The Secrets of Success: Be A “Goal-Getter”

By , SparkPeople Blogger
When we were researching and writing our best-selling book, The Spark we discovered 27 secrets of success that thousands of successful SparkPeople members have used to reach their goals, lose weight and keep it off. Some secrets--including these--are too good to keep to yourself.

We're sharing our 15 favorite secrets of success on the dailySpark from March 1-15.

Secret #3 Be a “goal-getter.”

Of our successful members, 96 percent were actively working toward one or more goals. They all either had or had met weight loss goals, but they also had active fitness goals (81.5 percent), health- related goals (49 percent), and other life goals like financial, career, relationship, creative pursuits, and many more.

When I started running, I was going nowhere. Sure, I was going for miles, but what I mean is that I had no goal in mind. I ran a few times a week, when I felt like it, for as long as I wanted, only when the weather was nice. It wasn't until Coach Nancy suggested that I run a 5K with other SparkPeople members that I set a goal and buckled down. I thought that having a running schedule would take all the fun out of it, but on the contrary, having runs planned into my week kept me from slacking. Since that first race, I ran another, then a 10K, and now I'm training for a half-marathon! Goal-setting really works!

With all the goal-setting tools and motivational stories on SparkPeople, it was easy and fun.

Habits of Fit People: Set a Fun Fitness Goal

Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals?

Keeping Goals Top of Mind

A Blueprint for Goal Success

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Did you miss a secret? Find all the rest of the series of 15 here (a new one is posted every day). For all 27 secrets and to learn how to fit them into your life, read The Spark.

Is this one of your Secrets of Success? What goal have you set for today?