Setting attainable goals during your recovery journey is vital to your overall success in achieving and maintaining sobriety. Interestingly enough, goal-setting is a skill that you can learn and improve upon so that you are more likely to create the life you want to live. Here’s a rundown of how to set goals you can achieve while you’re in recovery.

Be Mindful of Milestones

Milestones are important markers on the path to your ultimate goals. For example, if you would like to get and stay sober, perhaps your first milestone on that journey will be remaining sober for twenty-four hours, and your next will be remaining sober for forty-eight hours. In the beginning, your goals may be very small in terms of duration, and that’s okay. Taking things one day at a time with little baby steps will help you get to where you want to go. Don’t forget to celebrate your milestones – even when they aren’t your final destination.

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

In this environment, “SMART” goals aren’t goals that are the opposite of stupid goals. Instead, “SMART” is an acronym that will help you to set goals that you will be much more likely to reach. SMART goals are goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action-Oriented
  • Realistic, and
  • Time-bound.

When goals are set that follow these guidelines, it is much clearer as to when you have met them. It’s very easy to get discouraged when your goals are vague, unattainable, and not measurable. Let’s take an example of a vague goal:

“I’m going to exercise more this year.”

That’s great and noble, but it doesn’t really specify how one is going to go about making this goal happen. Let’s start by making it more specific.

“I’m going to run more frequently this year, and I will add in some strength training.”

It’s better than the first, as it tells us what we’re going to be doing, but it doesn’t tell us how we’re doing it or how often.

“I will run three times a week and I will lift weights twice a week this year.” – Measurable

“I will join a running club and a gym, and I will work out at the gym twice a week with a trainer and run three times a week with the group this year.” – Action-oriented

“For the next month, I will make it to three running sessions a week with the running club and two sessions a week with my weight trainer.” – time-bound, and depending on the individual’s schedule, realistic.

Why is Goal-Setting During Recovery So Important?

If you haven’t taken the time to lay out your goals, it can be difficult to know what they are – or even when you have or haven’t met them. By setting SMART goals, not only is it easier to see the path you need to take to meet your goals, but it’s also easy to see when you haven’t met your goals and adjust the course that you’re on.

Would you like help setting and meeting your goals while in recovery?

We have a number of programs that can help you to meet your goals and get (and stay) sober. Contact Turning Point Recovery Center today to learn more about our programs and how they can help you in your journey to sobriety.