Here’s why we fail

Holy Family Catholic Church stage


(photo: The road to heck is paved with good intentions.)

Here’s why we fail.

We tell people what we’re gonna do and our brain sends endorphins out, making us feel good about our bold plan to change or create.

We like this.

In fact, we dig the way we feel from these bold proclamations.

And then we fail.

We fail because talk is cheap.

Please don’t tell us what you’re going to do.

Tell us after you’ve done it.

Not a minute before.


Because you can’t say you did something if you haven’t.

But anyone can make a great claim to change.

So predictable.

And boring, and tiring, and well, you know.

Try it next time you want to kick your butt about that big thing you’ve always wanted to do.

And watch how it changes you.

PS. Congratulations in advance.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    Great post but I wonder what you think about the spoken intent and the consequences of accountability to not only yourself but to the person you committed yourself to.


  2. Rob, thanks for your question. Do you have “For instance, when…”, because context is everything.

    This post is inspired from an overwhelming number of observations over 55 years and personal experience.

    Bottomline, talk is cheap, and there is an exception to nearly every rule.

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