The new year brings opportunity and change. It’s a time when many of us want to make improvements in our health. Yet often we set ourselves up for failure with goals and resolutions that demand too much of us, too soon. Let’s rethink how we define success, and how we make the journey there more doable.

Pick a habit you want to embrace.
Is there a habit you’d like to change? Is there a new habit you’d like to create for yourself? Think of something small, but powerful, that could really make a difference for you. Maybe it’s drinking one more glass of water each day. Incorporating more fruit or veggies into your favorite meal. Or taking a short walk instead of watching TV on certain days each week. Choose something that will make you feel good.

Repetition equals success.
The repetition of your habit will send a consistent message to your subconscious brain – that you are in control and that you get to decide what you do. Mastering one new simple habit can really empower you with the confidence and discipline to take on even greater challenges. So start small, and enjoy your achievements.

Get Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions.
Do you want to know more about these strategies or are you looking for more tips to start the New Year with your best foot forward? Join me Thursday, January 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. when I take over the LiveWell Colorado Twitter handle @livewellco to answer your questions about exercise and healthy eating. Simply send a message to me at @livewellco and/or use the hashtag #HealthyCO.

It’s a new year, and every day is a chance to make healthy choices!

*As a well-respected personal trainer and former professional athlete, Rally Man is here to be your personal champion and encourage you in making healthy choices. This piece was originally published in the Rally Man’s latest weekly email – Wisdom + Strategies for Healthy Living – that provides inspiration and tips to subscribers. Subscribe to receive the Rally Man’s weekly tools and tips for success, check out his webpage and “like” him on Facebook.