If you want to lose weight, change careers, learn a new skill, be more mindful, eat healthier, be a better parent, keep a clean house, get out of debt...it doesn't matter. Make a plan and draw your lines. Set goals and boundaries. And do something...anything...just don't stay where you are.
But I promise that as you are chugging along on your path to a happier, healthier, better you, you will get side-tracked. Somewhere along the way, your train is going to jump the rails. You are going to lose focus and make mistakes. You're going to come across obstacles and maybe need to take a detour. You might even get stuck in traffic, slogged down by the boring routine of everyday life.
So when it happens (and it will probably happen often if you are anything like me), pull out that map or stop at the next 7-11 and ask for some directions, and head on out after your hopes and dreams. Because the beach is a whole heck of a lot nicer place to vacation than the garbage dump (even though there may be a lot of sea gulls hanging around). It smells a lot nicer, too.