I was at a leadership conference a few months ago and heard an interesting phrase.
Live a self-evaluating life.
Without really realizing it I have been doing this for a few years now. I ask a lot of questions of myself and try to evaluate how and why certain situations happen. I also try to plan ahead and evaluate how decisions I make today will influence my future.
The reason I bring this up is because today a member said she was somewhat discouraged with her results so far. I asked what would be one thing she feels like she could improve on To see better results and she didn't have an answer.
So we charted out a plan to start evaluating the next couple of days. What foods that person ate, how they would rank their performance in workouts, and how much focused they placed on nutrition each day. Ultimately, we wanted to be self evaluating throughout the day.
The overall goal is that this person would start to analyze themselves and realize that there are plenty of ways they can improve. This also helps people take responsibility and ownership for their situations. People who live a self-evaluating life realize that it's up to them if they want to make a change. Their effort and perspective will directly influence whether they succeed or not.
Do you live a self evaluating life? If not you could be unintentionally placing the blame on other people for your lack of progress. Analyze yourself and the result may surprise you :-)