“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”Les Brown
This week at Ironwood, residents and staff have been learning about goal setting, as behavioral staff Sarah, says “Fresh starts, second chances, and new beginnings”. With the New Year that just started, lots of us residents have been working on letting go of the past and starting fresh.
In groups this week, we have talked about the benefits of smart goals and how to achieve them. This creates an environment where people are motivated and always working to reach something in their program. Goal setting is important because if there is nothing to achieve, we can start to feel like there is nothing we can do to help our situation. On the other hand, if we set too many goals or not realistic goals, we can feel burnt out or feel like we are a failure and get disappointed in ourselves.
The practice of setting goals is a good habit to get into. It helps us stay motivated and, from first-hand experience, it makes me feel like I can take on the world. We have learned that goal setting is proven to boost self-confidence and no matter how big or small the goal is, it is always valid.
Goal setting can be very challenging. A lot of residents have advocated for themselves and said they struggle with goal setting. Many of our therapists here have been working with those residents and helping them set goals for themselves, their lives, and their programs. Residents have confided in those therapists and have gained trust with them and themselves throughout this process. Lots of us come with baggage we are ready to let go. What better time is there for this than the new year?
On New Year’s Day we residents and staff watched a movie on how to never give up your dreams and how to reach your goals. In this movie, a man adopted a stubborn shelter dog to be his police K9. He worked day and night practicing with his dog and learned that no matter how hard things got he wouldn’t give up and would persist. When it came time for the test, they passed, and the man and Ruby were happy.
By talking to members of Ironwood’s team, staff and therapists are ready to help us all as families to reach our goals. I hope you have learned about the benefits of goal setting and set some goals yourself to better support your kids and each other.