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Achieve Goals through Action Planning

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~Henry David Thoreau

Once you’ve completed your integrative healthcare plan, it’s time to put it into action. However, you may be thinking to yourself that while your plan looks nice on paper, the thought of accomplishing all of your healthcare goals is overwhelming. Take heart. Your Plan is simply a blueprint – a tool that can be revisited throughout your journey to help you see the big picture.

Action planning is the process of breaking up larger goals into smaller “action plans”. It is an effective strategy for achieving health related goals. Action planning will set you up for small victories throughout your journey, which will help you gain the confidence that YOU are in control of your healthcare journey, this confidence alone – sometimes referred to as self-efficacy – can inspire hope. Never underestimate the power of positive attitude to promote healing, or the impact seemingly small or isolated changes can have on your overall health.

Take a look at the “My Plan” sheet you have completed. Think about the options you’ve listed under each area of health care in your plan as individual goals for healing. The thought of tackling all these goals at the same time is probably (understandably) overwhelming. However, you can set yourself up for success by choosing one or two of the individual goals to address at a time and developing action plans to achieve them.

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