Set­ting of goals and men­tal well-be­ing

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Goals give fo­cus and as­sign­ment to look for­ward to in a way that is cru­cial for men­tal well-be­ing. They give life pur­pose and con­fer feel­ings of hope and op­ti­mism. Whether they are long term or short term, goals make you get up in the morn­ing and push neg­a­tive thoughts aside. Hav­ing goals in our life is good for our wellbeing. They pro­vide us with an op­por­tu­nity to go on a jour­ney, which we can learn from and en­joy. It helps a per­son to ap­pre­ci­ate unique ca­pa­bil­i­ties, gives life a pur­pose and in­creases op­ti­mism. As such, it can re­duce stress and help to re­duce the chances of de­vel­op­ing men­tal ill­ness. Car­ry­ing out goal-re­lated tasks gives a per­son fo­cus and in­creases hap­pi­ness. The link be­tween hope and goal set­ting goes both ways.

Think­ing about and plan­ning your goals in­creases a feel­ing of op­ti­mism that boosts men­tal abil­ity to face the fu­ture. A per­son with hope is able to de­fine goals and plan how to achieve them. Fur­ther­more, hope will help a per­son to work through dif­fi­cul­ties and sur­vive. Stud­ies have shown that set­ting clear achiev­able goals and reach­ing them are pos­i­tively re­lated to men­tal wellbeing. Set­ting and achiev­ing daily goals will in­vari­ably add up to some other ma­jor goal ac­com­plish­ments at the end of the year.

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And it has to be done at the be­gin­ning of the year. By set­ting reg­u­lar, mean­ing­ful goals you po­si­tion your­self to en­counter flow ex­pe­ri­ences where whole con­scious­ness is ab­sorbed with a par­tic­u­lar ac­tiv­ity, thoughts of time and other prim­i­tive needs are for­got­ten. Pos­i­tive psy­chol­o­gists gen­er­ally agree that the more flow ex­pe­ri­ences a per­son has, the hap­pier they are. Goals give us some­thing we can ac­tively get in­volved with, which is an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent to a flow ex­pe­ri­ence. Goals and the flow ex­pe­ri­ence have a good re­la­tion­ship. By set­ting goals we en­hance our chances of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing flow. By ex­pe­ri­enc­ing flow, we are more likely to achieve our goals. How­ever, de­vel­op­men­tal the­o­ries re­lated to goal set­ting and striv­ing sug­gest that there are com­plex re­la­tion­ships be­tween goal­sand well-be­ing. When dis­crep­ancy oc­curs be­tween the ideal goal state and cur­rent re­al­ity, there could be a neg­a­tive ef­fect. How­ever, the dis­crep­ancy can be man­aged through prag­matic goal re­vi­sion so that the neg­a­tive ef­fec­tis re­duced. How­ever, if in­di­vid­u­als do not en­gage in goal re­vi­sion when goal striv­ing is not suc­cess­ful, then they may ex­pe­ri­ence poor men­tal health. Fur­ther­more, dur­ing the process of goal striv­ing, in­di­vid­u­als may ex­pe­ri­ence road­blocks to the goal that are stress­ful, which may be par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent for in­di­vid­u­als who per­ceive the ob­sta­cles as some­thing that can­not be over­come.goals serve as ideal states that in­di­vid­u­als strive to­ward such that the dis­crep­ancy be­tween a goal and cur­rent re­al­ity should ex­pect­edly fur­nish a mo­ti­vat­ing force. In­di­vid­u­als can re­duce this dis­crep­ancy by mod­i­fy­ing the ideal self so that it is more sim­i­lar to the real self in our goal set­ting by re­al­is­ti­cally ap­prais­ing our cir­cum­stances.when a goal can no longer be met, in­di­vid­u­als can re­con­struct the goal, as well as dis­re­gard­ing stim­uli re­lated tothe un­met goal.the fol­low­ing strengths may as­sist in set­ting up goals, such as cu­rios­ity,cre­ativ­ity and love of learn­ing that as­sist in con­sid­er­ing which goals to set, how you are go­ing to achieve them and ways to over­come po­ten­tial dif­fi­cul­ties. Brav­ery can help you reach for those huge goals you have never quite got off the ground. This strength will en­able you to act, in spite of your mis­giv­ings. Per­sis­tence is of enor­mous value that guar­an­tees achieve­ment of goals. Hu­mor­ous at­ti­tudes en­able you to laugh if things go wrong, as you see the lighter side of life.pru­dence can help you set the right goals as you are able to con­sider whether the goal you think you want now is one you will want in the fu­ture. Be­ing authen­tic means you will re­main true to your­self when set­ting your goals. It en­sures that you are do­ing them for your­self and not other peo­ple.

An­other way you can make use of per­sonal strengths when set­ting goals, is to ac­tu­ally set a goal ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing a par­tic­u­lar strength. For in­stance, you might want to work on be­ing kinder and so de­cide to vol­un­teer at an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps other peo­ple, learn a new trade or un­der­take a new course in the univer­sity. What­ever goals you set your­self; en­joy the process and re­flect on how they are ben­e­fit­ing you and oth­ers along the way. This has enor­mous ben­e­fit for our men­tal wellbeing as we nav­i­gate the be­gin­ning of a brand new year. As we en­ter the­new Year with its many chal­lenges, we should also en­deavor to set new goals to con­front these chal­lenges in a way that guar­an­tees and sus­tains our men­tal well-be­ing.

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