Here's a great, free, holistic goal setting site and game: Mindbloom--Life Game. http://www.mindbloom.com/lifegame .
It has categories for all major aspects of life to keep in balance (finance, spirituality, relationships, etc.), it has a customizable goal board, it incorporates to-do lists that get points when marked off, points taken away when scheduled but missed, a social component to encourage others, and if you go to their page on your smartphone and click on "add app" then you can keep track of everything via phone. You can also "buy" things with your points/seeds similar to how SP allows you to use points to give goodies.
Here's a great video they made to show how it all works:
Great article, very down to earth and achievable no matter if you are a beginner or veteran. I especially like the annalogy of planning a trip. I know how to plan a trip-we drove to Yellowstone National Park 2 years ago! We were gone 2 weeks. Without planning this would never have happened. I know how to track, but my fitness goals need the same kind of planning to be acheived. Right now they arent much more than wishes.
I actually incorporate 2 of these ideas. I journal daily. I call it my mood journal, but really it's to track any fluctuations in my mood. I think I might be bipolar, but first I want to try this type of therapy before I resort to other things, like meds. And my journal, is actually a Daily Planner. I plan on getting another one at the beginning of the year to track Nutrition and Fitness Goals, after the baby is born. But for right now, I'm just trying to track my moods. I also track exercise and fitness, although on a different site. I think I will start back tracking on Spark at the turn of the year as well, though.
I'm trying to keep a written journal but only seem to get to it once a week. I love the idea of a shorthand system or at least giving the day a rating if I don't have time to write an entire entry. Great idea!
Article was wonderful........I think in myself where I always fail is the lack of rewarding when I meet goals, that mentality of I need to be skinny to deserve it or when I hit a bigger goal then I'll reward myself. I have learned, even if its just a simple new pair of cute pompom or super fuzzy socks( I love love socks...lol) EVERY goal will be rewarded: ) Goodluck everyone....((((HUGS)))
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