“Life is full of challenges — some big, some small — but we can always learn from them,” says Rebecca Hanmer, author of “Challenge accepted” for Wellness Journal magazine. “Setting goals for yourself is a great way to break down barriers and discover what you can really do.” We know that setting goals can be intimidating. That’s why we’re here to help you. We can help you take small steps toward your large goal. After all, Hanmer says, “achievement is good for the soul.”
Is It Really “Adapt or Die?”
Back in the days of cavemen and cavewomen, they had to adapt or die. They had to hunt and fish for food, and if they didn’t they wouldn’t survive. Today’s society isn’t exactly like that, though. We aren’t fighting to the death with a sabretooth tiger. We do, however, have to learn how to adapt in our own ways.
Hierarchy of Needs
Kimberly Wilson, the host of the Stronger Minds podcast, told Hanmer that, “Our survival as a species is based upon our ability to adapt. Setting challenges and testing limits is part of this — we’re driven to self-actualize, which means reach our full potential.” We do this, Wilson says, by making sure we have food, shelter, and safety. Then, we strive for belonging, self-esteem, and respect. Once we have completed these stages of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, we strive for self-actualization. “We’re driven to be the best we can be,” says Wilson. We do this by setting goals. These challenges test ourselves. The more we step out of our comfort zone, the more progress we will make. Of course, we want to do so within our reach and without danger.
Going for the Goal
Wilson explains that small goals are just as effective as larger ones. It’s all about tailoring these goals toward ourselves and our recovery. Then, you can build up into larger and larger goals. But remember: goals are subjective to each person. Try not to compare yourself to others and their goals. They are on a different journey than you. Focus on yourself and your goals. You’ll get there in due time.
Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you reach the goals you set for yourself during your recovery. Call us today at 844-413-2690. We can’t wait to help you today!