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Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

Key Pieces to the Puzzle

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DO find a support system. DON’T try to do it alone.
A goal buddy can make all the difference this time. People that can help are all around you – on the SparkPeople support message boards, at work, even in your own family. Just add one person to your support group, and you double your motivation, double your energy, double your commitment – and double your FUN.

DO make a commitment. DON’T ever forget that you can do it.

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Member Comments

  • Sensible, encouraging articles like this are why I love Spark so much more than the "kill yourself to lose weight fast" trends. Thank you! - 5/13/2016 4:47:12 PM
  • I can do a better job of setting specific goals. I am still somewhat hung up on the specificity element. IN my mind, I eat a lot of vegetables and some fruit, but I often just eat whatever leftovers there are and forget to or fail to add something fresh. I have been on a crusade to eat the things I buy before I have to throw them out. I wish there were a way to buy a 1/4 loaf of bread, by the way. - 4/20/2016 4:26:41 PM
  • I need to start again and focus on just one thing at a time.

    what should it be? eliminating things I know are not good for me to eat? Just one food item a month? 3 a month? or for 6 months?

    or should I focus on adding 10 minutes of fitness into every day?


    Suggestions anyone? - 4/10/2016 9:10:47 PM
  • I have a goal set to walk my dog Benny a minimum of 4 times for a period of minimum 15 minutes each. - 2/7/2016 8:54:09 PM
  • I'm not good at the rewards thing either - meeting my goals is pretty satisfying. But I need to do a better job and scheduling in the time to meet my goals, and SparkPeople is helping me start to enlist support. I have a couple teams here that really really help. - 1/5/2016 11:28:32 PM
  • Good points, thanks. - 1/5/2016 7:45:35 AM
  • I'm in! - 1/4/2016 11:57:09 PM
  • I think this challenge is just what I need. - 1/4/2016 7:51:03 PM
  • looking forward to a improved me this year! - 1/4/2016 10:30:52 AM
  • I am trying this new challenge to help myself get back on track. - 1/4/2016 10:24:28 AM
  • I am trying this new challenge to help myself get back on track. - 1/4/2016 10:24:27 AM
  • I enjoyed the article -very timely and informative. And I especially appreciate the permission to be kind to myself and not expect perfection. This too often has been my nemesis. If I stumble in my quest I'm in good company - about 100% of humanity. - 1/2/2016 2:56:14 PM
  • My favorite Zig Ziegler quote "when people tell me motivation never lasts, I tell them bathing doesn't either, that's why I recommend it daily". I need to make this my mantra. - 12/28/2015 8:24:36 AM
  • Overall, a good article. But I don't believe in rewarding myself for something I should be doing. That's like rewarding myself for cleaning the house or doing the laundry. - 12/18/2015 8:28:51 AM
  • HPY2BE
    More and more I am embracing the concept of persistence over perfection. This is a kinder and more realistic attitude for me to embrace because I want this behavioral/attitu
    dinal change to effectively carry me through the rest of my life. - 11/7/2015 7:57:11 AM

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