Goal-Setting: Connecting our Pros & Cons List with our Thoughts
Do you ever feel like, "I don't think I need to change "? Maybe it's about staying who you are, while shifting some of your habits.
If you're thinking about changing, it can be helpul to think about different obstacles or what might interfere with making this adjustment. Sometimes change is anxiety-provoking. Pros & Cons lists can highlight our level of motivation for altering our behaviors.
Here's an example: "I want to go to two yoga classes per week"
"I will feel accomplished after going to yoga"
"I will feel more relaxed after the class"
"I want to take care of my body"
"I have to get someone to watch the kids if I go"
"I don't know where to start. There are so many different yoga studios"
"It costs a lot, and I don't know if I can attend consistently to make it worthwhile"
Thoughts distracting me from the goal:
"I'm too tired"
"I want to hang out and relax after work "
We can shift this thought by using our "Pros" from our list:
"I might be tired, but I will relaxed after going to yoga."
"I might not want to go to yoga, but I will feel proud of myself for going to yoga"
Which parts can you relate to when making a shift?