One Word That Kills Your Success

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One Word That Kills Your Success And an Update on The Hammer and Chisel

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An Update

I am in the home stretch of The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, and I am loving the results! I am definitely getting more toned, and it is fun having two different trainers. It definitely keeps you from getting bored. I am going to mix it in with another of my workout programs (probably P90X3) next to get fitter by summer time. 🙂

The Word That Kills Your Success

We have all heard it. What really matters is that you “tried.” I am all for trying and going for your dreams. But, the problem I have with the word try is that it gives us an out to give up.

I have this talk with the kids all the time, especially when they say they will try to do something I asked them. You can decide to do it. Whatever it is that you want to do, you have to decide and commit to seeing it through. Don’t say you are going to try. Like Nike’s slogan, just do it. 

I used to say I was going to try to workout. Or try to eat healthier. Or try to lose weight. Or try to make time for friends. On and on… But something happens when you stop saying you will try to do it. You make up your mind and you go for it!

Will things come up and you can’t get your workout in? Sure, of course they will. But you can stay determined and do it your workout (or eat healthy and so on) tomorrow. Schedule it and make a plan. Trying won’t get you the results you want, but following through will. 

This doesn’t mean that you have to do it all at once. If you have followed this blog, you know I am a proponent of gradual, habitual change. So find a small step and do it. Don’t try to change every aspect of your life that needs changing at once. Start small, be consistent, and add another habit once you have got the first one down.

I believe in you, and I know if I can make changes in my life, then so can you. I know because I haven’t been good at it. I have “tried” for many years with no results (or even worse, yo-yo results). But all it takes is a small step in the right direction to change the whole course of your life and your health.

Don’t try to make that first, small step. Do it. You will be so glad you did!


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  1. Jenny DeMaster says:

    There are so many ways to motive yourself and I have found looking through youtube videos to be one that does well for me.

  2. Definitely! And I love Pinterest for motivation too.

  3. Piper says:

    Oh, I absolutely hate that word too! As adults, we should be out of the stage of “trying” something out. If we want to do something, go for it. Trying is good for kids, and kids only, in my opinion. But as adults, you and only you are in control of your life. If you want to lose weight and be healthier, do it. If you want a different, better paying job, get an education (if needed) and put in your resume….if you want to go on a cruise on minimum wage pay, save up….there is no block to what you CAN do, only if you want it enough.

  4. Julie Sanders says:

    I agree. When something fails for me, I always look at the positive as “I tried”, but when you do that for the 15th time, something is not right. You need to forge ahead and really make a difference in your life. After all, YOU are the only one that can do that!

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