Wednesday - Acceptance:
The aim of ACT exercises is:
-to stop avoiding, denying and struggling with inner emotions and uncomfortable thoughts, but instead expect them to return and accept them as appropriate responses to certain, often unavoidable, situations. -to make necessary changes and keep moving towards what is important and enriching in our lives regardless of unavoidable accidents, obstacles or losses in our lives.
Today’s post continues with exercises in how to overcoming your fears, see Russ Harris, 2009, www.actmadesimple.com:
The F.E.A.R. acronym, Fusion, Excessive goal, Avoidance of discomfort Remoteness from values, covers most obstacles that can stop us from living our values and achieving our goals.
The antidote to F.E.A.R. is the 4 components of D.A.R.E.:
D = Defusion
A = Acceptance of discomfort
R = Realistic goals
E = Embracing values
Go through your identified obstacles in the Wednesday-exercises from earlier weeks and think about if you can handle them with help from these 4 strategies.
Last weeks were about defusion, acceptance strategies and realistic goal-setting through a set of questions.
Today’s post is about the importance of Embracing values.
This includes thinking about what matters to you with regard to each of the goals you have set by answering these questions: -Is the goal truly meaningful? -Is the goal aligned with your values? -Is the goal truly important? -Is the goal moving your life forward in the direction you wish to go?
Then, select and write down if and how you would like to adjust your goals.
More about this ACT-exercise next week.
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