So you can take action to achieve a healthy, successful life and relapse prevention you will need to define your values, vision, and write concrete goals. To get started establishing your vision and goals use the “Life Plan and Goals for Next Year Worksheet” at the end of this chapter and write down your vision of what you want in your future:
- Work/ School
- Physical Health/Mental Health
If you establish at least one goal in each of these areas, you will be on your way to developing the variety of goals you need to achieve and enjoy a higher quality of life and a balanced lifestyle.
Your goals need to be simple and measurable. Set a time when you want to have each goal completed. Include times and a way to measure your goals or your list will be made up of wishes instead of goals. Wishes are: I would like to quit using, I would like to lose weight, and I would like to find new friends. A goal is: I will do aerobic exercise for 20 minutes every day and lift weights three times a week to reduce my weight. I will join an exercise club on Monday and I will take a Spanish course starting the beginning of April to meet new people. Do you see the difference between goals and wishes? Goals are much more powerful motivators than wishes.
Remember to make goals that reflect your vision of how you really want your life to be. Goals must be important to you. Keep them simple. Begin by writing a single sentence that includes what you want to achieve, how you are going to achieve it, and when.
You will need motivation and personal leverage to keep you on the road to your goals. You must search for the most important things in your life to create your personal growth plan. All change starts inside of you. It is your ultimate desired destination that will determine your direction and give you the power to take your first step. Now take as much time as you need to complete your first draft of your “Life Plan and Goals For The Next Year Worksheet.” Don’t worry about getting it perfect the first time through, just get out your pencil and start thinking and writing.