If you're open, there's a technique to develop the skill of listening to yourself. This is critical in follow-through on health and fitness. Many lifestyle changes and behavior shifts can make total rational sense. But in the end your execution of these same behaviors will be borne out of your honesty with yourself, your skill of listening to yourself, your internal integrity.
People think that coaches want clients to listen to coaches. No. We want clients to listen to themselves. I don’t care if anyone follows through on anything I say. I simply want people to develop the level of character where they listen to themselves. When people say they are going to do a series of actions through the week, the important outcome is listening to himself or herself, not listening to me.
Somewhere along the line, having observed tens of thousands of people in fitness programs, I noticed that impact came down to in individual honesty with oneself. This isn't a "hard" truth, because I'm including in that honesty with oneself the legitimate limitations in ones life. When we aren't clear with ourselves about the very real difficulties we face, we set ourselves up for failure by creating "plans" which are detached from reality.
It's a simple concept. And it's as old as time:
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much; and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."
More thoughts on quitting and how not to here:
And how I know when people are going to quit before they do here (but you can change that):