In your life, it’s up to you to decide what you want to happen. You have that power. If you want to make things different, you have to make different decisions, do different things and delete old habits. Just because you are where you are now doesn’t mean that you can’t make changes. Your current situation is the result of choices made up until this point. If you are unhappy with your current weight, fitness level or energy level, you are fully capable of making better choices from this moment onward. These new choices will lead you toward your optimal weight, health and fitness level. In fact, you are the only person capable of making the decision to change your ways. If you take the time to specify what you want to achieve and why, you can then make a plan of attack and apply successful strategies from other areas of your life to strengthen the area in which you want to improve. You can strengthen your willpower through visualization and by reminding yourself regularly of why your goals are important to you. Changing behavior isn’t easy and positive change rarely happens on a whim. You already know what giving up feels like. I want you to see what happens if you don’t. The importance of planning your own development will be the key over the coming weeks, months and years. Success will require saying “yes” to any external influences that move you forward in your aims and saying “no” to anyone and anything that will slow you down or lead you off track. This is where moderation comes into play, not! Moderation might be the most overused word in the entire nutrition and fitness universe because people like the idea of not restricting themself and being able to eat anything they want so long as it’s not “too much.” The problem with moderation is that it’s a fantasy, not a strategy. Without clear boundaries, old habits will always win. Behavioral research shows that the more specific an action is, the more likely you are to actually do it. So decide what you need to change and be single minded. Focus fully on the chosen behavior and tune into all the opportunities that will take you there quickly. Be consistent with the little things and the big change will happen. Nobody can talk you into your future but you. Don’t let fear talk yourself out of your full potential. If you can talk yourself out of going to the gym or making healthy food choices, you can talk yourself into it. Delete old unhealthy habits by building new healthy ones. Words only work when you work them. A plan only works when you work it!