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Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

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  • Thanks, Mike, for this article. I'm going to save it and look at it often, especially considering this is like round 4 on SP; just started back today and your article helped me see my goals clearer. I DO tend to be all or nothing and I know that is wrong. SP helps track the goals and the progress so I think I'll stay around this time. - 9/18/2010 12:07:51 PM
    As a typical Sagittarius, I tend to leave things until I have to do them, as such I am now almost forced into this, the only way I can work to be honest, though this article helps to see how setting little goals and deadlines does help - 9/1/2010 7:51:31 AM
  • Don't quite understand the importance of getting up before the alarm, that's why you have an alarm..
    Besides that is the best part of the day, waiting for the alarm to go off, and 2 nine minute snoozes.... the only 18-20 minutes out of the day, that you have absolute control of...after that most of the day is at someone elses discretion... - 8/4/2010 10:38:56 AM
  • It seems like every article I read and really enjoy or get alot out of turn out to be Mikes articles! Thanks so much and keep the good info coming!

    My 2 week goal is 15 min. of exercise everyday! (and try to get in some water - no specific goal there yet til I get the 1st one) - 8/4/2010 10:14:56 AM
  • I know I've read about goal setting before, but for some reason, I never even thought about it regarding health and fitness...Duh!!!

    I liked the article:) - 7/16/2010 2:52:24 PM
    Great article; gives me a couple ideas for better goal setting & help on how to handle when one is not met. Main goal is to keep doing more & more of the healthy things and all the rest will follow. - 4/6/2010 11:02:08 AM
  • good article. I approach my goal setting with the seasons. I know things will happen along the way, so I allow for a buffer. I estimate how much I normally lose in a 3 month period, and allow myself a range within 75% to 90% of that. I always keep in mind that the goal is JUST something to focus on in order to help me keep balance on my journey. The real achievement is learning to live better and better while get to where I want to be. - 4/3/2010 4:28:17 AM
  • wonderful wonderful article - 2/27/2010 12:50:22 PM
  • A very good article. I think doing the things that are listed will help anyone reach their goals! - 2/12/2010 10:46:04 AM
  • What a great article and very timely for me. I was just taking a short walk, thinking about what I am going to do for the month of February. I haven't quite gotten my plan together in my head, but it is going on paper and the computer! - 2/1/2010 7:54:35 AM
    I love how you let us know about 17% of people taking six or more tries to accomplish their goals! Lets me know that just because I fail once or twice, I'm not a failure and that I should keep on trying. Thanks for the inspiration! - 1/31/2010 7:01:53 PM
  • Good article with practical suggestions. Thanks! - 1/31/2010 11:23:57 AM
  • Good article. What stuck with me most was being specific in your goals...I think that is key! - 1/20/2010 9:45:15 PM
  • Great and succinct. Best to everyone! - 8/23/2009 6:02:53 PM
    I do agree with the "buddy issue" but I think you have to pick the buddy very wisely. Even with the best of intentions, friends and family members often sabotage efforts made to lose weight. Other than conversing with others on the Sparkpeople site, I've kept quiet about this new nutrition lifestyle change I've made. - 8/23/2009 4:38:36 PM

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