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SparkGuy's Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Chris Downie (SparkGuy) is running (and has been for awhile) an informal Life Challenge and I loved the initial beta version he published on his blog here:

I'm going to working on looking at each corner and determining my own personal vision of them over the next few weeks.

Focus Cornerstone
Get clear about your goals so you know where you are headed

1. Goals
* Long-term goals, Medium-term milestones, Short-term action steps -- action step example would be to look at goals daily or more after setting goals according to core values

* Visualization

2. Planning & Productivity
* Use some type of daily planner or checklist to stay on track
* Learn something new
* Complete projects (work or home)
* Organization -- can be 10 minutes at a time as a break from something else

Fitness & Health Cornerstone
Get in the best shape possible both mentally and physically to carry out your goals

1. Exercise -- options include using full fitness tracker, quick track, wearable device, setting exercise goals using daily planner

2. Nutrition -- options include full nutrition tracker, quick track, setting healthy food goals using daily planner

3. Sleep -- track hours of sleep and develop good sleep habits

4. Stress management (connected to emotional eating)

5. Healthy Habits -- flossing and periodically changing furnace filters for example

Fire Cornerstone
Stay passionate and motivated along your journey

1. Motivation -- options include:
* Positive self-talk
* Vision collage
* Journal -- at least write highlight of the day -- this will motivate you to continue looking for more highlights each day
* Listen to motivational song
* Other forms of motivation

The idea is to intentionally build many forms of motivation into your life so you are less likely to fall off track. It's important that you can regularly see some of these motivators (like my tennis racquet is propped against the wall right next to my computer as I type this :)).

2. Personal leadership -- examples include staying on top of finances/budgeting.

Positive Force Cornerstone
Share your energy; get more in return

1. Support and coach others -- including Spreading the Spark. A simple example is to become a SparkFriend to at least one other person participating in this challenge and take small steps to support each other.
2. Lead by example
3. Receive support and coaching

If you are interested, this page shows just a quick overview of the Four Cornerstones and All of the Building Blocks in a list:
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    I enjoyed this!!! Thank you!!
    1365 days ago
  • DJC2021
    Thanks. I was just ponder those wonderful "f" words. I wanted to work them into a quote for my profile on my spark page.

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    1882 days ago
    Good Blog - I have to take a closer look at this challenge!
    1882 days ago
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