As this year winds to an end and the new year lies before you with blank pages, your thoughts will most likely turn to personal goals for the New Year. This is traditionally what people in Texas and all over the world do. Unfortunately, many of those people will quickly put what they planned aside. This happens for many reasons. The goals may have been too large, they may have seemed overwhelming, or there may have been no accounting factored into the equation. What is needed is the knowledge of how to set achievable goals. At Santé Center for Healing, we help you take a look at what you can do to help you set, and achieve, your personal goals for the New Year.
Limit the Number of Goals for the New Year
Rather than make a long list of things you want to achieve during the new year, resist the temptation and limit yourself to no more than three. These should be in categories such as physical well-being, mental health, and other personal goals such as financial or a fun goal like a planned vacation. By limiting the number of goals for the new year, you give yourself the chance to approach them with confidence rather than feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work needed to reach them all. By seeking professional mental health services, you set yourself up for a greater chance of success.
Break Things Into Steps
A goal without a plan is merely a dream. Once you have your main goals, take the time to break them down into steps. Saying you want to feel better is too vague. Make the goals more specific such as “I will get more physically fit” or “I will seek substance abuse treatment” Now, it is time to get even more specific. Take each goal and break it into 12 mini-goals that work toward the main goal. For example, I will start drinking eight glasses of water a day or exercise three days a week. Each step will help move you toward your goal, and by concentrating on the smaller goal, you have the chance to allow it to become a habit before moving onto the next step. You also give yourself a chance to experience many moments of success that will help keep you focused. On some goals, you may even want to break the monthly goals into weekly ones.
Set Up an Accountability System
This step requires that you open up and share your goals with at least one other person you feel you can trust to keep you motivated. Maybe the two of you can be each other’s, accountability partners. Choose someone who will be willing to check in with you regularly and make a point of reaching out to report your progress. This person needs to be someone who can encourage you to keep going if you start to falter or even give you hints on how to stick with your plan. You don’t want a drill sergeant, but you do want someone who isn’t afraid to tell you to get off your rear and start making progress.
A New Life for the New Year
If you are dealing with mental health issues that also involve substance abuse, this is the time to think about getting help from a mental health dual diagnosis treatment center as one of your personal goals for the new year. Give Santé Center for Healing a call at 866.238.3154 and see how we can help you reach that goal. Our center in Texas will meet you on your healing journey and help you continue on your path. Let the new year see the beginning of a new life.