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Having long-term goals is beneficial as you journey through recovery. Goals can help to keep you focused and moving in the right direction. However, at times, long-term goals can feel out of your control. It is essential to create small steps to reach your big goals. If you struggle with addiction, mental health issues, or trauma, you may struggle to make long-term goals and stick with them. Here are a few tips to help you create goals that will propel you towards the life you are working to develop.


Set Realistic Goals


Having high goals and expectations for yourself is a great thing; however, having realistic goals is also important. When your goals are high but attainable, you can continue striving toward and pushing yourself to obtain them. 


Create Meaningful Goals


When the goals you set are meaningful, you are much more likely to stick with them. Try to think about where you want your life to be in five years. What about ten years? Your goals should be intimate and meaningful. They should align with the core of your struggles and the most significant areas in your life. 


Commit to Your Goals


Committing to your goals is vital if you are to accomplish them. If you are in recovery, you will face challenging and stressful times when you may not think about your goals. Make time to devote yourself to your goals, and check in on your progress. No one else will do it for you. It will take strength and willpower to stay focused and keep pushing to accomplish the goals you have placed before yourself. 


Accept Feedback


Accepting feedback can be helpful. We all have aspects of ourselves that can be improved. Take the feedback you receive from people in your support network, evaluate it, and use that feedback to inspire you to work even harder towards your goals. 


You are fully capable of accomplishing the long-term goals that you set for yourself. At times, however, those goals may feel out of reach or unobtainable. Create smaller steps to reach your larger goals, and do not fear asking for help and receiving support. When your goals are realistic, you have the power to reach them. Here at The Guest House, we know how challenging mental health issues can be — often complex and intricate. We can help you better understand your struggles and begin working toward your goals. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.