physical therapy and rehabilitation January 2018
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MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUT ION ACT ION Observe, Decide, Act I t’s a new year, and for many people that means getting started on New Year’s
resolutions. Personally, I’ve never been the kind of man to make resolutions once a year. I’m an action person. If something needs to get done, my motto is, “There’s no better time than the present.” I don’t want to wait around! Historically, if I learn there’s something I could be doing differently — like a new business strategy, for example — I want to get started yesterday . That said, while I do believe it’s better to get started right away, in the past, some things haven’t been as planned out as I would have liked. Over the years, I’ve come to recognize the importance of planning. When I was all action, I took for granted the benefit of sitting down and really figuring out what I needed to do next. Now, when I see something I want to change or improve, I take the time to plan out a course of action. This is a valuable habit I learned in a seminar. It’s called “Observe, Decide, and Act.” Observe what’s going on, what situation you’re in, and what you want to change about your current situation.
“If you don’t act, nothing will ever change … Action is howwe grow as people.”
step. If you don’t act, nothing will ever change. I’m not saying it’s easy. Acting on anything is always hard work. What’s worse, it never stops. After you act, you have to observe, decide, and act again and again, because we should never stop trying to change in life. Action is how we grow as people. In physical therapy, decision and action is a big part of our work. I know there are many people who can’t work due to physical pain, but they want to. Unhappy with feeling held back by their own body, they’re ready to take action in getting back to a healthy life. In these cases, they are often held back because they don’t know what to do after observing and acknowledging what they want to change about their situation. This is where physical therapists come in. I’m able to help patients decide on the best plan for their future every day and guide them to action so they have the opportunity to fix what can be fixed. Although I don’t like to wait until Jan. 1 to start getting things done, the new year is a great time to identify what needs to be done and plan for how to reach those goals. In 2018, I want to improve the quality of my Flint’s Finest Basketball Club, grow my business, spend time with my family, and lose 20 pounds. It’s a lot to accomplish, but I know what I need to do. With a good plan and the right kind of action, I will get there.
Decide on the best plan to achieve your goals.
Act on that plan.
I hope everyone has a great 2018. May you and your loved ones be blessed with health and happiness.
Most people are really good at observing what they want to change about their lives, and a fair number might even come up with a plan to change things. But few people follow those up with action, and this is the most important
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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