Goals = Dreams = Success = Happiness
Goal: Summarized in the phrase “dream with a deadline,” a goal is an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed time frame.
Having goals is such a vital part of of life, I feel! There isn’t much fun waking up every day only to do the same mundane activities that you did yesterday! If you lack drive, motivation and happiness… review your life: think about where you are, where you want to be, and most importantly how you are going to get there. Just because you’re bipolar and feeling a bit manic, hypo-manic or suffering from depression at this very moment… doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have goals… YOU SHOULD!
If you don’t feel like you have a passion in life, why is that? Do you feel unworthy of happiness, success and achievement? Well… guess what… you most certainly deserve the best of all that life has to offer: happiness, success, achievement, and a passion that drives your motivation! If someone is telling you or pushing you in a direction that is not supp0rtive of who you are and want to be… move on! It’s crucial that you find uplifting, supporting and loving individuals that want nothing but the best for you! If you know someone that is crazy, this is a great avenue of support for being bipolar and a great tool for bipolar young adults to use.
When you set goals there are a few things you need to keep in mind: Be SMART about your goals, what does that mean:
- S - Specific: Example – I will keep track of my mood in my mood chart every day for the next 90 days to review with my doctor, so I can reach my optimal level of happiness. You don’t want to say… I will track my mood to review with my doctor… it’s not specific enough.
- M - Measurable: If you can’t manage it, you won’t be able to measure it. You should be able to measure where you’re at within a goal, at any given moment. When you’re able to measure your progress, you stay on track, and reach your goals by the date you set.
- A – Attainable: Once you identify a set of goals that are most important to you specifically, you begin to figure out different ways you can make them come true… attainable. If you can’t convert the goal into a reality, you shouldn’t make it a goal. Half the fun is crossing out the goal once it is achieved! This action has a very profound affect on your conscious and subconscious mind!
- R – Realistic: Be sure to set goals you can attain with some effort! If they are too difficult you’re setting yourself up for failure, but too low sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!
- T – Timely: Set a time frame for the goal: for next month, the next 90 days or in one year. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards. If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action now.
2. In goal setting, have big hopes and dreams:
- I believe too often we underestimate our capabilities. Visualise your dreams actually coming true. Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge. If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavours to live the life which they had imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected.”
3. Write down your goals, become familiar with them and revisit them daily:
- I would first suggest handwriting your goals, then go to your computer and type them out.
- Put them in an area of the house you spend time at every day in the morning and at night for easy review
Not only setting goals but truly dedicating time and effort to accomplish them… will give your life purpose, passion, and meaning (just to name a few)! Once you start to see you can accomplish them, you’ll be excited to accomplish another… and another… and another, and soon start to realize you accomplish anything you set your mind too. These rules apply whether you are or aren’t currently experiencing the bipolar mania, hypo-mania, or depression… this bipolar blog is full of life changing tools will lead you to success!
One of my main and top priority ’goals’ is to help other crazy bipolar individuals by providing support for bipolar in many different forms. If we’re talking about this crazy illness, we’re essentially helping others realize the bipolar symptoms which will only help!