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I’m a married 31 year-old who has been diagnosed with fibromylagia for 12 years. I am on a quest to raise awareness and help others by sharing information and staying positive. Read more
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Set Goals & Create Dreams

Do you have a bucket list, a list of goals or a dream/vision board? I think that for those of us living with fibromyalgia (or other chronic illnesses) they can be a great way to stay excited about the future. They can also help pull us out of a dreary mindset when we’re struggling.

When I was in college one of my teachers had us do a goal project. We had to come up with 50 goals within the following categories: job/career, physical/health, family/relationship, cultural/educational, community/political, financial/material, spiritual/humanitarian, miscellaneous and travel. We then had to use pictures and words to illustrate those goals and fill a binder. I’ve shared a few of those pages with you below, but you can also see my full list of goals. To set yourself up for success when setting goals, try to make them positive, realistic, measurable and specific. Sometimes it helps to break up larger goals into smaller ones that are stepping stones.

My goal project is fun to look through, especially since the pages are filled with images that appeal to me. It helps me refocus where I’m heading. After college, when I was cleaning out my childhood room, I came across a list of 50 goals that a high school teacher had me make.  I now keep that list inside my goal project. Even though I’d forgotten about that  list, it is neat to see which goals I’ve since accomplished.

I’ll leave you with three related quotes from my Inspirational Quotes page:

  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Keep up your hopes, hold onto your dreams and one day you might accomplish all those things.”*
  • “It’s never to late in life to begin the journey back to your dreams . NOW is the time!” @ShiftYourLife

Do you keep track of your dreams and goals?

goal pages

3 of my goals: do volunteer work, give money to fibromyalgia research & go on a hot air balloon ride.



Comments

Comment from Selena
Time October 30, 2011 at 5:08 am

Wow, what a great idea. I think I might take this on as a project for myself. My only hesitation is that sometimes dreaming about the things I want to do and then matching the requirements to do them with my current abilities sometimes leaves me realizing that I can’t achieve some things right now. I’ll have to remember your advice to “set myself up for success” and pick out 50 goals that I can do now.
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

For me, if I think of a goal that seems like it might be unrealistic to achieve for health reasons I think of what other goals I can set that if I achieve those goals it will help me to be able to achieve the original goal. For example, if I wanted to exercise 5 days a week for an hour I’d set a goal to exercise 3 days a week for 30 minutes. Then after achieving that, set a goal for 5 days a week for 30 min. Then after achieving that, set a goal for 5 days a week for an hour (or maybe even steps between those).

So, it’s not about that I can’t set the original goal because it isn’t realistic, it is about how can I make that goal realistic – how I can conquer it! By thinking of it as a challenge I think it helps me stay focused on the end result and not get too bogged down by feelings of sadness. Good luck in your goal creating!

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