There is a difference between good and great. When you are good you are content with what you currently have. Chances are you have a few areas in life that could use some improvement. Making things great requires more effort than most people are willing to give. Whether your goals are losing weight or increasing function in an injured limb, consistency is necessary for more than just a few weeks.

A major roadblock on the way to making things great is the lack of a solid plan. Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Too many people go into the New Year with lofty aspirations but have no idea on how to achieve them. The last thing you want to do is find yourself year after year making the same resolution.

So how do you ensure you get what you want out of the New Year? The first step is identifying what you want and make a note of what else is necessary to get there. Regarding health related resolutions, there is never just one step involved in reaching your goals. People lose sight and give up when they realize they not only need to be consistent, but also they need to be consistent in more than one area to get the results they want.

If you find yourself exactly in the same place year after year, it may be time to try a different approach. As I enter my 19th year in the health and wellness field, I have worked with countless people to help them lose weight, reduce pain, or return to activity. The people who do the best dedicate themselves fully to the process. This process isn’t for the weary as the commitment requires choices to be made on a daily basis. Showing up for workouts are the easy part. It’s what you do on your own time that determines how successful you will be.

Having the right guidance is essential along the way. Find yourself a trainer or therapist who is equally as determined as you to help make the journey that much easier. There will undoubtedly be bumps along the way but if you have the right people in your corner you have a better chance of making next year great.

Yours in Health,

Keith Pacific