A new year is upon us and with that comes resolutions and aspirations to change our lives in a positive way.

A new year is upon us and with that comes resolutions and aspirations to change our lives in a positive way.
For a lot of us that means we will embark on a fitness program to lose weight, tone up or gain muscle.
While most people have good intentions on sticking with their goals, they often lose sight of what those goals actually are as the year wears on. So I’m going to give some basic pointers that will help you succeed or even beat the goals that you set for yourself in 2009.
The first order of business is to write your goals down on a piece of paper. Make sure you set short-term goals that are achievable within the time frame your looking at.
After you have your goals laid out in black and white, you need to then develop a game plan on reaching those goals. After all, you can’t build a house without first having a floor plan.
The first thing your game plan needs to contain is a nutrition plan that will be the catalyst to reaching those goals. It is only after you have a nutrition plan laid out that you get to work on your workout plan, because it’s nutrition that’s going to be 80 percent of your success.
Start each day by reading over your goals and game plan and telling yourself that you will not deviate from that plan.
The second piece of advice I have – which is just as important as the first – is to make sure you see it through. You already have your goals and plan to reach those goals written out, so now you have to force yourself to follow through.
The biggest mistake I see people make is that they expect to see results overnight, or they think taking a “miracle” pill will do all of the work for them.
It’s imperative that you understand that change comes about slowly, and it will take time and hard work to get the results you desire. But it is through this hard work and dedication that you develop a sense of accomplishment and pride in your achievements.
Don’t let shows like “The Biggest Loser” or advertisements claiming they have the next miracle pill that will “shed” unwanted fat in a matter of weeks cloud your vision, because they are simply marketing ploys to sell product.
The third thing is something you might not expect, but it’s more important that you can ever imagine. Make sure you have a support team behind you.
What I mean by that is, make sure you get support from family and friends. There will be times that it is their support, or otherwise, that can decide the success or failure of reaching your goals.
As with anything in life, we need the people who love us the most to stand behind us and help us see it through, because there will be times we need to lean on them.
Make sure your loved ones, and others around you understand how much this means to you, and make them realize that they are an integral part of your success or failure.