1) Know that no one else can do it for you. You need to have an internal drive. You have to want it. You have to put in the work. Commit to the long process and understand that it is going to be a challenge. Establish some attainable short and long-term goals. Write down what you’re aiming for as well as the process to get you there. Keep it where you can see it so it will serve as your daily reminder. Don’t forget to write down the reminder that the process will not be perfect, but it doesn’t mean you should quit.
2) Focus on the single daily actions that produce results. Change can be daunting in a big picture sense. Celebrate the small steps you take every single day.
3) Find a friend, start a blog, pay into an online accountability community. Determine up front what you need in order to keep yourself accountable. Do whatever will be the most helpful to get you back on track after a setback.
4) Don’t get hung up on small steps back. You’ve got to understand upfront that there may be slip-ups. Don’t throw it all away when that happens. Stop, regroup, and start again. Don’t forget that a long-term goal is just that–a goal you will achieve over a length of time–t’s not an overnight process. It will take time and effort. Commit yourself to never surrender, even though you may have some small failures along the way. It’s all part of the journey.