Homework: Positive Strides and Goals




Sometimes it’s difficult for us to picture how far we have come since our stroke and/or aneurysm. I’m visual to put things into perspective. I thought of twelve areas that mean progress to me. Initially it was hard to really say what progress looked like, or areas that I needed to fight for. This exercise allows you to write out all the positive strides you have made or feel good about while listing goals in each area. Feel free to change it around to fit your path. When you are done, take all those positives and place them in the positive section below. Then take all the goals and place them under the goal section. Check-mark each of them off as you accomplish your goal. Remember, it’s not a race to get to that goal. It’s something we strive for and work at. So, the goals shouldn’t be viewed as negative, or make you feel like you aren’t doing well. It can be a long-term goal. Essentially something to live for. When you look at the positives, save it. Look at the list every time you feel down or struggle. It’s a reminder of how far you have come and how much you had to fight. It’s easy to get lost in our own heads about our journey. Seeing it written out, gives a visual that our heads try to make messy. Disclaimer: I’m not a clinician. This is a tool that I developed for myself and hope it helps others. I’m going to post what I wrote down later. 


Energy:  Positive

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Energy: Goal

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“Positive energy evokes more energy, more initiative, and more happiness.” Anonymous

Physical Appearance (feeling good in your own skin): Positive

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Physical Appearance (feeling good in your own skin): Goal

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You’re more than your physical appearance, gender, and relationship status. You’re a soul with a beautiful purpose! - Anonymous

Emotion: Positive

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Emotion: Goal

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” ― Helen Keller

Pain: Positive 

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Pain: Goal

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“Sit with the pain until it passes, and you will be calmer for the next one.” Naval Ravikant


Cognitive: Positive 

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Cognitive: Goal

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“Cognition reigns but does not rule.” ― Paul Valéry


General Accomplishments: Positive

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General Accomplishments: Goal

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“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

John F. Kennedy


Work: Positive

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Work: Goal 

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“No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.”– Jonathan Sacks

Self-Improvement: Positive 

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Self-Improvement: Goal 

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“Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.” Anthony J. D’Angelo

Sleep: Positive 

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Sleep: Goal 

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“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.” – Mindy Kaling

Worries: Positive 

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Worries: Goal 

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“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”  Arthur Somers Roche


Relationships: Positive

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“You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”  Epicurus


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“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee


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Remember, you are strong! 

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