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Your Guide on How to Set Personal Goals (and Then Achieve Them!)

Updated: Apr 28

Recovery is far from something to be ashamed about. One in ten Americans have suffered from some kind of substance abuse or behavior at some point. However, when you're suffering,, it's easy to fall into a pattern where you identify with a certain mindset.

One of the best ways to break out of this pattern is to learn how to set personal goals. But setting and achieving goals isn't as easy as it seems. There's a reason why only 9 percent of New Years Resolutions succeed.

This article will walk you through some of the ways you can set achievable goals.

Understand the Importance of Setting Goals

The first step to achieving your personal goals is understanding why it's important to set personal goals in the first place. You might say to yourself, What's the point of personal goals? Things will work themselves out the way they want to, and if I want to do something, I can simply do it.

However, for those suffering from a certain behavior or substance abuse, something in the way you've been living clearly isn't working for you. It was the same way for me.

Setting goals is all about creating a road map based on how you're going to change your life. When you set a goal, you set yourself up to change and open yourself up to new pathways.

The saying knowledge is power doesn't mean much in the abstract. I found that out the hard way. I couldn't get well simply by absorbing information. However, when I applied my knowledge, I gained power over my situation.


Once you become aware of the things you want to improve and you are willing to apply your own knowledge, life will inevitably become much simpler and more joyful.

Figure Out What You Need To Accomplish

Take a look at your life. You might have realized that things are going "wrong" for you. However, setting goals is about figuring out the root of these problems.

When you figure out the goals that you want to address, you then understand what you need to change. You have sharpened your focus.

Tackle your goals in small doses. Rather than setting a huge goal like "beating it", take actionable steps: plan to get certain toxic friends out of your life, and to talk to your loved ones about it.

When you accomplish these tasks, you'll find yourself engaging less with your behavior as time goes on.

Establish Your Own Order

While you need to be rigid with yourself on actually achieving these goals, you can be relaxed on the order you take on your tasks in. Start with the task that seems most achievable to you, and accomplish it first. See where this momentum takes you, and let it carry you into your next task.

Understand How to Set Personal Goals

As you can see, the answer to how to set personal goals is going to be different for every person. Personal goals are personal, after all.

However, when you understand the importance of setting goals, you can better pick goals that you can accomplish. When you identify the root of your difficulties, you make sure your goals are actually achievable. When you let yourself stay flexible in your order, you allow momentum to carry you, and that makes achieving your goals that much easier.

For more information, contact me today. I would love to help you achieve your goals!

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