In my recent blog, I explained how I had a lucky break when I broke my neck.

I faced a long recuperation, so set an IMPACT Goal to for my recovery.

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IMPACT Goal example for recovery from a health scare or accident

This is part of the IMPACT Goal worksheet for my recovery from a broken neck

Setting an IMPACT Goal

I thought I would share it with you as an example of how to set an IMPACT Goal to help you get through crisis or major change.

In this first blog, I cover setting the goal.

This is often the easiest part, because most of us have an idea of where we want to get to.

We just don’t know how to get there.

IMPACT Goal example for recovery from an accident

My goal is simple:

“I am recovered from my broken neck in the best and fullest way, so it has the least impact on the rest of my life.”

Keeping the goal simple is important when setting a life goal to get through a crisis.

This is because you are likely to have many demands when dealing with a crisis or major change.

Recuperating is a marathon rather than a sprint, because recovering from major trauma is complex and takes time.

I wanted to do what I could to ensure that I heal properly and don’t have setbacks.

That takes patience and doing the right things.

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

This helps you visualise achieving your goal to make it easier to reach: I am literally visualising that I am recovered.

Acknowledge the current situation

Next, acknowledge the current situation – though not in too much detail – to measure progress towards the goal relative to this.

This is how I described my current situation on my IMPACT Goalsheet:

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

This gives me a starting point from which to pursue my goal.

This enables me to set steps achieve it and to measure progress.

In the next blog in this series, I will explain how I integrated this life goal with my core values to give me the drive to pursue it.

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