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Attitude

America’s Mind Plague- Excuses

Your excuses are legitimate. Now let's go work out.

The number one reason we have an obesity epidemic is because we make excuses under the guise of being busy, flexible, in crisis, skeptical, cynical, physically unable, too old, and selfless.  Read more

The 80/20 Principle

Focus on the critical 20% and see the biggest results.

Wouldn’t you like to work less and get the same or better results? I sure would. It’s easier than you might believe. Richard Koch in his book, The 80/20 Principle, defines this secret to success. I found the statistics to be fascinating and the application of this principle to business rings alarmingly true. I think back to when I was in college and realize how much I SHOULD have practiced the 80/20 principle. Read more

The Boston Marathon

Sometimes you have to rely on true grit.

Is the Boston Marathon all that it’s cracked up to be?

The medal is mediocre at best.  There isn’t even a granola bar in the goodie bag.  It’s expensive to participate.  The course is really difficult.  The downhills trash your quads just in time to need them to climb the Newton Hills.  The race begins late so you have to run in the middle of the day.  This year that meant running in 89 degrees!

Even so, you have one day of the year that every serious runner from every country wants to be in Boston, Massachusetts. Why? Read more

Time to Workout Again?!

Good habits beat out good goals.

Are short and long term goals essential to our success in getting fit and healthy?  In my opinion, not so much.

Americans are quite good at goal setting.

“I want to lose 20 pounds by spring!”  “I’m going to eat healthier in 2012!”  “I’m going to fit in my high school jeans in time for my reunion.”  “I’m going to run my first marathon.” Read more

The Key to Discipline

Rules are NOT meant to be broken

Why do they have rules in elementary school?  To teach discipline and provide structure.  Without rules, there is chaos.  Does your life feel chaotic?  Here is how to bring discipline and structure to your life. (And a few warnings to keep you out of trouble). Read more

The Enormous Power of Questions- Self Sabotage

You are your own worst enemy.

View previous post in series, The Enormous Power of Questions.

Just as the right questions lead us to positive results, the wrong questions will lead you to inaction, steer you away from your goals, and destroy your self image.

Here are some good examples of self sabotage at work. Read more

The Enormous Power of Questions- Your Steering Wheel

Questions are powerful motivators for change

PLAN your questions when you are motivated and don’t change them when you’re not.  The questions must reinforce rather than undermine your goal when you are making a decision.

Questions are more powerful than commitments, according to research done by Dr. Senay at the University of Illinois.  “Will I exercise today?” is more effective than “I will exercise today.”  The former inspires a sense of responsibility where the latter triggers guilt and shame.

There is a sense of self power that comes from your brain’s ability to answer the question.

The right questions have been the single most powerful motivator for change to my lifestyle. Read more

Willpower Is The New Dirty Word

Willpower = Success!

Watch any program about weight loss, read what the experts are saying about why America has an obesity problem, or even listen to Oprah, and you will hear over and over again that losing weight is not about willpower.  Really? Read more

Simple Mottos – Big Results

Mottos simplify mission statements

The KISS Principle- “Keep it simple stupid”.  Keeping things simple is one of the most tedious tasks.  Since your goal is simplicity, you’d think it would be simple to be simple.  Naaaaahhhhh! Read more