As therapists, we are always helping people set and meet goals to improve their lives. One thing Imagine Hope prides themselves on is that we are walking our own journeys. That being said each of us has worked on goal setting in our own lives and are walking the walk too. This week we are sharing examples of goals we’ve set and how we achieved them. We hope each of you can relate and even feel inspired to reach your own goals as you read our stories!
Since I was a young girl, I have struggled with bad eating habits. I’ve lost and gained weight more times than I can count. I have done most of the diets out there and even had some of my friends in college joke about me being like Oprah!
I’ve spent thousands of dollars on special food, workout equipment, a personal trainer, and various sizes of clothing as I have “yo-yo’d” with my weight. I know many friends and clients that share this story.
After I had my first child, I decided it was time to take things seriously and stop looking for a quick fix. I had to do the hard work of diet and exercise. As long as I remember, I’ve always made excuses about why I could never be a runner. But it was time I taught myself how to do it.
One day I made up my mind and I started running. After a few weeks I was running a few MILES! I couldn’t believe I was able to do it. I got in the best shape of my life and I was a runner!
Then I had my second child…half way through that pregnancy I decided I wanted to run a 5K to help motivate me to get all of my baby weight off.
Three weeks after I had my second child, I started training and 9 weeks later I ran my first 5K! It felt great.
Even though it was a challenge and took a lot of time, it took me dedicating myself to this goal and not allowing any of my old habits to control my life as they had before. It started with me making a choice to own my goal.
Then I surrounded myself with an encouraging support system and believed in myself. I finally had to choose the hard road to get the results I wanted and it worked! Meeting this goal helped me develop confidence in my abilities and stretched me out of my comfort zone to a place I never imagined I’d be.
Do you set goals that stretch you out of your comfort zone? Do you own the goal? Do you have a support system to help you? As you set goals this year make sure you push through to get over the most difficult parts. the growth and confidence you feel on the other side is worth it!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.