For this week's blog, I want to talk about goal setting.
It is important to do this as it will give me a sense of achievement when I accomplish them, and it means I have plenty to aim towards; if you don't shoot, you won't score. Goal setting is useful, not only for people living with a brain injury but everyone, it's that common thought; if you write something down you are far more likely to achieve it.
Here are the goals I am setting.
- Firstly, getting back to work to as close to full time as I can manage.
- At work socialise more with other sections and make tea.
- Walk to work and back by myself.
- Get the bus by myself to Headway.
- Run a 10k (with Amy, she promised!).
As I am ticking things off I am continually adding more to the list. Every time I achieve a new goal the next seems so much closer. I think this is why the setting of these goals is so important, for everyone, they keep you focused forwards and keep you going.
I now work three mornings a week and walk home from work, I have yet to walk there and back but that is next week's challenge. I cannot wait to increase further and make a contribution, helping out properly again, like a proper member of the team.
Without trying to sound arrogant, but I don't think I'm terrible at my job. I know there are better journalists. But I'm a big believer of personal development, it means a lot to me. I want to be the best I can, whether that is at interaction, writing, or interviewing. I want to be the best, hopefully, my paper, and bosses, will feel the benefit. Work is high in my priority goals list.
I strongly recommended writing them down and physically ticking them off, keep an account of when you complete things on your list. The more things I tick off, the more I feel free to dream about the future and all that is yet to come.
This includes setting up home in Cheltenham with Amy, it's only really just sunk in we are properly living together, like grown ups!
It is our first home, together. We have talked about trying to find somewhere bigger one day, for storing all her crafts, which seem to be expanding, especially now we go to a fortnightly craft evening together. I say together; they serve cake and hot chocolate!
Amy sits there knitting, or sewing, while I stuff my face with chocolate. I would like to point out I am not normally this unhealthy, but my skills lie elsewhere, not knitting, or sewing.
But I want to support Amy; she has done, or given up, so much for me, by moving to Cheltenham to be my carer, and help my recovery. So sitting there in a cafe watching her knit, while I fill myself with chocolate, is not so bad.
Another massive positive, is my medication has been cut back. I was on 450 milligrams of a drug called Phenotoyn, which, like you, I'm sure, I had never heard of. The side effects are strong; fatigue, which does not help my already-rocky memory. But as of today I am off it completely; a big step. This means hopefully fatigue and memory loss won't hold such a grip on me, which gives me great hope for getting back to work full time. For example I have not had to nap this week, or last week, which is great, and makes me happy.
What I love most about this blog is I have documented most of my big steps right here so whenever I need reminding of what I have already achieved, I can just look back through here. I would love to hear your goals and how you set about achieving them.
So now you all know my goals, there's no excuse!
Thanks for reading