ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – AN ONLINE RESOURCE
Q: How can I make sure the goals I set are worth achieving?
A: Align them with your values.
ACT makes a distinction between values and goals. Values represent the direction of travel, goals are the signposts we reach along the way. Goals come and go, values stay the same.
Most of us use our goals to measure our progress. We tick them off as we achieve them and then we set new goals which can be ticked off in turn. Goals give us a measuring stick. They are useful, they help us to shape our lives.
Values are more enduring. They underpin our goals but they are not our goals. Problems can arise if our goals are not in line with our values. If we find that reaching our goals is less satisfying than we would have hoped, it may be that they are somehow out of synch with our values. If this is the case we may need to do a spot of realignment. Goals work best when they are in line with our values.
I wrote “REALIGNMENT” to remind me of that.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- Do you think aligning goals and values is important?
- How does it work for you?
- What can you share that might be of help to others?
Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
POEM FOR TODAY
It’s not great to get distracted if we have got a goal,
For each time we fail to act upon a goal will take its toll,
But if we choose a direction, happily it’s always true
We can always make some progress, even baby steps will do.
There’s a case for setting goals, of course there is, they move us on,
We can see when we have reached them, we can see when they have gone,
But a direction is more constant, is more solid, is more sound,
With direction we can always take some time to look around.
And we can ask ourselves the questions that a goal won’t well receive
For it’s not just about achievement, it’s the way that we achieve,
And where a goal will be less bothered by our methodology
A direction’s more demanding, it demands integrity.
And so if we are setting goals and when we meet them we’re surprised
They are less than satisfying, it could be we’ve compromised
On the direction of our travel, which distinctly unimpressed
Says, “Realign goals with direction if you want them to work best.”
© Corinne Shields, 2015
If you enjoyed, “REALIGNMENT” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
And just before you go …..
A final word from ACT …..
There is an excellent article at mindfulnessmuse.com entitled, “How to Translate Values Into Committed Action.” The author, Laura Schenck, MA, reminds us that:
“Once you feel that you have a clear sense of the underlying values that you wish to live by, the next step is to translate those values into committed action. While possessing knowledge of what your values are is essential, it will mean very little at the end of the day if there is no action taken to live by those values. You must begin to make the behavioral choice and commitment to making your values manifest through your actions.”
If you are interested in learning more about setting Values-Based Goals, do visit mindfulnessmuse.com. I shall certainly be returning.
How about YOU?
What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?
Just for today I will ………………………
If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?
I am a student of ACT. I am on a journey. I would love you to join me.
With all good wishes