Motivation Blog

These articles are about motivation to keep you in shape, working out and eating right.

Mindset: Fixed or Growth?

Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, is the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. The focus of the book is on the issue of a fixed or a growth mindset. Those who have a fixed … Continue reading

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Nothing to Prove

Recently we had friends over for dinner. The husband, an excellent golfer, was our club champion over ten years ago. He plays with a group of low-handicap golfers that includes several other former club champions. All of these golfers, former … Continue reading

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The Power of a Written Plan

I have a special fondness for Kelsey, the daughter of my friends Terry and Gail, no doubt due to the fact that she was conceived in our guest bedroom in Bucks County, Pa, a bit over 20 years ago. She … Continue reading

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Fitness Beyond 50: Do Something Hard

A year ago, my son Michael invited me to join him, his wife Michelle, and a dozen friends on a 10-day cycling trip to Sardinia and Corsica in October 2014. The trip was initiated at the dinner celebration following our … Continue reading

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Setting Goals: The Power of BHAG

In their book Built to Last, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras introduced the concept of “Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals,” a.k.a. BHAG, which is a concept meant to motivate companies to set high goals and discuss how to achieve them. Collins … Continue reading

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Einstein and Exercise

Some of you may recall the definition of insanity, often attributed to Albert Einstein: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This applies to many situations, including exercise. I recently signed up for training sessions with … Continue reading

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Grit: What Does it Have to do With Fitness and Health?

The MacArthur Foundation awards grants to a number of individuals each year. Called “Genius Grants,” they provide recipients with an unrestricted stipend of $625,000 paid over five years. A total of 24 grants were awarded recently for 2013. One of … Continue reading

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Harry Godfrey: The Story of a Long, Healthy Life

Sue and I had great fun working together over three decades ago; as a result, we’ve kept in touch regularly. She’s read my stories and offered this one about her father, also named Harry. “I think the slant on my … Continue reading

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Only One Body: Jean’s Story

I’m normally at my fitness center in Florida a few minutes after it opens at 6:30 AM. Jean, soon to be 50 years of age, is always there ahead of me. I’ve been impressed by both the intensity and variety … Continue reading

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The Future Belongs to the Fit: What Do You Want to Do in 10 Years?

Last year, I turned 75. It’s a milestone, but my only reflection was, “How did I get here so quickly?” In a few months, I’ll turn 76. My thoughts this year are a bit deeper: “What do I want to … Continue reading

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