The key to setting goals that you can genuinely achieve, is being realistic. If you set a target that you are unlikely to reach, it can be disheartening if you fail. For example, if you suffer chronic pain and are setting yourself a pain related goal, it probably wouldn’t make much sense to say ‘right, I want to get my pain levels down to zero this month’.
As much as we all would like to believe in achieving the impossible, and while optimism plays a huge role, chances are if you’ve been experiencing intense pain for a while, you might want to ask yourself, realistically, how achievable is that goal? You might want to consider rating your pain on a scale of 1-10 and aim to get to half of that in the next few months. If it feels like a 6 today, getting down to a three would still be a remarkable improvement and seems a lot more feasible!
Talk to your doctor about pain management solutions that can help make your goals a reality.