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Setting Goals in Recovery and Life

Goals in Recovery

Reach for the stars! Go for the gold! Anything is possible! These phrases seem like a foreign language when you are in active recovery or when you have just made the choice to enter recovery. Whether you have made the choice to put yourself into rehab and recovery or it has been a choice that was made for you, you are at a point in which your life can change for the better. One step in truly changing your life is through setting and working toward goals. The remainder of this article will share how to set appropriate goals to further recovery.

Goals keep you moving forward and focused on creating a life without addiction. Often it is hard to stay focused on goals, especially those that are created long term, but there is hope. Try these ten ways to stay focused on your goals. First start by setting goals, these can be short and long term goals. The easiest and most effective type goals to set are known as SMART goals. This stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound. This further means that you should set several goals that are meaningful to you so you will work toward them in a timely manner and that they are relevant to your current situation.

Setting a goal to have a million dollars in four months when you are currently homeless is unlikely, but finding affordable housing and employment could be an attainable goal. As you set these goals, write them down and display them. Seeing the goal daily or multiple times a day will help you to stay focused. Break each goal down into steps. You cannot run before you walk so make sure your goals can progress in a logical order.  Make your action plan and stick to it. It is best to work on your goals first thing in the morning as you are fresh and will not get busy with other things on your to do list for the day.

Additionally, you should share your goals with others who can hold you accountable and help you celebrate your progress. As you first set your goals make sure they are goals that excite you. If the goal is not something that you truly want to meet than you are less likely to actually work toward the end. Use positive language when writing goals to help set the right mind frame. This can be simple like instead of I will no longer smoke, you could write I will spend more time doing healthy activities. While this is not specific enough it does illustrate the difference in language. Set your goals in multiple life areas to remind yourself and others that every part of life has value and is worth betterment.

Finally, set both performance and outcome goals as these are dependent on different life events. One is based on everything falling into place while the other depends solely on what you choose to do. What type of goals could you create for your own journey with these simple steps? What are you willing to work toward to create a better life?

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