We are three weeks away from the new year and I am still trying to figure out how to give myself goals that push me forward. I was thinking about this on my way to work this morning and I have ideas on what I want to do, but I don’t know how to move forward. I really think that I want and need to push myself to make changes to how I do my therapy practice and how I maybe still switch from therapy to coaching. It’s still something that I think about often and I think that say something about a desire I have. I think when we continue to think about something, there is something there that we need to explore more.
My goal is to make a lot of small changes that hopefully will add up to a lot of large changes. I often talk to my patients about how important small changes are. When we make small changes and are successful, we feel like we can do more and more and then there is continued movement. As a social worker, we have to have short and long term goals and think about what we are going to do to make those goals happen.
As I sit here and write this, I think about the different ways of creating goals and interventions to meet those goals. This is not how I expected this post to go. I wasn’t thinking that I would be writing about goals and interventions, but I think it’s important to go there when talking about making changes. I love the idea of vision boards and dream wheel circles, as well as resolutions, but you have to take one step further and do more than just have a vision. A vision/visions and a goal/goals are a great starting point, but you need to take it another step further and plan how you are going to work toward those goals.
So step 1 is what is the end goal? Step 2 is what are some small goals I can work on to meet those goals? Step 3 is what are the interventions/steps I can take to reach those goals. I now need to figure out my long term goal, but I need it to be specific and measurable. I have some small ideas, but my work over the next couple of weeks is to get clear on what my long term goal is. I know I want to do something with holistic health, creativity, and mindfulness, but I need some more clarity on what exactly I want to do so I can figure out how I can do it.
So while I wait for Christmas and New Year’s, I plan to do a lot of thinking. Maybe I’ll have some clarity by New Year’s day, or maybe I won’t, but I know that I will stop putting things off due to fear. I want to make a go at truly being my own boss and maybe these last 2 years have been a good stepping stone to that.
How do you reach your goals, dreams, or passions? Do you have short and long term goals with plans to get there or do you just wing it? For me, winging it isn’t working so it’s time to do something else.