Success Leaves Clues: How to Learn from Your Past Successes (and that of others)


When we attempt to achieve a goal that we’ve tried to achieve before, such as losing significant weight and keeping it off for good, it’s easy to waste a lot of precious energy dwelling on our past mistakes and failures.

What if, instead, we chose to look at all that we did well and all of the aspects that contributed to the success we did have?

Success leaves clues.

And spending time studying and learning from past success – the successes we’ve had and the success others have had – is an underutilized and undervalued approach that’s incredibly helpful when it comes to finally achieving the lasting results we desire.

In today’s episode, I’ll help provide you with a framework and series of action steps you can take to better understand the key learning lessons from past successes – and that of others – so that you can extract the teaching points and use this information to avoid making the same mistake twice!

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Episode Key Highlights:

  • Discover how to appropriately conduct an After Action Report to learn from previous attempts at goal attainment.
  • Learn how to break down the key influencing factors behind the success of others.
  • Listen in to understand how you can put a positive spin on past failures by extracting what you did well and using that information to your advantage to avoid making the same mistake twice!

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Running example: losing weight and keeping it off

Conducting an AAR:

  • What went well?
  • What could’ve gone better?
  • What did you learn?

Use this same approach with mentors and friends who have had the success you desire – talk with him or her or try to answer the questions yourself.

Get really clear on what worked well for you.

Double down on that moving forward!

How I Can Help You:

I help women over 30 lose weight and rebuild limitless confidence so that they never have to diet again. 

To date, I’ve personally coached more than 1,500 women and helped them to collectively lose 10,000+ pounds of body fat and keep it off for good, while simultaneously empowering them with the education, strategies, and accountability needed to feel and look their best. 

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Paul Salter

Paul Salter is a Registered Dietitian and Founder of The 5% Way. Since 2013, Paul has worked one-on-one with nearly 1,500 men and women, helping them to collectively lose tens of thousands of pounds of body fat and keep it off for good. He’s also published nearly 1,000 articles, two books, and 175 podcast episodes (and counting) on all things related to our five core elements of sustainable weight loss.



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