So, in about six months time, the ideal position to be in would be halfway through your new year's resolutions. But, if you didn't manage to achieve your 2016 goals, or maybe not even your 2015 goals then chances are 2017 will head the same route. Don't get us wrong, it's great to have big fitness goals in mind, like wanting to run your first 5K or lose 30 pounds. Ultimate goals are just that...ultimate goals...it's how to achieve those goals is the trick...and that my friends is where little goals come in.

It is the little goals along the way that will help you stick to a regular exercise routine, or healthy eating plan. By setting your mini-goal like "I'm going to run for 15 minutes" or "I'm going to go walk to the next subway station rather than my usual one" , you are more likely to reach your ultimate goal. Breaking down the journey to your ultimate goal helps you ensure that you won't cut your workout short or snack on that bag of chips. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment once you complete your mini-goal, and once you get into the routine of achieving your mini-goals, you’ll be more likely to follow through on all other goals that you set yourself.

In order to ensure that you persevere with these mini goals, make them measurable. Then as you progress, you can monitor and record these goals to track your improvements and to track your journey towards your ultimate goal.

As with all journey's the path may not always be smooth. Life can get in the way and break your healthy schedule. Don't let these interruptions interfere with your overall goal and don't be too hard on yourself if you find that you don't achieve your mini goal. Adjust it, persist and have faith in yourself that things are improving all the time.

Most importantly, celebrate your progress because a destination is all well and good but you need to enjoy the journey. Committing to a healthier lifestyle is a tremendous achievement, even if your ultimate goal is a bit more difficult to reach than you first anticipated. Look back over your journal and see all those mini goals you've achieved and how far along the route you've travelled since the day you started...don't give up, the result (and the journey) are worth it.