"Growth is not steady, forward, upward progression. It is instead a switchback trail; three steps forward, two back, one around the bushes, and a few simply standing, before another forward leap." - Dorothy Corkville Briggs
It can be discouraging when you attempt to make changes in our lives only to fail over and over again. But this brings up the question, was it really a failure? The fact that you tried means you made it to the 4th level of change and you were only 1 level away from a permanent change. Good for you! The reason why most people are not successful with change is the plan for success was not fully laid out. The key to successful change is more than simply setting a goal. The goal must be smart and achievable and you must identify your motivators. You must address the barriers to progress. This is the part were most people lose their way. Either you did not effectively identify the barriers or you simply blew them off in an attempt to make a run at your goal without a clear path. Your must be honest with yourself when planning for success by not overlooking these barriers and then make strategies to help you mange them. Wellness coaches are trained to help you grow and avoid to many steps back, too many steps off the path, or standing still. Lets take that leap!