January is the time when we all seem to have a renewed interest in our health and success. Having markers, like the start of a new year, a birthday, or even a health scare, often propels us to make all sorts of promises to ourselves about what we will accomplish.

Focus on Success

Why is it that for us humans it’s so much easier to focus on the things that aren’t going right than on those that are? Think about your new year resolutions you made last January, for example.

Do you pat yourself on the back for the ones you were successful with or do you focus on the things you didn’t get done? Perhaps it’s human nature to focus on the things we don’t get done, but the truth is, whatever we focus on, we will get more of. If you want more success, focus on what you accomplished.

Let’s say you wanted to improve your eating habits and overall nutrition. Did you eat more meals at home? If so, congratulations! Did you eat less sugar? Wahoo! Did you eat more organic and less processed food? Good for you! Keep building on those successes.

Turning Promises into Actuality

The hard part comes when we get too ambitious with our list of goals. As a health coach, I caution people to be realistic, so you can be successful. For instance, those extra 30 pounds someone is carrying most likely took many years to accumulate, and one should expect it will take some time to shed them.

Expecting 30 pounds to vanish in three months because we’re eating well and exercising is not realistic and can set one up for disappointment and frustration. See more about this on my post Bust These Weight Loss Myths.

“Don’t limit yourself. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash

The Law of Attraction

Do you believe in the law of attraction? It states that wherever we place our focus, we will get more of that. If you focus on your failures, it’s hard to stay motivated to meet new goals.

Nutrition has become a complex issue. It is the umbrella under which nutrients, food groups, calories, weight, good food, bad food, being good and being bad reside.

If you want to improve your nutrition, ask yourself what that means to you. Break it down into smaller, more specific pieces.

Does it mean eating better quality food or eating regular meals? Or, does it mean eating less food, healing digestive issues, or something else? When you understand what improving your nutrition means for you, it will be easier to set realistic goals.

I lovingly do everything I can to assist my body in maintaining perfect health.” – Louise Hay

Define Success

Once you have realistic goals, define what success means in small increments. How much of your goal do you want to accomplish in one month, six months, etc.?

There’s a book called Write It Down, Make It Happen, where the author’s research found that we are most apt to meet our goals when we write them down. Has this been a part of your strategy? I’ve made it a part of mine and find it really works.

Closing Thoughts and Resources

In closing, I have a few ideas that may help you clarify your goals and how to approach them. Spend some time identifying the goals you’d like to accomplish. Get a dedicated journal, and write down your specific, achievable goals with a timeline. Buy the resources you need to accomplish your goals.


My book, Food Becomes You, is written as if we’re having a conversation around the kitchen table. It includes stories of people’s successes, recipes and menus that are easy to prepare. It’s a very useful tool.


Sixty and Me offers excellent gentle and chair yoga videos designed for our age group.

Guided Meditation

This is a tool for pulling the mind into the process of changing your thoughts from negative to positive. I highly recommend it.

Will you identify health goals for next year? What tools will you use to support you in being successful? Join the conversation, and my very best wishes to you for a successful and Happy New Year!

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