Goals Are Good!
Having goals can help you manage your arthritis and get you back on track.
If you have arthritis, setting meaningful goals—and making an action plan to achieve them—can help you get back to doing the things you love to do. For you. For your family. And for your friends.
A great way to achieve the meaningful goals you set for yourself is to share them with your doctor. Your doctor can review your goals and recommend steps to take toward achieving them, like exercising more or changing your medications. A treatment plan that incorporates meaningful goals can help you feel better emotionally, as well as physically.
Meaningful goals are those that matter to you in a very personal way. Maybe you want to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for your family. Take your grandchildren to the park. Go on a day trip with your friends. Sign up to walk for an important cause. Or take the lead on a new project at work.
Whatever your goals may be, setting them is always the first step towards reaching them.
Setting SMART Goals
SMART goals are:
A SMART Goal Example:
Not SMART: I want to cook more.
SMART: “I want to cook 3 homemade dinners every week for the next 6 months, so I can cook Thanksgiving dinner for my family this year.”
Why Is This a SMART Goal?
- It says exactly what you want to accomplish
- It has concrete steps that allow you to track your progress; at the end of each milestone, you’ll know how far away you are from reaching your goal
- It’s something you know you can achieve because it’s within reach—you are physically and mentally capable of doing it
- It means a lot to you; achieving it will prove you are the strong, independent person you know you can be
- It has an end date to work toward, with multiple dates as checkpoints along the way
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