Accomplishing Goals: A Step-by-Step Approach
Quality of life and setting goals are extremely important for anyone struggling with an illness. Regardless of prognosis, setting goals during the path to recovery can help a person stay focused and motivated. There are a number of methods people can use to keep focused on their goals, but perhaps none as effective as logging and cataloging.
Writing Down Goals
By using a journal or some other catalog to keep track of your health goals, they become more tangible. Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels explains why writing goals is so important in an article about weight loss. Among the reasons being touted are that the brain sees written goals as being more real, and written instructions give direction. Even though these tips were written regarding weight loss, they can be applied to virtually any goal for a person fighting an illness.
By having the goal written down, it makes it easier to take a step-by-step approach to battling an illness or disease. For example, if part of your recovery is relearning to walk, you might write down what the incremental steps are and treat each milestone as its own goal. This helps to prevent frustration if the process seems to be taking a long time, and is incredibly motivating when you start achieving these small goals.
Staying on Track
Writing down goals in multiple places also helps for maintaining focus. Too frequently, we’ll have a goal in mind and then become sidetracked with something else. It’s not that we’re inherently flawed or don’t want to achieve success, it’s just many of our lives are extremely hectic. This rings especially true for individuals battling disease. From those battling diabetes to those diagnosed with a more serious illness like mesothelioma cancer, patients have to worry about not just the regular day-to-day tasks of life, but also with conquering the illness.
Having a tangible reminder of one’s health goals is among the best ways to stay focused. Write your health goals down in several places and keep them posted where you’ll see them at least a couple times a day. This will serve as a reminder of your progress, so even when you get busy, you won’t forget about your goals and what you’re hoping to accomplish during your healing efforts.
Having general goals can help improve anyone’s quality of life. This is even applicable to people without an illness. By writing down a list of hopeful experiences in life, people keep their desires in mind and end up with clear paths to reaching those goals.
Ultimately, being able to set that path is what’s important. If we never take the time to think about what we want to do in life, we’ll never take the time to figure out how to reach that point. Writing down goals, whether places we want to go or books we want to read, can help even the best of us to live out our dreams. Uplift and inspire yourself.
Feb 08, 2012 | Comments: 4