3. Realistic goals – a real strength of the Couch to 5k programme is that it is attainable for average people. If the running regime had been Couch to Marathon, it probably wouldn’t have taken off!
Similarly, it is probably not realistic for everyone to commit to setting up a victim support project in their community or a detached youthwork scheme. For some, it might be possible but for others, this sort of goal will too ambitious and they will be setting themselves up to fail.
Instead, if we want to turn our good intentions to action, we must be realistic.
- Sit down with others and decide what you can do and choose an attainable goal.
- Think about when and how you will achieve this, considering existing responsibilities.
- For example, you might decide to conduct a mapping exercise and find out what anti-slavery charities operate in your area and what volunteer support they would appreciate. You might set yourself the goal of doing this mapping exercise by Christmas and reporting back to your church in January.
A reflection from Claire Walford, Communications Team at The Clewer Initiative