Get Back in Control: Goal Setting for Stress Management

L. John Mason

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Sometimes life's major stresses seem insurmountable! Would you like to be able to move beyond these obstacles?

Many people feel the stress of life as if they were “painted into a corner. " They feel trapped or stuck in a life, job, relationship, or situation that is overwhelming and has a “stranglehold" on their health and happiness. In fact, everyone I know has experienced this at some point in their lives. Being a victim to this situation is not ideal for a higher quality of life. There are positive alternatives. You can set your sights on moving in a more positive direction.

Big challenges should not be taken lightly, but alternatives, if not solutions, can be found. For example, you may feel trapped in a job or a career that does not satisfy you. VERY COMMON! You can discover positive career alternatives through skill assessments, interest surveys, or through work with a career coach to help you find a more ideal path. The next thing is big! You must set a goal and then carefully work backward from this goal to your present life to determine the specific steps to follow on your path to your new career. Then you must set a reasonable time table for moving down this path and reaching your goal. Set the GOAL! Then take one step at time until you move along the path to accomplish it.

If you do not know how to do this yourself or you can not stay on your path without support, get an accountability partner to coach you.

Setting goals, following the steps along the path, and then realizing your goal can help to manage the major stressors that may challenge you. This will work for:

your relationships
your career
your education (Continuous Lifelong Learning)
your job
your finances


Do not forget to create balance in your life by also planning:

your health
year emotional growth
your creative or aesthetic needs (art or possibly a walk out in a natural setting)
your intellectual development
your spiritual development
your time with family and friends

Along the way, do not forget to take good care of yourself!

Good Health!

L. John Mason, Ph. D. is the author of the best selling “Guide to Stress Reduction. " Since 1977, he has offered Executive Coaching and Training.

Please visit the Stress Education Center's website at for articles, free ezine signup, and learn about the new telecourses that are available.

Contact us if you feel that you need additional support or an accountability partner (a coach) to assist you in moving in the most positive directions. Call (707) 795-2228 for more information.

If you are looking to promote your training or coaching career, please investigate the Professional Stress Management Training and Certification Program for a secondary source of income or as career path.


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