Not is Not a Goal: Learning to Look Forward 

Setting Goals

Starting a goal with the phrase “my goal is to not…” is NOT a goal. It’s only stating what you want to avoid from your past. Again, we are about adding all the good and positive we can in your life.

  • Instead, try ” I will…” Make a statement of what you are going to do or will do today!
  • Stay away from the shoulds.
  • Keep it simple.
  • What ARE you going to do???
  • It’s good to learn from the past but that does not mean focusing your efforts on just trying to avoid past habits. Look forward and create new habits that push you forward toward what you are becoming!


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