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Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

Key Pieces to the Puzzle


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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As a writer and artist, Mike has witnessed countless motivational stories and techniques. See all of Mike's articles.

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  • Good informational article and some really good suggestions from the community. I will put into practice some of these. - 11/1/2014 1:59:08 PM
    Thanks for this article! and looking through the comments I saw @WILK_2013 's comment using the star system, I think its an awesome system! I am now motivated and will start my star system as well. - 9/3/2013 11:48:37 AM
  • Great article! Yesterday I posted my intentions on my blog with specific goals to work on, then this article shows up today! I'm going to post my goals on my calendar where I can see them every day. I like Wilk_2013's idea for gold stars on days I complete the goal. - 9/2/2013 8:40:55 AM
  • Great article. Saved it for the future. - 7/9/2013 5:13:42 PM
  • Right now, I am concentrating on losing 5% of my body weight. Staying within the calorie limits that Sparkpeople set for me (which is higher than I would of set for myself), but a lot lower than what I usually eat. And fitness. Right now I just want to burn at least 1000 calories a week, but consistently exercise several (4-5) days a week, not just burn it all in one or two days. - 7/9/2013 12:20:35 PM
    I feel out of control. I want to snack. How will I ever lose weight? - 6/6/2013 9:02:36 PM
  • I put up a calender with a little space underneath each day. There i write down when i go to the gym to keep track of when i do go or other things that i do that keeps me active. Its a great way for me to see how often i go and how much i have improved in changing my life. I only write the things i have done which is a nice reward and also a good keepsake for me later on. Good luck to anyone looking to change their life for the better and don't give up! :) - 1/18/2013 3:47:30 PM
  • on my monthly wall calendar, i put different colored stars up when i reach a goal.
    red star = no coke for the day
    green star = strength training
    gold star = cardio + strength!!
    i feel motivated to keep my gold star streak going or make a pattern for the month. it keeps it interesting without feeling overwhelmed.
    it might sound silly, but the visual reminder everyday is the only thing that has helped me. the last thing i want is a day with no stars!! - 1/14/2013 11:25:32 PM
  • Thanks for a good common sense article. Sometimes a reminder is what's needed :) - 11/4/2012 1:24:43 PM
  • Thank You. This has clear up things. My next big goal at getting healthier is to quit smoking. It is going to be hard since my spouse smokes.I have failed at this one before. I think now it was for a couple of big reasons. Number one was I really did not want to. I had no one to support me. I husband said he was too and made no effort,and I decided if he's not I am not either. I know now I have to do it for me and not what anyone else wants. And following this will work for that too. - 10/4/2012 8:40:42 AM
  • Thanks for this article. Being motivated is a huge step in success - 10/4/2012 7:47:06 AM
  • I'd like to save this article for reference but do not see a save button... - 7/10/2012 7:45:49 AM
    Thank you Mike great article,I need to over haul some of my goals,as in make sure they are all written down,and make sure they are small steps ..funny how everytime i log on and go to an article its just what i need :) - 4/9/2012 6:39:13 AM
  • Thank you Mike for a good article. It seemed just to be for me because I needed to hear that so much. It seems I've been having trouble forever, one week after another and I know it's just because I'm not serious enough about my goals or that my goals aren't clear enough and specific enough. So I will make them more clear and specific tonight! Thanks for giving me this idea of help! - 3/4/2012 10:34:04 PM
    Thanks for a very timely message. Most of the time i'm telling others that very same thing. Set small achievable goals, but because I am a goal setter I sometimes forget it's only human to fall off from time 2 time. I don't think of my slips ups as failures because I learn from them, and as you so graciously put it (Things Happen) thanks :-)) - 3/4/2012 8:50:42 PM

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