So, you’re ready to make a health and fitness plan for yourself, or update one you already had. Good for you.If you want to carry out that plan successfully and reach your health and fitness goals, be sure to include this essential ingredient.Am I talking about nutrition? An aerobic component? Perhaps stretching? Resistance training? Or even rest? No, no, no, no and no!What is it then? Quite simply, it’s the one essential component that’s so crucial, that without it, you’re much more likely to face frustration, even failure.This is the emotional element. Why is this so vital? Quite simply, because your emotional state has far more to do with your success in sticking with your health and fitness plan than any other factor!You are going to have times when you’re not very motivated, or you are distracted, or some stress or knocks you off course. These circumstances are absolutely normal; everyone faces them.What makes the difference between people who fall down, or fall off their plan, and those who get up again and keep on trucking, is that one simple thing, again, the emotional element.So whether the occasion for your new health and fitness plan is a new year, a new season, a new job, a new relationship, make this component a central part of your health and fitness plan – right up there with the nutrition, the aerobic aspect, stretching, supplementation, resistance training and rest.What will you do when you’re facing the inevitable emotional challenges that will arise? Go back to your old habits? Or get the emotional support you need and move on toward your goals? Write that in to your plan now.Including that emotional ingredient will no doubt name names – the people you will call on to help you get back on track.Well, you may say, I can’t afford a personal trainer. Or, my spouse doesn’t really know how to support me in this. Or, it’s after the gym is closed and my friends are asleep that I need support the most.