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Sometimes you have to begin smaller to get to your ultimate goal. For example, start with lighter weights to build up muscle before trying to attain that ultimate weight you want to lift.

“Stop quitting!” Two words you have probably told yourself many times in your lifetime, and yet we continue to do it over and over again.

Why is that the case? We start a new task or project and feel giddy about it for a week or two, but then somehow it gets tossed to the back of our brain and forgotten.

Quitting typically boils down to habits. We all have habits that we have adopted throughout our lives. Some of them help keep us healthy and alive like brushing our teeth and drinking water; some we would like to break sooner rather than later.

We naturally revert to the habits we have formed, so we need to create a positive habit when we something new. Quitting quitting is possible with a little forethought and planning.

Here are five steps and questions to get you one step closer to success:

Is Your Goal Realistic?

This question is very important to ask yourself before you even start because if the answer is no, then you are setting yourself up for failure from the start.

For example, if your goal is to earn two promotions within six months or make a homemade dinner every single night of the week for a month, are these goals actually realistic? If they are not, then it’s time to scrap them and take another look at a realistic goal to set.

What Is It Going to Take?

Every aspiration is going to take work, so you have to be honest with yourself to assess all that will be required to make this goal a reality.

For instance, if you are striving to have the exact same physique of a fitness model that you follow on Instagram, what does she do to maintain her look? Eat a very strict diet 24/7? Spend multiple hours in the gym every day? Never go out to eat?

Are you willing to do what it takes and to make these sacrifices? If the answer is yes, then go for it! But if the answer is no, then you may simply need to strive for another, more realistic goal first.

Every goal will take a sacrifice, and the goal has to be worth the sacrifice to you.

Is It the Right Season?

There is a season for everything, and the answer to this question is a key in setting yourself up for success. Maybe you have always wanted to start a business. That’s amazing — we need more entrepreneurs in America.

But is this the right season for you? Maybe you just had a baby or you just became an empty nester. These are two totally different seasons, and one may be a more realistic business-starting season than the other.

No one can make this decision except you, but it’s important to evaluate this question so that you don’t end up feeling defeated.

Put Yourself in Position to Succeed

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Jotting down the goals you have and referring back to that list occasionally is a great way to stay on track as you work toward that goal.

You have so much more power here than you think you do. You are in control of your decisions, so use them to equip you for success.

Don’t put yourself in a position that you know will cause you to stumble. For instance, if you are trying to lose weight, hanging out in an ice cream shop might not be the best idea.

But, if you’re trying to finish a big report, turning your phone and other distractions off for a few hours is a foolproof way to avoid being tempted to procrastinate.

You are in charge, so use your choices to your advantage.

Make Milestones Smaller

Of course, big goals are necessary, but just as important are the smaller milestones. The thought of de-cluttering and organizing your entire house might give you a panic attack, but attacking one closet probably seems extremely doable.

If you have only a huge goal in front of you, chances are you will lose the adrenalin rush quickly. However, if you break the big goal into smaller steps that you can attain in a reasonable amount of time, the boost of adrenalin will kick in over and over.

Most importantly, when you achieve the small milestones, take a step back and celebrate them. Don’t just sail right over them. Sit back and soak in how good success from hard work feels. This feeling will fuel you to keep pushing to knock down goal after goal.

It is possible to quit the habit of quitting. You aren’t wired to quit; you just need to form new habits and be honest with yourself. You have the power to make this change happen. Go and make yourself proud!

Becca McCormack started teaching fitness classes at the end of high school. She has been trained under The Cooper Institute, SCW Fitness, TRX Suspension Training and Schwinn Cycling. She and her husband, Clark, took a leap of faith and opened Refine31 indoor cycling and barre studio in Waco.