1. Set yourself a compelling goal of what you would like to improve in your life.  Imagine the positive changes to your lifestyle, relationships and how you will feel about yourself when you have achieved what you set out to do.  Write it down.  Get clear this is what you want.
  2. Don’t wait until you feel like doing it. You need to do something to feel better!
  3. Understand that working on a positive change fosters self-respect and confidence.
  4. Act as you would if you were already your absolute best self. The self you are when you are relaxed, confident, valued, and motivated.
  5. Expect that it will not necessarily be easy. Remind yourself you can do hard if it leads to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
  6. Avoid overthinking. Just do it.
  7. Start small and build up as it becomes easier. Tell yourself you can do what you need to do for a small period of time.  Then once you have started you may find you are able to do a little more.
  8. Make changes simple and part of your regular routine (It is what we do consistently that counts).
  9. Prepare in advance anything you need to assist you to get going.
  10. Surround yourself with people who support you to be your best. Find a mentor/role model
  11. Know your triggers/excuses.
  12. Dump the excuses and be honest with yourself.
  13. Forgive yourself for slip ups (be your own best friend). See slip ups as temporary rather than having to start again.
  14. Forget “all or nothing” thinking.
  15. Increase incidental exercise to get yourself moving.
  16. Remember change takes time.
  17. Be prepared that others may not like the changes that you make even if they are positive. Don’t falter.  The people that matter will come around in time.
  18. Finish what you start. You don’t need to finish it all in one go but make completion non negotiable.
  19. Celebrate the small victories along the way – not just at completion.
  20. Reinforce and encourage your strengths as you go. Be your own cheerleader and coach.