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Day 20: A Goal

This is Day 20 of the Positive 100, a countdown to Rare Disease Day 2014 and an exercise in being positive despite it all.

We all know goals are important, and every self-help guru out there will tell you that to get anywhere you have to know where you are going. That they give you a road map to help you navigate life and decisions.

Sure, goals can give you clarity and help you move forward. But they have to be both specific and attainable. Saying “I want to have a million dollars saved by the end of next year” is most likely unattainable for most people. Or “I am going to cure my CRPS.” Sorry, life doesn’t work like that. No matter how many copies of The Secret sold.

But goals like, “I will start saving regularly to prepare for emergencies” or “I am going to seek out new forms of therapy for my CRPS” are perfect. You can measure your progress. You have set realistic expectations. You have something to work toward.

I am going to write a book

I am not going to set a health goal today, or talk to you about those. Mostly because I am having a rough time with my CRPS lately and it is hard to find a goal that I think is realistic and worthwhile.

I put this goal of mine on paper over the summer when I met Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and all around business woman extraordinaire. I am going to pitch a book this year. I am going to take my struggle with my health and this little project to write a book. I want to share my story, and gosh darn it, it is going to happen.

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