Focus on MINDFULNESS, not motivation. While motivation is great, it’s essentially a quick jolt of inspiration. It’s why you make it through your first week on a diet but give up after the second or third. Mindfulness, however, allows you to tap into the process that fuels your triggers. For example, if your goal is to lose weight and you know that your challenging time is afternoon or early evening, take a pause and reflect on what’s bubbling up for you about that specific time of day. Do you snack too much after your afternoon meeting? Do you eat your kid’s leftover dinner? Do you come home and pour yourself a glass or three of wine? Taking time to slow down and understand your patterns will help you lay the groundwork for long-term changes.