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The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals

A Reward System to Reach Your Dreams!


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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Love this idea. Not a fan of food-based rewards though.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    A super great helpful article. Thanks!
    Again, this is a great article! Thank you!
  • 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!!
  • This is great and it put's things into perspective.
  • 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.
  • The article is based on a good premise: that of setting goals. However, the author (whom I note has TWO jobs, not just one) seems to go off on a tangent of rewards of dinner (hey, I'm on a diet!!), buying a new "toy", or going on a vacation. I'm an unemployed overweight senior citizen on a fixed - read "small" - income, and haven't been on a vacation in almost two years, with dinner out also being an almost unimaginable treat. I have read way too many SparkPeople articles, suggestions, and blogs which promote the spending of money on rewards for good behavior, to the emotional detriment of the less wealthy group of Spark followers. A more motivating article, from my personal point of view, might have included a short list of non-monetary rewards: time spent pampering oneself, reading a book from the library, taking a walk, etc. A truly great article, if it mentioned rewards, would include a list such as "100 No-Cost Rewards For Goals Reached".
  • I taught my kids to do this in every category of their lives. Financially, when studying, in sports, etc. For example: When I gave them an allowance, they had to put a portion in their longterm account(to be taken out after 18 years of age), into their medium term account(to be taken out in Dec. for their Christmas gifts and personal purchases), and short term(mad money for immediate access). It works, but needs discipline to do.

    Amazing and so needed for me. My husband and I are on the marathon of paying off debt right now, and at the same time we have the vague idea that we'd like to get in shape and lose weight as well. I'm feeling the need more to set small milestones and reward/celebrate in the weight loss department. In the financial department, we have paid of $46,000 of debt in the last 18 months and still so much have our eyes on the goal and the unpaid portion and the end of the marathon - a great goal! But at this milestone of $46,000 which includes all of Nate's student loans, I'd like to pause, breathe and celebrate. So this article is right in line with these two goals.

    One more thought: these two journeys share so many similarities it's amazing.

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