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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

  • 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
  • BOBBIE513
    thanks every one who made this site , I weigh 312 the most I ever weighed and need to drop 50 pounds so my back dr will do the surgery AS MY BACK IS GETTING WORSE I sorry for the caps im new to this site hoping the support and tips I get from you all will keep me going thanks so much every one , Bobbie - 4/29/2015 6:50:11 AM
  • 52TOWNOFCALLA
    I am just starting out and goal setting was a little overwhelming. There were so many choices. Thanks for a well-written article. - 4/25/2015 7:00:34 PM
  • Good tips to use.
    I found setting a certain number of pounds to lose per week could discourage me if I didn't reach that goal. So instead I worked on losing 10 lbs ,at a time. Try to lose as soon as possible.
    At first it was within a month. but after the first 100 lbs or so It took a little longer , But because I had the goal of 10 lbs, I was happy with my success.
    Too many people lose hope when weight loss doesn't happen as fast as they expect it .
    It takes longer and more dedication to lose than to gain.
    But it is so worth it to hang in there.
    Tisha
    I - 4/24/2015 10:57:48 AM

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