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What Every "Sparker" Needs (A&I Polar Bears WK2)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My assignment: Create a definitive list of what you feel every “Sparker” needs (personal trait or quality, physical item) and tell why you think that quality, trait, or physical item is important.

I don't know why I feel a bit awkward about posting this. Maybe because I think each individual needs to find the tools that work best for them. Anyway, I’m going to approach this slightly differently than the assignment has it worded. I’m going to list what I think I need, so maybe other “Sparkers” need, too, to achieve success. As so much of this is mental for me, I focus mostly on attitudes.

Attitudes for success:

Commitment (attitude about faithfulness).
Going into a successful journey to improve one’s health requires commitment to one’s future, to changing the things you can, and to making those changes consistent.

Honesty (attitude about truth).
For success on this journey to improve health, one must have simple, full honesty with oneself.

Determination to overcome difficulties (attitude about struggling to achieve).
Any journey has its setbacks, detour, and roadblocks. To achieve success, one must deal with these effectively and find the way back to the direction of health.

Persistence in the face of discouragement (attitude about doing the right thing when the desire isn't there).
We all get discouraged from time to time, but success depends on how we deal with it. If we persist in the things our rational mind knows will help us achieve our goals, then we can achieve success.

Openness to possibilities, even gifts (attitude about ideas or approaches).
For successful change to take place, a person needs to have a willingness to new ideas and new ways of thinking about things. A new, healthier way of thinking about something can be a gift.

Willingness to take risks (attitude about taking action).
Trying something different, maybe even out a person's comfort zone, can be hard, but success doesn't come often to those who do not dare to try new things, new approaches.

Gratitude (attitude about perspective).
The community of support contributes even more to our success if we focus on our gratitude for one another and express it regularly.

Resources for success:

Food scale.
The one physical thing I need for success in managing my nutrition.

Reliable Internet connection.
Required to participate on the site.

Time to track, time to check in with others, time to blog, time to meal plan, time to exercise.

Other Sparkers!
Support from our SP friends. We need one another.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BLUEFISH1881 1/14/2013 11:49PM

    I like that you included gratitude in your list.


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TUFFYBIRD 1/14/2013 5:42PM

    I'm impressed - great list! And you've obviously put a lot of thought into it. emoticon

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RFJSJ50 1/13/2013 11:22PM

    I know determination is an important aspect of my journey. Without it, I wouldn't be starting over so often!
I like you list and agree that we can each tailor this blog to our own needs.

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/13/2013 3:43PM

    Great list and blog Ann! I really like the way you made your blog. I like that you included gratitude in your list. I wish I had thought of that one. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/13/2013 12:41PM

    "Doing the right thing when the desire isn't there" - I really needed to hear that. Thanks Ann!

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IZZYBEBOP 1/13/2013 12:09PM

    emoticon Support is the best thing to get, and offering it in return. Great list!

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CAPECODBABE 1/13/2013 7:52AM

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PJSTIME 1/13/2013 6:42AM

    Love your lists and yes definite needs are internet and time.

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JUSTLLAMA 1/13/2013 2:37AM

    Great list! And I definitely love the food scale and internet connection being included - agree 110% on both!

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SIGNAL38 1/13/2013 1:44AM

    Great blog! I like your approach. Keep up the good work!

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BARBIE176 1/12/2013 10:27PM

    I love the list of attributes you have listed and the way you have them stated. I love that you added the food scale and reliable internet as well as time and other sparkers.

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DBELLE39 1/12/2013 8:16PM

    Great blog, I see Determination is a key that we all know we need, seems to be a common idea.

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