Every morning when you wake up do you find yourself dreaming about a new career, having better quality relationships or having more energy and being healthy? If so, it's time to make a change. Here are some tips to help you get more out of life!

First, accept responsibility for making all things possible in your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Be honest with yourself. If you catch yourself following the crowd or living on auto pilot simply because it's the easiest option, it's time to pause, reflect and take action.

The only way to change your life and turn your dreams into reality is to take actionable steps and keep moving forward. Big dreams can be achieved by chunking them into small goals and meeting them. Don't build mountains in your mind. Don't try to conquer it all at once. Take everything in stride, one step at a time.

When you seek instant gratification, you make life unnecessarily painful and frustrating. Instead, when you choose to treat each moment as an opportunity to make a small, positive, long-term investment in your future, the rewards come naturally. Although each individual effort may seem to have no effect when you make it, at some point you'll look back and realize the momentous impact your efforts created once they were added together. By moving at this sustainable pace, you'll be able to continue moving forward for as long as it takes to get precisely where you want to go.

Understand the power of your thoughts, and guard them more closely. Understand the power of your words, and prefer silence to anything negative. Through your thoughts and words you create your own weaknesses and strengths. Your limitations begin in your mind where you can always replace negative with positive.

So stop worrying about negative scenarios that are merely figments of your imagination. Allow your thoughts to encourage you rather than hinder you. Focus on the moment in front of you. Free yourself to deal effectively and successfully with what is real and what is now.

Be diligent and committed to your work, but also make sure you leave time for pleasure and exploration. Achieving one specific goal in life is not enough to fulfill you. You also have to explore all of your interests while you can, while there's time. Break away from your everyday routine every now and then. Do something adventurous or daring. Allow yourself to "feel" life.

Every day you can make big improvements in your life just by doing simple things. Take a long walk, hold hands with your beloved, play with your kids, spend time with your friends, watch the sunset, try something new, meditate, play with your pets, or sit quietly for a while and contemplate the goodness around you.

Keep your mind fresh, your body active and alive, and your relationships nurtured. Do so, and the things you want most in life will come more naturally.

I would like to dedicate this article to the 17 amazing people who decided to join my six-month challenge for getting healthy and fit this year. You can follow their journeys on my new facebook page: Coffee Street Fitness and Dance. Please encourage their success as they transform and change their lives.