A written record of your accomplishments is very satisfying and helps inspire you to keep at it.
“I put a red check on my calendar the first day I took an aerobics class,” says Sue Jenner, a Kansas City secretary. “That was two years ago, and now I have two thick calendars covered with red checks.” She has also lost 20 pounds. So pull out a calendar and a red pen. Or use those gold stars your elementary school teachers put on your outstanding papers. Your accomplishment is outstanding, after all.
A log can help you reach goals, too. In pencil on a calendar, write down your goals a week or two in advance. For example, if you plan to take a walk on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, write “walk” on those days. After each day’s walk, circle the word in red and pat yourself on the back. You said you’d do it and you did!