Why do you think health clubs are so successful in January? If you answered because people make New Year's resolutions to get fit, you're right. Why do most people fail to meet their resolutions? The answer is because they have not successfully implemented a plan of action.

This article is not about exercising. Although, if you follow these steps you can get physically, emotionally and spiritually fit this year. Most people believe that reaching their goals will make them happy. Although, happiness is unique to each individual, finding it is not as illusive as you may think.

You can reach your ultimate goals and create true happiness when you make a plan, write it down, choose an accountability partner and set a timeline. Then look at those who motivate you to see how they reached their goals. Be aware of the obstacles that can get in your way (yourself and others) and find a life coach who will hold you accountable.

Who are your mentors and role models? Many people are motivated by the success of others. For example Albert Einstein was thought to be slow and he proved to be a genius. Michelangelo was 88 and still painting chapels.

Maybe you're motivated by someone you know personally who has set his sights on a lofty goal and didn't give up until he reached it. For me, it is my husband, Steve, who lost his eyesight in a car accident, later writing a book and professionally speaking about resiliency.

List the obstacles that you know you are going to face and how you will overcome them. You must transform your thoughts. Your brain believes what it perceives. Recognize your irrational beliefs and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

Do you have good friends? Write down the names of your friends and determine whether they are supportive of your goals. If you find that your social network is negative, you may decide to distance yourself from the negativity and find new friends.

If you have any questions about how to set and reach your goals, you would benefit by hiring a life coach. A life coach will help you define your goals, encourage, validate, support and provide structure by helping you write a road map.

With discipline, determination, tenacity, persistence and humor, you can reach you ultimate dream!

Kristina Welker is a doctor of psychology, a certified Christian life coach, a licensed professional counselor and a member of the Ahwatukee Foothills Behavioral Health Network. Reach her at (480) 893-6767 or drkristinawelker@cox.net.


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