Goal setting is not only important in recovery; it’s a life skill that helps everyone achieve a future different from our today.
Dare to dream a little. Where do you want to be in 30 days? 90 days? 6 months? One year? Five years? Be bold in your dreams.
Weed out the dreams that are achievable. Longing to be the next Michael Jordan while five foot nothing is not achievable! Wanting to own a house in two years? Definitely achievable.
A SMART goal is SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, RELEVANT, and TIME BASED.
Using house ownership as an example, we see this goal is:
1. Specific: I want to own a house (in Minneapolis, with two bedrooms, etc.).
2. Measurable: I can develop measurable steps toward owning my house (find employment, save 20% of my income, work on credit repair, etc.).
3. Achievable: I can own a house.
4. Relevant: Owning a house is part of a whole and healthy sober life.
6. Time-Based: I want to own my home in two years.
Breaking down the steps and reviewing the SMART goal regularly, revising as necessary will result in achieivng the goal.
Give it a try!