I am one who believes in goals, resolutions and focus. I believe it sets the tone of where you are going in your life. Otherwise, life just happens and we feel frustrated and powerless. I do know that approximately 85% of people who set resolutions at the beginning of the year, fall off them quickly. I have been one of those people many times.

For me, it’s important to put some structure in as I set goals or intentions. For instance one of the goals, I continue to have is to lose some weight. I need to know what that means for me, what my desired weight is, and when I intend to accomplish the process. I would like to be 15 pounds lighter by spring break. How do I plan on creating that? Here are some steps: Set some milestones along the way; Break it down so it feels more realistic and more achievable; and, Get some pictures of yourself at the weight you’d love to be, keep those every place. If you don’t have some you like, find some pictures in magazines of the shape you believe you can be, and replace your face in it. You have to see it to be it. Find some “accountability partner” to help you on your journey. When we have someone to share this with, we are more likely to keep to our plan. It’s not to judge or make you wrong it is someone with whom you have to be responsible to that will help you along the way. Success happens when we truly desire something rather than feel like something is being taken away. We can give away that which we no longer want.

What will sustain us is the joy and pleasure of the process. How are you willing to take control of your life and feel free because it is what you truly desire? For me, one of the steps I am in taking in my process of being lighter by spring break, is to teach a Course in Weight Loss, 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson. Join us on the journey.