In my recent blog, I explained how I had a lucky break when I broke my neck; here I share how setting an IMPACT Goal for recovery helped.

In this first part, I cover setting the goal and Integrating it with core values.

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Man with broken neck in ambulance from hospital after setting an IMPACT goal for recovery from broken neck

“Mind you head” says it all!

IMPACT Goal for recovery from my broken neck

I faced a long rehabilitation, so set a IMPACT Goal for my recovery.

My goal recovery is simple:

“I recover from my broken neck in the best and fullest way to ensure that it has the least impact on the rest of my life.”

The process of recovery is a marathon rather than a sprint, because recovering from major trauma takes time and is complex.

Ensuring good healing and avoiding set backs requires doing the right things and takes patience.

Notice that the goal is written in the present tense, as is recommended by Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and other goal setting methods.

This helps visualise achieving the goal and so makes it easier to reach.

Acknowledge the current situation – though not in too much detail – to measure progress towards it relative to this.

What I wrote for my current situation on my IMPACT Goal Worksheet was:

“I broke my neck in a body boarding accident. I feel lucky not to be paralysed.”


Once I’d set my goal, I checked that it is integrated with my core values.

Integrating your IMPACT Goal with core values gives momentum towards the goal.

Doing this for long term or challenging goals provides motivation when demotivated or fatigued.

This is because the goal is built on what is most important to you.

In this case, my goal for recovery focuses on the need to be patient with my body.

I was told to “get out of the way of the healing process”.

I’ve never experienced a goal like this before, where being motivated to do the least possible – by resting – and not being frustrated by this, would achieve the best result!

To find out what your core values are, read this blog or attend a workshop.

My core values

My goal is integrated with several of my core values:

Family first:

Prioritising my recovery means that I am putting my family’s needs at the forefront.

This is because it enables me to get back to providing for them quickest and with the least impact in the long term.


Recovering from a broken neck requires patience because of long periods of time not moving.

Being at peace is central to getting through my recovery in the best way, because it helps with patience.


Being imaginative in finding out how best to heal has the potential to produce a better long term outcome.

Also using my imagination to keep me mentally occupied as my body recovered.

Better than before:

Recovery from the accident gave me a forced pause.

An opportunity to take stock of my life, investigate interests and adjust where I am going.

Life long learning

I wanted to learn about my injury and how best to recover from it.

I learnt both about new things (eg anatomy and how the body works so that I could understand what’s important) and enhanced existing interests (eg hypnosis to help manage pain).

It also gave me the time to learn about another galaxy… by watching the Star Wars saga!

Fundamental values

The accident highlighted that there are values that I take for granted – for example health – yet are fundamental to attaining long term goals.

I considered this when first developing the IMPACT Goal setting method, but it wasn’t until I had my health ripped from me that I understood their importance.

Fundamental values – core values that we take for granted – deserve a separate blog.

In my next blog, I will share the Measures (steps, rewards and habits) to achieve recovery.

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