It’s the time of year when many of us decide we need to make personal improvements to our life. But how do you pick the right goals that you know you’ll follow through on? And make sure they will make an impact on your life, but not be too overwhelming?
Well first, bravo to you for wanting to tackle making changes to your life. Here are some questions to ask that will help distill some ideas you can choose from.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next ten years?
How do you want to improve your mental health?
How do you want to improve your physical lifestyle?
What bad habits would you like to address?
Are there any relationships you want to improve?
What new skills do you want to learn, or are there any you want to improve upon?
Now that you’ve jotted down some ideas, time to trim them to one or two goals you want to focus on. Make sure the goals are realistic, and focused on you (no, “make my mother in law easier to deal with”). Now, make sure it has a positive feel to it – rather than aiming to be less anxious, say that you want to feel peace more often.
Now that you’ve defined your goals, you need to work on action steps to get there. How will you accomplish the goal each day? Write down smaller steps that will lead to the larger accomplishment. And lastly, work on the timeline you’d like to use to reach your goal. It’ll take at least three weeks to make or break a habit. For more ideas on how to set goals and stay on top of them, give us a call at 717-747-3099 or click here to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Melanie Ochalski
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