Setting yourself goals is an excellent way to overcome pain. I set myself goals every day by listing what I want to achieve the following day. I write it down before I go to sleep to leave my mind free to relax.
Setting goals expresses confidence in your ability to meet your needs. It provides a focus for your energy and establishes priorities. It gives a meaning to ‘life’.
I don’t set myself physical or unachievable goals as that would only frustrate me. If you put too much on your list and too many jobs then it would defeat the whole object of goal setting.
My goals range from a strong desire to complete an article, finish a book, phone a friend I’ve not spoken to for a while, walk a little further and even things like doing the washing and ironing. I know that on the day I do the shopping I could not manage to do washing and ironing as well on that day.
Whatever your goals, they should have a special meaning to you, strong enough to significantly enhance your will to manage and control your pain.
Some people who have chronic pain have lost the will to live, they stop ‘living’. Life becomes neutral and conditional.
Setting goals can prepare you mentally and emotionally to help regain your health and strength to cope with chronic pain.
Goals are quite simple tools to focus your energy in positive directions. They can be changed as your priorities and health change, new ones added and others dropped.