Step 5

Setting my goals

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So you have started to reimagine your life. This is a great start as having hope for a meaningful and contributing life is one of the most important things when a person lives with a mental health condition. It can be difficult and overwhelming trying to achieve all our hopes and dreams at once. It is a good idea to choose the most important ones and focus on them to start with.

Supports for goal setting

Goal setting can be challenging on your own. You can choose to ask others to help you just like you can ask for support when making decisions. Talking with others can often help you focus on what you want and what you don’t want as well as understand what is possible with the NDIS or other supports.

Look at the list of support people you made in your reimagine.today workbook and see if any of them could help you set your goals if you need it. If you don’t have anyone to help you don’t worry. The National Disability Insurance Agency’s Local Area Coordination community partners can help you with goal setting and planning whether you are eligible for NDIS funded supports or not. Your friend, family and other service providers can also assist with this.

If you know what your aspirations are you can get support to set your goals. One of your goals might even be learning how to set goals!

How good are you at goal setting?

Setting goals can be really hard, even if you do not have a mental health condition. Your reimagine.today peers have some aspirations but need help setting some goals. Can you help? Check out this activity.

Looking back at the aspirations you describe in your reimagine.today workbook choose between 1-3 aspirations you would like to focus on. Let’s set some smaller steps and goals to work towards to help you make these aspirations become a reality.

In your reimagine.today workbook write down the aspirations you have chosen. For each aspiration think about the steps (or goals) you need achieve to get there. Put these steps into an order of priority. What comes first? Second? Third? What do you think you could aim to do in six months or even a year.

By putting these activities into order with a timeframe you can think about what you would need to make your goals a reality. This way you can focus on the small parts of the bigger goal one at a time. Before you know it you will have reached your goal!

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