Every week I make a list of THREE things that I want to accomplish. Within that week, I have many other lists that I make, but my main focus is those three things. It is important to set goals, however, it is more important to set goals that are achievable. No matter what craziness is going on in my life- I remain calm, and focused on my weekly goals. I have a planner that I use specifically for my daily goals, or “to-do list”. This is not my weekly goals. My planner is a way for me to keep track of smaller things that I want to accomplish while I am reaching for the ultimate goals. When I first started practicing this technique, I was writing down things that seemed very minuscule. For example, getting out of bed, and getting myself ready. We all know how hard that can be sometimes, especially when you are experiencing depression. Something about the physical action of having a list, something to cross off, it made me feel like I had a minimum expectation of myself. Even if I was getting up, and doing my hair and makeup, and then just sitting around the house- I was still starting to feel better about myself. I don’t have to write down “get up” on my goals anymore, because I did it for so long, it became a part of my life. Now I am writing down long term goals, and things I never dreamed of.
I encourage you to make three attainable goals for this coming up week, and NO MATTER WHAT- make sure they get accomplished. If your goal is to exercise, and you know that you struggle with this, make your goal very small. 5 minutes of exercise, three times a week is 15 minutes of exercise that you were not doing before. That’s better than nothing, right!?
I know that you have come this far, and you have everything it takes within you to make this leap towards success. Remember, as always- You are smart, you are lovable, and you can do anything that you want to. Make a wonderful rest of your week.