One Piece at a Time with Fibromyalgia

One Piece at a Time with Fibromyalgia
Christine Tender Points Merriam-Webster defines an “expectation” as a strong belief that something will happen in the future, namely, a goal. Psychology Today defines a “goal” as an observable and measurable end result that you intend to achieve or accomplish. For most people, having positive expectations can contribute to good health. According to the Mayo Clinic, the results of doing so can be quite dramatic: They include an increased lifespan, lowered rates of depression, and strengthened cardiac and immune systems. I was one of the most goal-oriented people on the planet after attending an eight-week, corporate-sponsored course in 1992 created by Brian Tracy called "The Psychology of Achievement." Every day, I wrote down my goals as Tracy recommended, making certain they were desirable, measurable, and attainable. I condensed my three most important goals into positive, present tense "I" statements, (such as, "I finish my monthly report prior to Friday's deadline"), wrote each of them on 3x5 cards, and taped them to my bathroom mirror. I read them out loud frequently and saw results quickly an
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