Step 5: Follow your plan


Follow Your Plan

Follow the plan you created in Step 4 to achieve your BEST goal. Use the solutions you came up with in Step 3 to overcome obstacles along the way.

Know that your BEST goal and your plan to achieve it are not set in stone. You may need to revise your plan as you go and that’s okay.

Life doesn’t always go as planned. You may run into unexpected obstacles that throw you off track. Learn from the experience and continue your journey. Your journey isn’t about perfection. You’re not perfect and you don’t live in a perfect world.

“Stay committed to your decisions but stay flexible in your approach.” ~Tony Robbins

Reflect at the end of the week

At the end of each week’s deadline, look back and answer the questions below.

  • What did you do well?
  • What are you the most proud of?
  • What was the toughest challenge you faced?
  • How did you handle it?
  • What would you go back and do differently if you could?
  • What will you do differently next week?

Always focus on the positives first. Congratulate yourself for each success, no matter how small. Typically we forget what we have accomplished and instead we focus on what we didn’t do.

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” ~Denis Waitley

Set your next BEST goal

Use the information from your weekly reflection to set your next BEST goal and develop a plan to achieve it. It’s okay to set the same goal next week, to change your goal, or to add another small change.

Only you know what is realistic for you. Just remember, any change you make must become a permanent change in order to achieve permanent weight loss.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~Robert J Collier

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