Motivation

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 in training…we need external motivators. Whether it’s a reunion, vacation 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?

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Effective, consistent, sustainable motivation must come from within.  And just as the old fashioned scales require regular recalibration in order to produce an accurate reading..we should try to take time each morning to calibrate our day to our personal  “mission statement,” a written proclamation that clearly delineates our desires and our values. A regular reminder of WHY our goals and objectives exist in the first place improves our chances of actually fulfilling them.

 

 

 

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4 comments on “Examining Failure.

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

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    • 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.

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  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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    • 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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