1. Checklist – Putting your goals down in writing is not optional, it is mandatory. You should have a checklist of your goals. Each goal should have objectives or milestones with an associated date that you check off which is also a source of motivation and satisfaction.
  2. Review – You do not want to lose sight of your goals and your progress towards attaining them. Mind share is important, regular review of your goals keeps them front and center.
  3. Assess – Determine where you stand relative to the checklist. Develop an understanding of where progress is made, where it is not, and what circumstances or habits are responsible for your lack of progress when there are shortfalls.
  4. Adapt – Commit to make the necessary changes to get you back on track where there is a shortfall.
  5. Revise – Be realistic and do not be afraid to make revisions, which will be mostly time related, that make sense.
  6. Avoid Procrastination – The time is now. Do not allow yourself to put something off simply because it is inconvenient or you lack the resolve. Every time you push something back simply because it is easy or convenient to do so you are reinforcing a bad habit.
  7. Mindset – Maintain a positive mindset and firm resolve. Understand there will some setbacks along the way. Remain undeterred and continue to move forward.
  8. Support – Do not be afraid to ask for help or advice from friends or family who are supportive. Disregard the naysayers and the doom and gloomers.
  9. Celebrate – When you have achieved significant milestones treat yourself. This could be something predetermined or a spontaneous mini-event of celebration. This reinforces the fact that you have made progress and is a further source of motivation.
  10. Self-discipline – It is imperative you maintain a regimen and routine which is supportive of what you are doing and how you are doing it. Ditch the excuses.