Reaching your exercise goals is about commitment and determination as much as being an active and accountable participant. Take some time to clearly define the "why" behind what you're doing and create a plan you can stick to as fitness is a lifestyle not a short term effort.
I find that setting S.M.A.R.T. goals can give you the best chance at success. Here's what I'm talking about:
S specific: Decide what it is you want to do and go after it, but be specific. "I want to live a healthier life" rather than "I need to lose 22 lbs" Think big picture here.
M measurable: Set goals that you can measure along the way and don't forget to celebrate each success along the way!
A achievable: Your goals must be achievable. That doesn't mean you can't reach or stretch yourself, but you want to be able to do what you set out to do. This builds confidence and increases your chances of long-term success.
R realistic: It's easier said than done but keeping goals in check is very important. When we get started with anything, we're usually quite motivated and can bite off more than we can chew. Be realistic and you may find yourself exceeding the goals you set for yourself.
T timely: Place timelines on your goals. It's not a great idea to leave things open-ended. Doing so gives you a way out or an opportunity to slip away from accountability. Set milestones like you would for business and you'll hit them!
Once your head is in the game, your body will quickly follow and you'll reach your exercise goals and live a healthier life!