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Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle www.mn.catholic.org.au
BY LISA SHORT
Setting goals does not have
to be something you wait
until the New Year to do.
However, if you feel that the
New Year is a good time
to explore oppor tunities
and move for ward, don't think of them as
"resolutions". Think of them as goals you
will continue to work towards.
You say that you set "many" goals for
your self. This sounds like hard work !
Hard work requires prepar ation and
planning. Tr y the following to help you feel
motivated and to get you on track:
List all your goals. Pick the top two
you would like to focus on fir st. Choose
goals that are r elatively easy and realistic
to achieve but also ones that have some
impor tance to you.
On separate pieces of paper (one per
goal), write the title of the goal at the top
and under neath, list all the possible steps
you need to take in order to achieve that
goal, or achieve a par ticular stage of that
goal (depending on the complexity of what
you ar e working towards). Assess this list
and decide if any of the steps have become
separ ate goals you need to work on before
moving for ward. If this is the case, develop
a separate list of steps relating to that goal
on another piece of paper.
Once all the steps to success have
been listed, note all the resources you will
need to work towards your goals. Do you
need to purchase anything? Do you need
to speak to par ticular people/ar r ange
meetings? Do you need access to par ticular
paper work, websites, locations?
Review the infor mation you have
listed. This can appear over whelming and
it can be difficult to know where to start.
One way to star t is to consider this : which
particular task can you start or work on
within the nex t 24 hours? Which par ticular
task can you work on over the next week?
Which task can you achieve/work on over
the next month? Go for it!
Review your list regularly and tick
off your progr ess a s you keep going.
Ticking off one task af ter another is an
achievement in itself and you may feel
more motivated to move on to the nex t
step or even goal.
Team Leader, registered
psychologist Tanya Russell, will
address an issue each month.
The advice provided is general
in nature and does not replace
ongoing support and advice
from your health professional.
To talk to someone about
counselling support, P 4979
1172. Email your question to
write to Aurora-CareTalk PO
Box 756 Newcastle 2300.
QThere are so many goals I set for myself at the beginning of every New Year
but I find it difficult to stay on track and achieve them. As a result, I feel
deflated and disheartened. Any tips to keep me focused? Should I give up on
making New Year resolutions?
RESOLVING TO SUCCEED
CatholicCare Social Ser vices Hunter-
Manning is excited to announce the
inaugural CatholicCare Masquer ade Ball,
2014. We invite you to join us on 17 May
at Wests New Lambton for an evening
of enter tainment and delight. The event
will raise much needed funds for Child &
Family Ser vices in the Hunter region.
CatholicCare ha s developed an innovative
progr am for young dads and their kids,
which receives no gover nment funding,
but is providing a much needed ser vice
for young fathers who are raising their
children on their own. The program
provides accommodation and suppor t
for these young families and assists young
dads to raise happy and healthy childr en.
The charity event coincides with National
Families Week (15-21 May) and is a great
way to celebr ate the vital role families play
in our community. Hosted by NBN's Mike
Rabbitt, guests will be char med by the
talents of local magician Joel Howlett and
will enjoy canapés, drinks, a delectable
thr ee cour se meal and the thrill of silent
and live auctions, with proceeds benefiting
CatholicCare's Child & Family Ser vices.
Guests can also dance the night away with
local rock band 'The Year s' playing only
the best hits of the '70s, '80s, '90s and
The Masquer ade Ball is a wonderful
oppor tunity for a mid-year corpor ate
event or get together with friends and
family. Come along and show your
suppor t; sponsor ship and corpor ate
tables are available. Tickets are
$140 each+booking fee and can be
purchased from w ww.stickytickets.com.au
or P 4979 1120 for fur ther details.
Don't forget your mask!
Remember to acknowledge your
success a s you achieve each small step
along the way to achieving your overall
If problems or barriers arise as you
move through your tasks and steps, take
some time to work out if you can solve this
problem. Consider all possible solutions
to the problem, even seemingly silly ones
and work out the most reasonable way
to move for ward. If there is no obvious
solution, move on to another priority or
goal as it can be easy to become stuck on
something, and dwell on a situation which
may not have an immediate solution.
Be patient and kind to your self and
keep working towards your other goals in a
similar way. The road ahead may not be as
smooth as you have listed on your pieces
of paper but setting up a good plan is a
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