With everyone starting off the new year with new goals and resolutions, I think it's important for people to "keep it in sight". It's easy to say to yourself, I'd this or I'd like that and not do anything about it. You'll forget everything you have ever wanted to do if it's out of sight.
If you have a goal, write it down and place it somewhere you can see everyday. After that, take some time to think about your goals and write an action plan for yourself. Within those plans, set up dates on your calendar on how you can track your progress. Give yourself some realistic deadlines of when you would like to achieve thing to see how you progress. I find that breaking down your ultimate goal into smaller baby steps is the key to staying consistent!
An example would be:
Instead of just saying, "I want to lose 15 lbs", give more details! When? How? Check up dates?
I want to lose 15 lbs in 3 months. I'll check myself at the end of every month and want to lose 5 lbs a month. I'm going to do so by packing a healthier lunch consisting of leaner protein and more veggies. I'm also going to alternate lifting weights and cardio everyday!
From there, try to mark down how you are doing on a daily or weekly basis if you can! Some fun things you can do to make sure you achieve your goals is to have a spotter. Talk to family and friends about your goals and they can help check up on you. You can even make a fun consequence to help motivate you. Maybe if you don't reach your check up goals, you'll have to donate $20 bucks to charity!
The last thing is to not lose hope! If you don't reach your goals right away, don't fret. Keep on moving forward and realize that you have been making the right steps to making your dreams happen. If might not come as fast as you want, but you just need to keep on trying and you'll get there. "A jug fills drop by drop"
Good luck to you in 2011!