In October, we were riding in the car, which at the time was HORRIFICALLY uncomfortable for me because sitting hurt my low back so badly. I was in treatment at the chiropractor and miserable about it. I told Adam that my goal was to get better by my birthday (Dec. 5th) because I didn't want to start year 30 with a hurty back.
He told me I was crazy and that setting a goal like that wasn't smart because I can't control my body and the healing process.
Obviously, I told him I thought that was dumb. But at the time, I didn't have any reasoning behind it. Now, after rehabilitating to the point where I think I'm at about 98% (every now and then I'll feel a little twinge but it's nothing like the 24 hour a day pain I was having for so long), I can say that he was completely and unequivocally wrong.
The body responds when you have a goal and a timeline. My goal was in such a tight timeline that it convinced me to seek out physical therapy and find doctors and a PT that were more in line with my body philosophy, rather than wasting thousands of dollars getting "stretched out" on a chiropractic table. It helped me to get back into my yoga practice and to use it in more of a healing way. I'm no medical professional but I think a lot of pain is your mind's reaction to what the body is feeling. By taking a more proactive approach to the pain and healing, it was much easier to deal with and eventually recover. If I hadn't set my own timeline and goal, I'd probably still be visiting the chiropractor three times a week and feeling miserable.
Even if December 5th had come and gone and I were still having issues, it would have been okay! It's fine to occasionally not meet a goal. The point is to strive for the impossible and to dream big. No offense, husband, but I'm glad that I didn't let you discourage me in this case. Having a positive attitude and my own deadline was precisely what I needed.