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Determining your core values can help guide decision making to best support your future mental health, and promote sobriety. Set a dedicated time aside for this activity. Create the environment that best supports your comfort. Music, lights, aromatherapy; set the ambience helpful in remaining grounded and present throughout the activity. Start by taking a deep breath, then ruminate carefully on the following questions, and journal your responses.
What does the word family mean to you?
What qualities do you value within a romantic partnership?
How would you describe the ideal parent?
Inspect your most cherished friendship, what do you appreciate about it?
In what ways do you find meaning within your work?
At an introspective level, can you identify anything within yourself you would like to develop? Self improve?
What recreational activities bring you joy?
What does the word spirituality mean to you?
Can you think of a way to promote positivity within your community/environment?
Can you describe your optimal level of health and wellness? Who is the ideal future you?
Allow yourself as much time as necessary to thoroughly answer each question. Write whatever comes to mind, there are no right or wrong answers. You are composing this for yourself, in efforts to self improve. Visualizing the desired end result will aid in the formation of your SMART goals.
SMART goals were developed by a corporate planning director as a tool to create criteria to help improve the chances of success. When developing your SMART goals, stay mindful of your mission.
Write two short term goals (less than 2 weeks), and two long term goals (greater than 2 weeks) that contribute to the development of the ideal you.
Example short term goal: To achieve my goal of being in leadership, I will update my resume this week, and apply to three jobs next week.
Example long term goal: To achieve my goal of increased cardiovascular endurance, I will run 1 mile outside 25 times over the next 30 days.
Guided Journaling Prompt
Establishing and maintaining an open dialogue within yourself can contribute to increased feelings of self awareness, self reflection, and self discovery. Select a time and set it aside for yourself. State your intention out loud, “My wellbeing is my number one priority.” During take off flight attendants will tell you, “If you’re traveling with child, in the event the cabin loses pressure and masks drop, place your mask on first, then your child’s.” Fill your cup up before pouring out to others. Make yourself comfortable, and place all of your focus on these words, “I couldn’t imagine living without…” Meditate on it. “I couldn’t imagine living without…” Analyze the words. Why couldn’t you live without it? What’s so special about it? Allow time for contemplation, and when ready, put the thoughts into words, and words onto paper (or screen).