5 C’s for Success

Hooray for Ms. Hawaii!

Our own Flecha Tovar recently won the title of Ms. Hawaii. I am very excited for her and gratified that the Altschuler Center played even a small part in her winning. Although promoted as a beauty pageant, the participants and winners also show themselves to be beautiful both inside and out. Flecha has talent and just as important, she is committed to making a difference in the world. She is active in her community, fundraising for cancer and leukemia research. She is a cheerleading coaching and represents foster children.

This month’s testimonial, by none other than Ms Hawaii, is gratifying to receive. While most of us are unlikely to have a shot at Ms. America, we do have a shot at being our best selves. While it’s exciting for one’s hard work to be recognized on a national level, I believe it’s even more exciting for our commitment and hard work to be recognized by family, co-workers, and friends. And this makes us proud.

Fletcha Tovar’s win has me thinking about what it takes to be a winner. While I appreciate her generous acknowledgement of our work together, clearly there’s more. The skills that lead to weight loss success are the same as those leading to success in general.


Here are my 5 C’s for Success

  1. Clarity
  2. Consistency
  3. Creativity
  4. Community
  5. Commitment


Clarity. While fuzziness might be interesting from an artistic point of view, it doesn’t work with success in mind. We often read about a leader having a “clear purpose”. It’s knowing where you are and why you’re there. The more I work with people, the more I see the power of this as a starting place. And from clarity comes that other ingredient for success, a Goal. As we become clear as to the starting line, the finish line comes into view as well.


Consistency is the glue holding everything together. The clarity of purpose and reaching one’s goals gain momentum when we are consistent in our actions. And consistency helps us overcome that big enemy of success, procrastination. As we know only too well, success does not happen all at once. I’ve tried snapping my fingers, but so far all I’ve gotten is a snap. In reality, success results from a string of small accomplishments and a consistent pattern of healthy choices. By now we’ve all heard that “small actions lead to big results”. I would add that small “consistent” actions lead to big results. And consistency has another benefit as well. It is an important part in changing habits. Stephen R. Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People wrote “we become what we repeatedly do”.


Creativity. Sure, success comes from a clear and consistent application of healthy choices, but to reach our goal we need to add a certain something making it unique to ourselves.This process involves discovery. Success does not come in a straight line. We confront obstacles and overcoming them involves creative thinking.


Community helps to keep us going and enables us to accomplish our goals. It’s a place for sharing the joy of success. Family and friends become part of our success because they hopefully, helped us along the way. And we can join a community of like minded people sharing similar experiences. They will applaud our success and encourage us when we need it. This special group helps keep us clear and accountable to our goals.


Commitment is a source of power. It is the power to change. It comes from a promise we make to ourselves. And commitment helps transform this promise into reality. Those “small steps” helping us to move forward are the result of commitment.


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