Change takes work. Mental and sometimes physically, change may not come easy to you.

I am not just talking about changing things like your hairstyle, but things like how you speak to yourself, how you feed yourself or how you spend your free time. It takes practice and patience.

But think about 10 years ago and how much you have changed since then. It might have not always been an easy journey but over the course of time, the change just IS now; it's not something you have to think about and actively work for, it just is.

Deciding you want to make a change can be even more difficult than dealing with a change you have no control over. For example, having to get a new job is not something always in your control, however deciding to eat better is. Therefore, you have the choice every time you put food in your mouth to CHOOSE which option you go for, the apple or the snickers.

Now think about this:

Nothing changes if nothing changes. You can say you want to eat better, sleep more or exercise more but if you don't take action steps, it will never happen.

Sometimes knowing HOW to make those changes can make all the difference in the world. Here are some tips on how to start initiating change.

-Come up with a plan. Don't just decide to make a change and expect it to happen. You need to create a plan to make sure you are capable of taking the necessary steps, you are prepared to execute each step and you are heading in the right direction of the main goal.

- Start small! You want to lose weight? Don't decide to change EVERYTHING you eat all at once. Instead, give yourself mini goals like drinking more water instead of soda or adding more veggies to every meal. Too much too soon tends to not work for most people.

- Understand your "Why?" You might have to dig deep into your feels here and do some soul searching. Understanding why certain changes are important to you can make it easier to take the steps necessary to change.

-Tell someone the change you want to make. This makes it real. This makes it so someone can hold you accountable for the change you desire. If you tell a friend you want to drink more water and then she questions your choice of a Venti Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks, you might choose the water next time.

-Be Kind to yourself. Change is hard. Change is scary. Being mean and saying unkind things to yourself is not going to get you there any quicker. Understand that it is a process and there will be bumps in the road. But, girl, YOU GOT THIS!

I always find it best to have someone to help me. Help create a map to success with small action items along the way. Someone to guide me, get ideas from and hold me accountable. I have always been a big believer in a coach and will always recommend getting a coach for most goals.

If you are looking for someone to hold you accountable or get direction from, I want to help. Let's set up a free consultation and see if we can not get a plan together for you!