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The Importance of Setting Short Term Goals, Explained

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

More than 20 million Americans struggle with eating disorders every year. Recovering from an eating disorder isn't easy, but it is definitely possible. In fact, most people who seek the right type of eating disorder treatment are likely to fully recover.

Did you know that most of these individuals recover because they have a solid support system and they make small goals for themselves? They live their days one step at a time. They've come to realize that recovery is possible, and they don't have to spend the rest of their lives merely surviving.

Continue reading to learn why you should be setting short-term goals for yourself.

Why Do You Need Short-Term Goals?

We've already discussed why setting personal goals (and achieving them) in your journey to eating disorder recovery is so important. Honestly, setting these goals is a huge deal, but they can set you up for disappointment if you try to put too much pressure on yourself. It's important to consider the type of goal you are going to set for yourself before starting.

Short-term goals are those set with the intention of reaching them in a short period of time. Rather than where you'd like to see yourself in five or ten years, think of where you'd like to see yourself in two days, two weeks, or six months. By setting short-term goals, you get a sense of accomplishment when you reach them.

Why Are They So Important to ED Recovery?

On average, only 9% of people who make New Year resolutions can stick to them. Why? They make the goals too challenging or too life-changing and they expect to be able to change overnight. These changes, however, take time. The same is for ED recovery.

When setting short-term vs long-term goals, you need to remember the bigger picture. One big goal is great, but is it really realistic? It's ideal to break these larger goals into smaller, more reasonable goals to focus on.

Some of the benefits of short-term goals include the following:

  • Having a clearer focus and sense of direction

  • Building self-confidence with a sense of accomplishment

  • Improving your time management skills

  • Getting motivated to reach more goals over time

Short-term goals are more attainable than long-term goals because they help you to set realistic expectations for yourself. Set SMART goals that are Simple, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time-bound, and Relevant. These things will help you avoid procrastination while being able to see the bigger picture.

Short-Term Goal Ideas for ED Recovery

Some ideal short-term goals for eating disorder recovery might look like this:

  • Practicing self-care for at least 30 minutes every day

  • Writing down a mantra to focus on each day (and then repeating it)

  • Removing negative personas from your social media accounts

It can also be something simple, like following a meal plan for two days, journaling about your feelings, or setting aside time to practice mindfulness. Make sure that you start small so that you don't get overwhelmed.

Find Someone to Keep You Accountable

You aren't a label. You aren't your past. And you most definitely aren't alone in this journey!

It's important to surround yourself with people who will support you throughout your recovery. Sometimes it's nice to have some remind you that you are worthy of recovery. A recovery coach can help you stay on top of your goals and feel accomplished when you meet your short-term goals.

Book your free 15-minute discovery call with me today! I can help you figure out which one of my coaching deals is the best for you.

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