Top 10 Strategies for Success

1.  Start Small
Quite possibly the biggest mistake people make is pushing the accelerator too soon. You can’t lose 20 pounds in a week. But you can lose one. Taking small bites and chewing slowly have as much to do with goal achievement as they do with your mom’s dinner table scolding.
 
2.  Get It On Paper
Whether setting your first goals, tracking daily progress, or sharing your deepest thoughts with a journal, writing things down crystallizes your ideas, exposes underlying fears, and paints an accurate picture of real life.
 
3.  Focus On Everyday Habits
The building blocks of a healthy lifestyle are forged in the smallest of actions you take every day and every week. Healthy choices can become as natural as brushing your teeth or locking the front door. Build one habit, one action at a time.
 
4.  Always See Your Goal
Goals need attention. They need to be seen and heard and thought of often if they ever hope to come true. So surround yourself with as many reminders as possible.
 
5.  Be Consistent
Imagine a plane taking off. In the beginning, a lot of energy is spent to simply get moving down the runway. But as speed and momentum take over, the plane is pulled forward and up into the sky, faster and further by the second. Consistent action, no matter how small, has more power than you ever imagined.
 
6.  Never Stop Learning
A healthy lifestyle is a process—a journey more than a destination. You can always learn more about nutrition, fitness, and even yourself that can help you be just a little bit better tomorrow.
 
7.  Come Out of Seclusion
Has anyone ever achieved anything of real value all alone? Probably not many. Most receive some form of help from other people. Support, information, a sense of shared experience, encouragement, advice, and a well-timed pep talk are all invaluable as you set off on your adventure.
 
8.  Allow For Setbacks
Accept the fact right now that you will make mistakes, and that it can be a positive thing. We are usually harder on ourselves that we are on anyone else we know. Be your own #1 fan. That means being supportive (instead of critical) when you stumble, and enjoying your wins (rather than ignoring your accomplishments) when you succeed.
 
9.  Trust Your Plan
You’ll have up weeks and down weeks, and frustrating weeks that make no sense at all. The tools and strategies you’re learning will help you build a plan that makes a healthier lifestyle almost inevitable. If you consistently make the right choices and build healthy habits, weight loss is literally just a matter of time.
 
10.  Have Fun!!!

Who says getting healthy has to be a chore, a burden to be endured or suffered through? Probably a very unhappy person, that’s who. This is an exciting adventure of self-discovery and building a meaningful life. Enjoy the ride!
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Member Comments

Great article alot of good advice Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL
Very helpful and positive
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KMILLER31
Great advice for reaching goals Report
Always good to have some motivation and to know tat we are on the right track, Sparkfriend. Report
For me, the strategy that was most revelatory for me is #7, "Come out of seclusion." I am by nature very private and reserved. I prefer to be alone and work alone. However, this time I involved other people: my co-workers who see me every day. Knowing that they were rooting for me and applauding my success has helped keep me accountable. Report
Thank you for the tips and the encouragement to keep going even when we don't accomplish our goals as fast as we would like to. Report
SUZENNA
Thank you! Report
ROCKS8ROX
Good article! Report
These are all great ideas! Report
Good advice here. Report
I needed this! I'm starting over for what seems like the millionth time! I'm ok with that but, these are some great tips to get me on my way! Report
HANAKIM24
i have the same issue that even though i was controlling my scale was not buging so i started workout for 1.5 to 2 hours.. 10 days over still nothing on scale :( .... consistency plus motivation when scale gives nothing its really frustating :( Report
INSPIRISTA
Thank you for this! I definitely agree with the consistency one. Sometimes the scale doesn't budge and it can be really frustrating. I'm sticking with it and hoping to reach my goals. Report
STEPHENE51
These '10 strategies for success' have given me inspiration when I was starting to berate myself and load on the guilt for over-indulging on Easter Sunday. I realize I can have success by overcoming failure. Writing things down will help me - my wife is always telling me to write things down, I usually don't follow good advice, but am committed to submit myself to the wisdom of others. Report


 

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Mike Kramer
Mike Kramer
As a writer and artist, Mike has witnessed countless motivational stories and techniques. See all of Mike's articles.
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