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31 Days - Find a Goal Buddy - January 19

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Todays tip from Spark is to find a "goal buddy," who shares your goals, because that person will offer greater support and inspiration and accountability.


I think when you come down to it, we all have the same goals. Eat better. Exercise. Live an active lifestyle. So in that regard, we are all goal buddies, though we probably all have our own personalized road to get there. I'm certainly all for the buddy system. I don't know what I ever would do without the support of my marvelous sparkbuddies.

But ultimately, it's all about me, alone, making the right choices, getting myself up to exercise, being responsible for myself. There is only one constant companion in life, and that is ourselves. So I think it's important to be our own best buddies, to be accountable to ourselves, to be our own best motivator. Of course, to be our best buddy, the first thing we have to learn to do is to like ourselves and to trust ourselves. We might need some help with that, and we should get it if we do, from therapists, nutritionists, trainers, doctors, you get the picture..

So my take on this is to look within to find your true goal (and SOUL) buddy and your Spark..get help along the way by chatting it up with your friends and sparkbuddies, by reading stories of people who have had success, but, ultimately, I believe that each of us needs to, going back to my Star Wars analogy: "search your feelings, Luke.."

May the force be with you!

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    The force is strong in you.The sense undeniable. Correct you are in realizing that alone are you in making the decisions you must.

    Close we are, encourage each other we do. Buddies we are and would be were we neighbors. But, accountable we are in the end, as you say, to ourselves.

    3572 days ago
    Well said! Thank you for sharing.
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    I wrote about this the other day...it's all about me. I am accountable to me. I sort of have a buddy that is my sister and we talk each day. It is funny but when I am doing what I should so follows suit and vica versa. Right now we are both on track. :)
    3572 days ago
    Yep, I totally agree - I think there's plenty of camaraderie among team members, and since most of the teams have something in common (age or health issues or fitness specialties or even geographic locations) then we already have a set of 'SparkBuddies' we can discuss things with. And I too believe each plan has to be custom-tailored, at least to some extent, because not everything will work for everybody.

    3572 days ago
    Good insight Tina! I do have a buddy here locally that I've teamed up with for accountability on food intake. It's amazing how much more you think about it when you know someone else is going to see it! LOL
    3572 days ago
    What a wonderful way to look at today's tip! Thanks!
    3572 days ago
    I couldn't agree with you more....sometimes we may have to give ourselves a mental peptalk and motivate ourselves in order to get it going......It takes one opportunity at a time and one good choice at a time. Thanks for reinforcing what I have been dealing with the last couple of days.
    3572 days ago
    Very good way to put it!
    3572 days ago
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