What if you could boost your stroke recovery time through the simple process of goal-setting? It would sound too good to be true, right?
Well, goal-setting is about much more than writing things down and hoping for the best. It’s about motivating yourself with a clear vision of exactly what you hope to achieve.
A Different Kind of Goal
There are regular goals, and then there are outcome-oriented goals that instantly motivate you and make things happen faster.
A simple goal could be to regain hand movement after stroke, but that’s too broad. A better goal would include a deadline, like regaining hand movement in 4 months, but that’s still not specific enough.
Enter the outcome-oriented goal, the better way of getting things done.
An example of an outcome-oriented goal could be practicing 30 minutes of MusicGlove hand therapy every day for 2 months so that you can get back to your favorite hobbies, cook for yourself like normal again, and save time and energy.
As you can see, an outcome-oriented goal is much more motivating because you can clearly see the benefits that you’re working towards instead of just the work.
Motivated by Vision
Take some time right now to identify three actions that you’ve been wanting to take towards your stroke recovery but have held back. These could be things you’ve been procrastinating on or things you feel like you should do but for some reason haven’t.
Then for each of these actions write down the following:
- All the pain associated with not taking the action
- All the pleasure gained from procrastinating
- The cost of not taking the action
- What could be gained by taking action
Think about what type of consequences your actions will have on your health, self-esteem, relationships, and independence. Try to write down as much as you can.
Then next to each action, write a reasonable deadline to achieve it by. If it will take longer than 6 months, break the action down into smaller pieces and set an earlier deadline to achieve the first step.
Goals Make Recovery Faster
So now you know the 3-part formula for excellent goal-setting:
- Define the actions that you need to take
- Set deadlines to achieve them by
- Clearly define your desired outcomes and potential consequences
This winning combination will motivate you to start taking the actions that you’ve been avoiding and speed your recovery because, well, action is much more effective than inaction.
Try this exercise for yourself and watch how it makes everything fall into place. You’ll realize where you’ve been stuck and you’ll find a way to get started because of the compelling outcomes that you identified for yourself.
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