Examining Failure.


I have spent the past two days discussing failed dieting and exercise plans with friends and family. The commonalities are striking and worthy of study.  I’m going to share them over the next few days as I make my own lifestyle modifications.

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 downsides to external motivations are obvious- what happens after we get the cookie?


While there is certainly nothing wrong with goal setting, external motivation usually leads to major shifts and swings on the scale as we roll from having something we are working towards to having nothing on the calendar.

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Conclusion #1Long lasting, effective, consistent, sustainable motivation must come from deep within ourselves. Internal spiritual wellness expresses itself externally. So if a balanced, steady, healthy lifestyle is a byproduct of a settled, peaceful, expectant, and contented soul;  our minds must be fed every morning long before we feed our bodies.

 Just as the old fashioned scales require occasional recalibration in order to produce an accurate reading..we should start each day calibrating ourselves externally to our internal life philosophy or personal  “mission statement.” Whether this means meditation, prayer or an inspirational reading..we need to take care of our insides first.

STEP #1- Start the day with five or ten minutes of personal calibration.





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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.


  1. 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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