During the first month of January, many of us create goals to help us improve our health, happiness, and well-being. But, if you’re living with HIV, you shouldn’t stop there. Building small and long term goals throughout the year can help improve your behavioral and physical health.
Goals can be anything from getting through the morning without a second cup of coffee to completing a pilates class. But, after you reach your goal, whether it takes 5 minutes or 5 months, you have achieved success. You have accomplished something that you don’t usually do and that’s huge.
So, this new year, here are some reasons why you should start making, and keep making, goals.
Motivation and Inspiration
Any goal, large or small, is the fuel to the fire of inspiration. It gives you the spark to stay motivated. When you make a goal and are determined to reach it, you have something to look forward to.
Improve Self Confidence
Setting goals and reaching them are the way we continue to know that we can do what we set our minds to. Holding yourself accountable for your life can be very empowering, and the more goals you reach, the more confidence you will gather. The more you will believe that you can tackle the next challenge.
Finding Your Joy
Some of us find our passion early on in life, but others have to explore in order to find it. The more you challenge yourself with goals, no matter how large or small, the more insight you will have into what makes you happy, content, and blissful.
Making Sense of Failure
Failure is part of life, but it does not have to be fruitless. By documenting the goals you make, whether on paper, on a blog, or with a therapist, you can reassess your path when you experience failure. The more you do this, the easier you can move forward.
Living Life on Your Terms
Your goals reflect who you are and why you are so unique. The more goals you make and reach, the more control you are taking over your life. For every goal you reach, you are steering your life path.
The best way to start making goals is to write them down. By starting a list, you can assess what is practical, what needs more work, and which of your goals are achievable in the short and long term. Then, you can get to work. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back everytime you cross something off the list. You deserve it!