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“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”  – Thomas Jefferson

I was training a group of entrepreneurs who professed to have very specific goals they want to achieve for 2017.

These individuals, are all beautiful seekers looking to create better lives for themselves and their families. Like many others, they look to a new year as an opportunity for a fresh start.

The New Year does bring with it a feeling a possibility; an opportunity to begin anew and set intentions to get healthy, make more money, improve our relationships and become more organized.

Unfortunately, the reality for 92% of goal-setters is that failure is inevitable. This is a hard pill to swallow if your big resolution is to achieve your goals in the new year.

A study done by Go Banking, on 5000 individuals, found that only 8% of people who set New Year’s resolutions actually accomplish them.

If you want to achieve your goals, the bottom line is that we cannot be the same person in a new year and expect different results.

In part one of this series on preparing for victory, I wrote, and created a video on, mindset. In this piece, the focus will be on health. I have met many people who are achieving financially however their health is poor.

What good is money if we do not have the health to enjoy it?

Furthermore, how good can we be to anyone if we are not energized, vibrant and healthy?

The truth is that to achieve your goals, you will need to be healthy.

Athletes take care of their health.

They monitor every nutrient that they put in their bodies so they can perform at an optimum level. In life, and business, it is no different – we must have the stamina and strength to accomplish our goals and with this in mind, here are 5 key tips to help you start training for success as opposed to simply trying:



1. 10 Glasses of Water Per Day.

You have heard me talk about water on numerous occasions however a report on CBS found that 75% of Americans fail to get the essential 10 glasses of water per day thought to be adequate to hydrate our bodies.

Symptoms of dehydration include hunger, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and more. How are you going to achieve if you have these things going on?

Bottom line – get the water in!

2. Eat Whole Foods and Supplement to Fill the Gaps

Eating foods with high amounts of chemicals and preservatives throughout the day can leave you exhausted and irritable. Basically, if it has artificial colors and flavors avoid it!

There is a great amount of nutritional dogma out there however it is irrefutable that we require fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and essential fats to build an optimum body.

I believe that we supplement to fill our nutritional gaps and depending on the person, that could be extra Vitamin D, protein shakes, Vitamin C, Echinacea, a good multi-vitamin, digestive enzymes and more.

The bottom line is that numerous studies point to the benefits of not eating fast foods, processed foods and foods that are high in chemicals.

If you want to achieve at a higher level – clean up your diet!

3. Sleep

Let me be direct, as someone who used to believe that we slept when we were dead, if you are not getting 7-8 hours of sleep your body will break down.

You will lose focus, feel exhausted, wreck your adrenals and your hormones and likely burnout.

I do not know how much clearer I can be – start sleeping if you want to achieve.

4. Exercise

I know what you are thinking – this is common sense. However, if it is common sense, why isn’t it common practice? When we are stressed, exercise can be one of the first things to go.

Exercise has been associated with mental clarity, increased energy, better focus and mood – all things that are excellent to help us achieve any goal. Make a commitment to getting 30 minutes plus of exercise every day.

Go power-walking, go to the gym, take a class – do whatever fires you up! The most successful people I know, exercise daily.

5. Consider Doing a Detox

One of the best ways to increase your energy, improve your mood and get clear is to do a good cleanse.

There are many cleanses out there and you can choose a cleansing system for serious results or you can start slowly by giving up processed foods, gluten, alcohol, sugar and caffeine. When I am going for a serious goal, I start with a cleanse.

I want to feel mentally and physically fit enough to go for what I want. The New Year is an amazing time to cleanse your body. No matter what form of detox you do, do something!

Lastly, keep training for your victories. Success doesn’t come overnight however if you are healthy, fit and energized, it can come a lot faster. Go for it!

Susan Sly is a best-selling author, speaker, trainer and entrepreneur.  She specializes in helping individuals, and organizations, become more productive.  She resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, Chris.  Susan is the mother of five children and loves her life! To connect with Susan, visit




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