In your life, you wonder what are the points of writing your goals, your aspirations, and your dreams. It makes sense that if you write it down on paper or on your computer, you give them more concrete. They become your “psycho-cybernetic” desires. The book, Psycho-Cybernetics defines the mind-body connection as the core of succeeding in attaining personal goals.

It is essential that you document your progress. When you imagine all you have to do in your recovery, it can be downright frustrating or depressing! In fact, it can be overwhelming. If you imagine that the stroke has touched or smashed your relationships, your work or career, your finances, and your health. This abrupt change catches us by surprise. The strokes did it to me.

It is vital that you can pause. Use this pause to take an overview of your life and what you want to do in your recovery. This can be early in your recovery or down the road like me. It’s been since the strokes hit me in 2010, and continually I am examining how I can impact my current recovery.

It’s so important to assess you are doing, and where you want to be in the future (week, month, or year), and create a plan for how you will go about closing the gap. The gap is created by the present point where you are and where you want to be in the desired goal.

It is crucial that you document your plan and that you check your progress periodically. Maybe you journal your progress or record audio or video of your headway along your schedule. It helps when you can provide evidence along the way.

This practice helps you to stave off discouragement, anxiety, or depression. It means that you still feel these undesirable moods, but the plan allows you to experience the movement of your recovery.

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