Based on your choice of reading material, it seems reasonable to suggest you've resolved to make changes to your lifestyle sometime in the past, in an effort to become healthier. You're probably in the midst of trying to make such a change even now. Maybe you decided that you were going to ditch sugar or that you wanted to exercise more. Maybe you decided to watch less TV.
You start out with zeal and motivation, feeling unstoppable and confidently looking forward to the future you. A few days or weeks later, you find yourself being tempted by your co-workers' homemade desserts or your husband's desire to stay up late talking, making it tough to wake up for your morning run.
Eventually, your resolve begins to waver. And before you know it, you've abandoned your efforts.
Yeah, we all know change can be hard. And, while your level of commitment obviously plays a role in your success, your environment (and the people in it) can either work for or against your efforts to better yourself.
The ideal situation is one in which the people around you can act as allies who share your goals or at least are incredibly supportive of what you are doing. But how do you get them on board? As a corporate psychologist who works with business leaders on influencing others, here are four leadership principles that definitely apply in this situation: