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6 Characteristics of Effective Goal-Setting

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  • Helpful article - Thanks! I will incorporate this in my goal setting. I find goal setting so hard. - 5/10/2016 12:09:54 PM
  • great ideas. It keeps to the wise mantra of "little steps at a time" which is SO good for overall success. However, I will never find yogurt and fruit to be just as much a treat as chocolate! ha! but, in my own defense, the only chocolate I consume is very dark, like 85% and I limit myself to 60 calories of that per day. It is my reward at work, to keep me going as a shift nears the end. Oh, and I do have dark M&M's in the evening. I have a dispenser that gives out maybe three at a time. PERFECT little taste as I wind down.

    So yeah, I'm going to have chocolate, but I know how to be sane with it. Good article. - 4/8/2016 2:29:25 PM
  • Love this article. After reading it, I pulled out my food journal and created a short term goal action plan for my upcoming work week (which involves several cocktail parties, dinners and late hours). - 2/12/2016 3:09:20 PM
  • I am surprised and thankful for all of the tools that Spark People has provided! - 2/9/2016 9:09:32 AM
  • I needed to read this, really needed to. I have long term goals but do need to set smaller short term ones. I will be reading this again to remind & encourage myself!! - 1/9/2016 1:44:11 PM
  • I really need to redo my goals. - 7/14/2015 2:06:31 PM
  • Excellent article. So many people mistake objectives for goals. The objective is in the vision statement. The goal is how to get there and this article says it extremely well. - 9/7/2014 12:43:12 PM
  • Cramperella, you make a good point, but I would say your goals are still challenging to you. You may consider them modest, but by what or whose standard? Challenging does not mean impossible. Different people have different challenges, so do not disagree. Rather, look at it differently, which it sounds like you have. - 9/7/2014 12:42:00 PM
  • CRAMPERELLA
    While I agree with most of the tips, I beg to disagree with the first one. I think it depends on where you are on your journey and what baggage you carry. For myself, suffering from an eating disorder and with years of yo-yo dieting failures behind me, having a challenging goal is a recipe for another failure. This time my goals are so modest that many would consider them insignificant, but they have resulted in more success than I have experienced in years. - 9/7/2014 11:56:00 AM
  • good reminders - 7/10/2014 6:13:13 AM
  • RYELEWIS
    Good advice. - 7/4/2014 10:56:58 AM
  • I always find these kinds of ideas easy to remember and apply if I create an acronym. Here's what I came up with CAST F P. Cast for postivie! - 4/4/2014 11:38:09 AM
  • This is a thought proving article, and helpful in my goal assessment. - 12/7/2013 6:56:10 PM
  • Great article. I love reading every article. Keep them coming. - 9/10/2013 7:24:33 PM
  • Well-written article. Last night I started a motivational journal in addition to my daily journal for prayer and life events. I'm keeping track of all my Spark Goals and challenges. I'm adding positive quotes, things I'm grateful for, and things I want to do for others. I planned rewards for several goals, and my next step is to create a rewards calendar to see when I can get the prizes for my efforts. Some things include exercise equipment (like resistance bands, ball, etc.). Or a lovely set of stylish salad plates to hold my healthy meals. Things that will enhance my lifestyle change and help along the journey. Thanks for keeping us motivated with this informative article. - 12/12/2012 7:47:59 AM

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