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Tip Of The Day-Focus On Your Goals

Challenge

It can be challenging to stay motivated and focused on rehabilitation and rebuilding your life after a stroke. When starting any stroke rehabilitation program think what is it that you want to accomplish at the end of your program and use the following goal setting exercises and tips to formulate your goals.

Solution

After a stroke set goals for any areas in your life you want to focus on such as: family, home, financial, career, spiritual, ethical, physical, health, social, cultural, mental or educational.

Tips to keep you on track:

  • Write down your goals. Include the details.
  • Review your goal every morning.
  • Share your goals with a friend or family member and send weekly updates.
  • Check in with yourself regularly and ask:
  • Is this goal easier or harder than expected?
  • Can you take on more, or do you need to take smaller steps?
  • Overall, are you happy with your progress? If not, figure out why and fix the problem.
  • What are you doing well towards this goal? Keep going.
  • What do you need to do better to achieve this goal? Do better.
  • Are you enjoying this goal, or at least excited about the end result?
  • Reward yourself for achieving short-term goals and passing various stepping-stone and milestones to keep motivated.
  • Are you being honest about your progress towards this goal?
  • If you haven’t been honest with yourself, is this holding you back?

Related Article: Goal Setting for Stroke Rehabilitation

By: Amy McCraken, Stroke-Network.com Staff Writer

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