Price Pritchett, the author of 25 books including "The Quantum Leap Strategy," emphasizes that failure is a sign of progress:
"Everything looks like a failure in the middle. You can't bake a cake without getting the kitchen messy. Halfway through surgery it looks like there's been a murder in the operating room. If you send a rocket toward the moon, about ninety percent of the time it's off course - it "fails " its way to the moon by continually making mistakes and correcting them."
If you measure your body fat and there's no change (or it increases), you haven't failed - you've simply produced a result. As long as you're taking action, whatever result you produce is "performance feedback.." It may not be the result you wanted, but it's still valuable feedback. You've learned something: You've learned one way that doesn't work.
If you want to produce a different result, you simply need to try a different approach. One definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing while expecting a different result. Thomas Edison tried thousands of experiments to find a filament that would burn in the electric light bulb. When asked what it felt like to fail so many times, Edison said he didn't fail:
"If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless."
You're always going to get some kind of results. It's how you interpret your results that will determine whether you'll reach your final destination or not. Like the pilot, or Thomas Edison, you need to gather feedback and change your course the instant you notice you're not heading in the right direction (while learning in the process).
At the most basic level, the changes you'll make to your program consist of eating less or exercising more. However, from what you've learned about the body's defenses against starvation, you know that eating less only works to a point. That's why increasing the volume of your activity is almost always the best option when you're not getting the fat loss you want.
Even increasing activity only works to a point, because over-training and adaptation can set in, so you need other options - and the more options you have, the better. You'll learn about all these options later in this chapter. All things being equal, the person with the most options is the one most likely to succeed.
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