Maybe you want to manage your diabetes, lose weight or get blood pressure under control. Whatever it is, write down what you plan to do as well as when and why you are doing it. In this way you will be tying your goal to your actions. Making a specific plan is much like entering into a contract with yourself. For example, putting 30 minutes of jogging on your calendar for 6:00am on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday (action) is a commitment you are less likely to break than if you vaguely promise to exercise more. Knowing why (goal = reduce blood pressure) you are jogging can make the how (lace up three times a week after work) a little easier.