,” a written proclamation that clearly delineates our desires and our values, is key.

A regular reminder/review of WHY our goals and objectives exist in the first place improves our chances of actually fulfilling them.








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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Steven Dooey says:

    Hey, thanks for sharing ! Very true, deep motivation is intrinsic, not external. All the best!

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    1. Cindy says:

      You too Steve. I am actually going to draft up my ‘personal mission statement’ today..not to be confused with goal setting- just a written statement about what I want my life to be about. I think it could be an important, motivating, daily discipline to remind myself of the ‘greater picture’ every morning.


  2. I don’t like to think of them as “failed” plans. They were “learning” plans. We walk away, hopefully, with better understanding of what to do differently next time….And we only fail when we quit trying again.

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    1. Cindy says:

      Well said! that’s why I think it’s invaluable to discuss what we “learn”.. sharing and comparing our “findings” with others. Despite our differences, it’s amazing how similar our patterns are, both the ones that lead to success and you know..learning! 😊

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