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Don't Try To Be Perfect, Just Be Better!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013



This whole thing that we are doing here is a process. The process starts by identifying what the problem is. Then we make a plan to remedy the problem. The process ends when we follow the plan that we set in place until the problem is eliminated. Simple, right? In a perfect world, that is what would happen, but as we all know, this is far from a perfect world!

So often we spend our time trying to be perfect. "If I eat this and don't eat that I will lose the weight!" "If I do cardio for so many minutes every day then I will lose weight!" "I will never eat another cookie again and I will log 100 workout minutes every day!" "I will, I will, I will..." and when we don't do that, we feel like we have let the world down.

You haven't!

How about you add another "I will..." to the process! How about you add...

"I will not try to be perfect, but I will be better!"?

NEWSFLASH...YOU ARE NOT PERFECT! We are after all, human! We will make mistakes. You will have a cookie again. You will have plenty of days where you don't get in 100 minutes of workout time. It happens! Life happens! Bumps in the road happen. POTHOLES in the road happen! When those bumps and potholes happen, you are not letting the world down. Those potholes WILL NOT define who you are with this process! What will define you is how you fill in those pot holes and continue driving down the road!


No, that is not me...but I know the feeling

I know that I have had plenty of potholes on my process road! I have hit potholes along the way that have broken me down and reduced me to tears. No, I am not ashamed to admit that! I own that! That is my process! There wasn't anything easy about losing 215 lbs and there isn't anything easy now trying to lose the next 15! The process is a struggle. But if you trust that struggle, stick with it, and trust the process, you will be forever grateful that you did! You will NOT regret it!

Believe in your struggle! Believe in your process! Believe that you are on your process road and you won't let any potholes stop you!

You don't have to be perfect, just be better! Just be better than you were last year. Just be better than you were last month. Just be better than you were last week. Just be better than you were yesterday! Then what? Be better tomorrow than you are right now!

Be Better!

Embrace Your Possibilities

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/16/2013 9:02PM

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ROCKYCPA 8/16/2013 8:35PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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TERMITEMOM 8/16/2013 7:41PM

    Wonderful blog! So inspiring, and so true!

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PAULINE1123 8/16/2013 6:29PM

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JSEATTLE 8/16/2013 5:59PM

  OMG I so know that feeling too! Love your thoughts and pictures.

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CICELY360 8/16/2013 5:00PM

  good blog

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PATRICIAANN46 8/16/2013 4:16PM

  Wonderful and Inspirational advice.............. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/16/2013 3:52PM

  I love your blogs. I laughed at the picture you choose. That's foreign to some, enjoying the process, and it sure makes things emoticon emoticon emoticon better doesn't it.?

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LDANIELS17 8/16/2013 3:07PM

    Iron man Brad,

I so look forward to reading your blogs! Not only are they motivational but they are down to earth and funny too. You make them entertaining and fun to read. I wish I could do that. You know how to get people moving and inspired and I so admire you for that. It's so true how we all need to be better and stop trying to be perfect. Because, there's no such thing. I've noticed in myself that I now need weights attached to my ankles and wrists because if I don't use them, the workout is too easy! So I know I've gotten better. AND, I'm with you on hitting those potholes!! I hit one yesterday and started crying. I just let myself cry and let it all out! I'm so proud to get to know you and that you were willing to be my spark friend! Thanks for all your advice and your amazing gifts and abilities to inspire others!

Love ya,
Lisa
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MONTREAL12 8/16/2013 2:55PM

  Good advice! emoticon emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 8/16/2013 2:13PM

    AWESOME. YOU NAILED THAT DOWN GOOD. IF PEOPLE JUST STOPPED AND THOUGHT ABOUT, REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE DOING TO THEIR BODIES THEY WOULD BE SO DISGUSTED AND UPSET WITH THEMSELVES. I OWN THAT ONE AS I'VE DONE THAT. NOT HAPPY BUT WILL BE. OH YA! THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/16/2013 1:52PM

    You NAILED IT!! Happy Friday....Happy weekend!! Enjoy!!

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KARRENLYNN 8/16/2013 1:46PM

    Well said!

Have a great day!
Karen

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GEORGE815 8/16/2013 1:33PM

    Yes be better,

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DIANNEMT 8/16/2013 1:10PM

    It is a journey--and it will have ups and downs.

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LSDALOIA 8/16/2013 12:48PM

    I'm going to keep this in mind as I socialize this weekend! But now.....off to workout. Thanks!

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BAMAJAM 8/16/2013 12:46PM

  Man O Man---- That pothole could sure ruin a "perfect" hairdo! LOL

Your blog inspires (and amuses) the citizens of Sparkville..Thank you!

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1BUTTERFLYSPARK 8/16/2013 12:19PM

    I am training for my first walking half marathon and I have a marker board on the fridge and it say's " Doesn't have to be pefect". I have had to look at that sign and remind myself over and over it does not have to be perfect. Just today I went for a 4 mile walk and I turned around at the wrong spot and lost a tenth of a mile. Doesn't have to be pefect.

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MRSRIGS1 8/16/2013 11:54AM

    Thank you! I needed this! 'What you do today can improve all your tomorrows' I will try to do better!


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NEWTINK 8/16/2013 11:01AM

    wonderful blog and so true emoticon

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ONTHEPATH2 8/16/2013 10:42AM

    Just what I needed to hear!!! Thank you! emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 8/16/2013 10:14AM

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MOMMY445 8/16/2013 9:40AM

    such a great blog! have a terrific day!

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PENOWOK 8/16/2013 9:33AM

    I can relate to the head in the sand hole! Thanks!

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LCRUMLEY81 8/16/2013 8:53AM

  So true.

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SJKENT1 8/16/2013 8:48AM

    Pot holes and sink holes abound. Striving to keep on going.

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THINANDFITEMILY 8/16/2013 8:46AM

    yes! this is exactly what I was thinking about today- this was so perfect emoticon
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SANDYCRANE 8/16/2013 8:00AM

    I have been in that stupid pothole all summer, but I am not giving up. Thanks for the insightful blog.

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JANEMARIE77 8/16/2013 7:58AM

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/16/2013 7:46AM

    "I WILL embrace MY possibilities" emoticon emoticon blog!!!! You hit the nail right on the head with this one emoticon
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GLORYB2014 8/16/2013 7:30AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us, an excellent read!
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IDICEM 8/16/2013 7:08AM

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FORBANDE 8/16/2013 6:55AM

    "Believe in your struggle! Believe in your process!"

Oh, I hate to think of how many times I've stopped or re-adjusted unnecessarily because I didn't trust the process and ride it out a little longer.

Thanks for this blog!

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/16/2013 6:50AM

    I've not thought of the concept of believing in the struggle...the process, yes. I trust the process. But the struggle...that is an awe-inspiring concept that opens a lot of doors for me.

Thank you for something truly significant to think about.

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CHERYLHURT 8/16/2013 6:45AM

  Very well said!

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LEANJEAN6 8/16/2013 6:38AM

    Well Brad--Great to read this--so m emoticon any bumps eh, but we are trying to fix all the breaks--I love it!-Lynda

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LRSILVER 8/16/2013 6:36AM

    Well said.

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BESSHAILE 8/16/2013 6:34AM

    So true.

And think about this - what if you were perfect? There'd be nothing left for you to do! How awful. May we all never become perfect but instead may we keep on traveling down that interesting, challenging, always-offering-us-something-new, road.

Happy Friday!

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SHERYLP461 8/16/2013 6:17AM

    Very well said. thanks

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ASMARTERWAY 8/16/2013 4:07AM

    It's a hard tendency to resist but a good one to practice as aiming for perfection brings the inevitable disappointment

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_CYNDY55_ 8/16/2013 12:18AM

    😜 emoticon Your emoticon Blog!!

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SKAHONEY4U 8/16/2013 12:06AM

    Great blog. I've been in a 2 week long "pothole." I hope I climb out soon!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/15/2013 11:46PM

    What??? I'm NOT perfect?? emoticon I hope you know I am just teasing! One thing I have never been called is perfect and I never want to be.

I love this blog! I don't know how and where you came into so much wisdom on how this process works and how to motivate and achieve those goals that seem so unreachable but you have it. I am so grateful that Spark posted your story and I read it. You are such an inspiration and you make this journey seem so real and so possible.

Thank you for posting this blog and all of your others words of wisdom and sharing them with all of SparkVille!! And thank you for sharing and motivating and helping me as much as you do!

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