When I was contacted by Melanie from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog to write a guest post, I was extremely flattered. But I was even happier to read that she feels, (just like me), that positivity really does make a biggest difference to your wellbeing. It really does and working towards goals (no matter how big or small they are), are a really important way of getting yourself back on track and feeling good.
So I’ll now leave you with a few wise words from Melanie. Feel good kiddies. Love Em xoxo
“Everyone has goals they hope to achieve in their lifetime. Some people are simply more proactive about achieving their goals, while some take the “if it happens, it happens” approach. The good news is that everyone is capable of taking steps in fulfilling their hopes and dreams. For those who have been diagnosed with an illness–such as mesothelioma or other cancers to more acute chronic illnesses like arthritis–having goals and motivation is extremely important. No matter their prognosis, many patients feel an urge to get busy achieving life goals and fulfilling their hopes and dreams.
Personal life goals can be as simple as a new look or wardrobe, or as complex as living abroad for a year. No matter the details, all goals require focus and determination. A good way to gain that focus is to write down those goals, either in a journal, a blog or a “dream or “vision” board. Seeing your goals on paper or online will serve as a constant source of motivation, and will help you keep sight of all you hope to accomplish.
Blogging is a great way to log your goals and achievements. Posting your hopes and dreams online is a way to hold you accountable for fulfilling them. Blogs also offer an enormous source of support from online friends and fellow bloggers. Don’t forget to post the steps you plan to take in achieving your goals, as well as all the small victories you celebrate on the way.
Journals are another way to log your goals, hopes and dreams. Create a journal not only of hopes and dreams, but of practical ways to achieve them. For example, if it’s always been your goal to learn how to play the guitar, begin by looking at your schedule and setting aside time for weekly lessons.
Another great idea is making a “dream board.” A dream board is simply a place to list your goals. You can also post pictures of things you’d like to accomplish or places you’d like to visit. For example, if your goals include visiting Paris and someday owning your own home, your dream board could showcase a picture of the Eiffel Tower and a drawing of your dream home. Dream boards should placed somewhere you’ll see them on a regular basis: like above your desk or bed, or beside your bathroom mirror. Check out the instruction on Oprah’s website for inspiration.
Whichever way you decide to record your goals for the future, be it blogging, writing them in a journal, making a dream board, etc, having that tangible reminder will help you to stay proactive about achieving your hopes and dreams. Don’t forget to celebrate each small victory along the way. This will give you the confidence need to stay motivated on your path to realizing all your hopes and dreams.”
Please visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog and read more.