Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Planning on Paper - guest blogger Melanie

Planning on Paper

If you are in a situation where you find yourself examining your life with a critical eye, you may realize that the dreams that you have been nurturing are laying by the wayside. If you have been dealing with a condition like mesothelioma, you’ll discover that your goals feel scattered and wispy, no matter what your prognosis is. The truth of the matter is that there is no better time than right now to start getting your life and your goals back on track. Bright Eye Counseling states that goal setting gives you a map, something that you can consult as you move forward, and this is a fantastic choice for people who feel a bit lost.

Places to Go
A bucket list is a list of things that you want to do during the course of your life. For example, think for a moment about all the places that you have been and all the places that you would like to travel to or return to. Do you have friends in other countries that are invested in seeing you? Have you ever wanted to see the sun set over the Hagia Sophia or to see Paris in spring? Take a moment to think about how big the world is and how much of it you want to see. Just making a list of all the places that you want to go is a good start for your goal setting.

Things to Do
Think about all the skills that you would love to acquire. For some people, the most important goal that they have in their life is running a marathon. For others, it is building a house. You are not going to step out of your home and instantly be able to do these things; instead, you’ll discover that there are many small tasks that require your attention before you can commit. List these small tasks and you’ll find that by taking them one by one, you can reach your goal sooner than you might think.

Once you have created a list of things that you want to do, you have a document to work with. There is physical evidence in the world of your goals, and there is something attractive about that. You can show the entire world on a blog or you can simply share the list with your closest friends. You never know when you are going to inspire someone or when he or she can help you with your goal.

Even if you are recovering from a serious illness, it is important to look forward rather than back. This is something that can make a huge difference to your mood and the way you look at your life, so give writing down your goals a shot today.

 Melanie is a contributor to Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog and and writes a personal blog Milady Knows. Please go check her out and say hi to her.