7. Find your triggers. We all have triggers, and you’re the only one who can defeat yours. The secret to permanently breaking through a trigger is finding something greater–whether it’s faith or family or your desire to reach your potential and meet your goals. When you overcome your triggers, you overcome any self-destructive behavior that may be holding you back.

8. Remember that the pain of the process is temporary but the feeling of achievement lasts forever. Failure doesn’t mean the game is over, it means try again–but this time with experience. Failures are part of life, so don’t let temporary setbacks keep you from success. Persistence is the key, so simply refuse to give up.

9. Have faith in baby steps. As you know, you don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step. Keep taking small steps, and watch them begin adding up to big results.

10.Find your line in the sand. Especially in times of change, you need to know who you are and what’s important to you, what you’ll tolerate and what you won’t, where you can say yes and where you can never compromise. When you do, you can assure you stay on track by steering yourself away from the distraction of misplaced priorities.

11. Make friends with fear. Learn to be OK with failure, secure in your commitment and knowing you won’t quit when things get hard.

12. Reinvent yourself as needed. Reinvention doesn’t mean altering who you are or what you are about–it may be as simple as a new method of pursuing the same dream.

At the end of the day, if you want to get yourself from here to there, you need to take everything you know and everything you need to learn forward.