Make a Plan for your Success

Carolyn Guilford, CNC
Carolyn Guilford, CNC

So many people say, “I try to eat better”, or “I try to exercise”, or whatever it is they’ve said they want to do, to improve their lives, but really never get-around-to-it. It’s hard to impossible to accomplish anything without a plan. Today, it’s time sep our your plan, and to put your plan for a healthy lifestyle into action. While many plans fall by the wayside within weeks , this time can be different. This time we add the YOU factor, to set yourself up for success in reaching your goals.

Spend a day thinking of what you want to accomplish. Write down all the answers and search your soul for the answers you may have set aside, forgotten about, thought were unattainable, or felt hopeless for. Think of and ponder the answer that would bless you the most, bring you the most joy, happiness, relief, satisfaction. Keep your notes, but select that one all important goal! Focus, ready, set, plan. Focusing on one goal and working it to completion is the beginning of success. Make a realistic plan. Your plan must fit into your lifestyle! Be sure the changes you begin with are easy and convenient, so that you are not trying to suddenly restructure your whole life. Make an action plan. A specific plan is so much easier to follow than some vague, unfocused, undefined idea. Instead of telling yourself, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” write it down, along with how you will loose those the ten pounds. A specific action plan will guide you toward your goal. If you decide to exercise more, define it further as to what kind of exercise, where and when. Say, at the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:00 pm, after work.” Evaluate “why” you want to change.

Permanent change comes strictly from within! A change in behavior to please someone else will not create what you want for your life. In all things you must be true to yourself. The decision to lead a healthy lifestyle needs to be your own desire, goal, plan. This personal decision must be a positive experience, with an outcome to add joy and a sense of accomplishment to your life. A positive change that comes from within contributes to your motivation, and make adherence, and reaching your goal so much easier. When it is your decision to become healthier, then you can own it, and honor it. Take inventory. In your journal, yes, you will be keeping a journal, write the desires of your heart. Your true goals. This journal provides a “reality check” on paper as it is your accountability. And a record or your past, present and success.. If you find your goals and/or priorities need adjustment, do it! When you attain specific goals, celebrate your successes along the way. Replace attained goals, with new ones. Soon you’ll begin to witness your successes not only physically and emotionally, but you’ll have your success record to read and reread for your encouragement. Your journal can be a great source of inspiration!

This is the end of part 1, come back next week for the completion of ‘Make a plan for your success.’ Carolyn Guilford is a nutrition consultant, health and wellness advocate, author and workshop organizer. Several of her publications are available in the Kindle format at She holds monthly forums at the Bull Street Public Library, which are free and open to all. If you have a question you’d like answered in ‘Toward True Health’ Please send it to Call to reserve your spot in our March diabetes class by calling 912-236- 8987, ‘Like’ us on Facebook and get new health tips or write to Health Restoration Consulting Post Office Box 2814, Savannah, GA 31402..

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