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The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals

A Reward System to Reach Your Dreams!

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Mid term goals are my goal. Report
Good article. Report
Love reaching a mid term goal. Keeps me motivated. Report
I have long-term goals and daily tasks to accomplish them, but I like the idea of setting up medium-term goals. I think this might help me to stay motivated. As to rewards, I think a good one for me is to just stop and notice and appreciate to myself what I've accomplished before racing on to the next task on my endless to-do list.. And yes, everyone should do the dishes after every meal. But just to stop and say to myself how nice the clean kitchen looks. And thank myself for a job well done, is free and non-caloric and might do wonders for my mood and self-esteem. Report
Spark has a really good companion article for this one. Rewards are a basic part of learning theory & a good idea when we're establishing new behaviors.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/moti
vation_articles.asp?id=86 Report
Love this idea. Not a fan of food-based rewards though. Report
I am not one to reward myself usually. It's just not the way I am. I do need to stay motivated though. I have a short-term goal that I started April 1st - to lose 20 pounds by May 22nd. I started out fine, losing 2 lbs. each week. But last week and this week I haven't lost any. I am still exercising and have been doing strength training with weights. My muscles are started to look toned but I am so frustrated that I have hit this plateau. This is bad for me because in the past this has caused me to derail my program. Report
Goals, yes! Rewards, no!! I don't believe in rewarding myself for something I should be doing. That's like rewarding myself for doing the laundry or cleaning the house. "And when you have done all that, say to yourself 'I am an unworthy servant. I have only done my duty.' That sums it up in a nutshell. Report
Great article, but I too would like to see more ideas for no-cost, food-free rewards. A walk in the woods, taking my dog to the park, a guilt-free couple of hours kicking back with a book or old movie can be more relaxing than dinner out if it's going to stretch the budget. Report
rewards are probably one of the hardest things for me --- I most always get what I NEED --- and usually get what I want ???

I know it's a cop out but losing the weight is a pretty NEAT reward for me. Report
KAREN2LOSE55
A super great helpful article. Thanks! Report
COASTAL6
Again, this is a great article! Thank you!
WooHoo! Report
I am trying to give myself a weekly challenge and posting on my blog. Just taking my vitamins each day and drinking at least 4 glasses of water will be a real accomplishment for me right now.

And am moving more - just getting up and doing something for at least 5 minutes every half hour.

Great reminder!! Report
This is great and it put's things into perspective. Report
Good article! Some of the rewards are not for me-like food! Really?!?!
I agree with CUISINEEXAMINER . I too am on a small fixed income & can't reward myself with $$ rewards or going out to dinner...
.CUISINEEXAMINER's idea about an article on how to reward ourselves with something that has no cost or is free.
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