We have all been guilty of starting a project only to give up on it part of the way through. These projects can include a home renovation, a hobby, or even a diet.

No matter how careful we are and how closely we follow the steps to a healthier life, sometimes all that work is for naught and we can’t even pinpoint what changed. Eating better not only has its positive health benefits, it also has rewarding mental benefits as well.

If you find that you are truly motivated to make a lifestyle change yet keep failing to make it past the halfway point, it could be time to implement one or more of these strategies for a higher likelihood of success:

1. Start with baby steps.

Overwhelming yourself with a large number of changes – no matter how small – will be more challenging to adhere to than making one or two small changes at the onset. Once those small changes become habitual, you can continue to add more changes until you reach your desired goals.

2. Surround yourself with support.

If you possess the motivation to push yourself closer to your goals without the help of others, you have more willpower than most. When you surround yourself with an encouraging support system, they will be able to hold you accountable, making it less likely that you will succumb to the temptation of giving up after working so hard to get where you are today.

3. Remove yourself from temptations.

Just like it’s important to surround yourself with individuals who support your endeavors, it’s just as important to remove yourself from situations that tempt you into falling back into bad habits. This could mean completely removing all junk food from your home or avoiding the bar scene on the weekends.

4. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Mistakes happen and slip-ups will occur. If you are too hard on yourself, it’s easy to accept failure and return to a comfortable lifestyle. Allow and plan for hiccups in your journey towards a healthier life so that when they do happen, you can pick yourself up again and continue on unphased.