The goal I set was to use my paycheck to buy food and basic needs.
In Step 3 Perspire of the Changeology 90-Day Action Plan you use 4 techniques to carry out your goal:
You reward yourself for having achieved what you set out to.
To do this I bought myself a Revlon lipstick.
You do the healthy opposite of the negative behavior.
To do this I have cut down buying extra things.
Controlling the Environment
“Out of sight out of mind” sums up this approach.
When I wanted to stop wearing jeans to my job all the time I took the jeans and placed them in an out-of-the-way storage rack.
Today it’s easier to achieve my current goal because I’m not shopping in stores.
You ask people to be part of your support team. They can help you stay on track with your goal.
One of my friends and my therapist I talk with every week.
I have the goal of publishing a book about personal finance. I will write in this blog and in the forthcoming book about setting a financial goal like the one I’m executing now.
Living through the pandemic is the perfect time to cut down on spending.
A lot of us are forced to conserve cash because we lost our jobs. For others we’re at the time in our lives where we’re able to shift our focus to a goal like this.
I will be reporting back in the coming weeks how I’m coming along in Step 3.
I’m a big fan of the Changeology 90-day action plan for achieving goals.
Using the 5 steps I have achieved a number of goals:
- Stopped wearing jeans to my job all the time.
- Started wearing makeup more often.
- Cooked my own dinners every week.
The Changeology book website has useful resources and worksheets.
Alas I did not get a response when I submitted a message via the contact form on this website.
Other than this I recommend the 90-day action plan.
Experiencing a plateau can be likened to stirring the sauce for Sunday macaroni supper. It will take time to heat up.
Sometimes engaging in a repetitive act is necessary. It can seem like you are not getting anywhere. What is the purpose of doing the same thing over and over?
It is to get in the groove of a healthy habit. The secret sauce you are simmering is your recovery. It could take years to get to where you want to be.
The Changeology book goal-setting method is a 90-day action plan comprised of 5 Steps:
Committing to executing the plan for 90 days can set in motion a healthy habit that lasts.
In coming blog entries I will talk about a couple goals I set that have stuck.
In fact living through the pandemic has made it easier for me to achieve these goals.
Soon it will be coming up on one year since I first started making these changes.
My own experience with setting these goals might empower you to go after your own goals with gusto.
It can be hard to envision a sunny day coming when you’ve experienced a setback like living through this pandemic.
This is where setting goals can help you.
After things get better there is so much life for you to live. It pays to be future-minded.
I am an optimist. That is why I recovered. I believed that my future would be better.
I have always seen possibility where others see pain.
My recommendation is to get out a notebook and write down a goal you would like to achieve once things return to normal.
Fixing that goal in your conscious mind can empower you in your recovery.
With this purpose for what you want to do visible in print it can motivate you to do what it takes to make healthy choices today.
On the cable TV news the announcer reported that addiction and alcoholism have gone up during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ask yourself: what can you do to bring yourself closer to achieving the goal?
Over and over wherever I’m writing anything I write about goal-setting I champion reading the book:
Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions.
This book I installed on my iPad. It has been instrumental in helping me achieve numerous goals.
In the coming blog entry I want to talk about woodshedding.
It’s a concept whose time has come for a review in light of the setback everyone’s experiencing living through the pandemic.