Why I Don’t Wait Until January to Start Something Great NEW YEAR, NEW YOU?
What is your New Year’s resolution?
How many of us have already been asked this question more than once? With the new year approaching, resolutions are on everyone’s minds. Most people will make a resolution to eat better or exercise more, and on Jan. 2, gyms everywhere are sure to be packed. U.S. News found that 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Faced with those odds, I can’t help but wonder why we’re still making resolutions at the start of the year. Personally, I don’t put a whole lot of faith in New Year’s resolutions. The way I see it, if there’s something you want to change or achieve, why wait until a certain day on the calendar to get started? There is an appealing symbolism about the fresh start of a new year, but we have 364 other days to start! ourselves to achieve them. “This will be my year!” you might say, as everyone around you also promises to achieve grand goals. Due to the added pressure, when we trip up and fall back into bad habits, we take it really hard. We view a single mistake as total failure, and it discourages us from going forward. This is why I don’t wait until I’m at the Jan. 1 starting line. Goals aren’t about competing against everyone else. I make goals because I want to better myself or my practice, regardless of what everyone else is doing. I think most New Year’s resolutions fail because we put so much pressure on
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This year, one of my ongoing goals involved expanding the work I do with sleep apnea. We’ve seen some great progress in the patients I’ve worked with, and I’m excited to do more. I’ve educated people about this matter, especially parents who didn’t realize kids can suffer from sleep apnea, too. Kids shouldn’t grind their teeth, sleep with their mouths open, or feel groggy after a full night of sleep. I’m happy I can help parents look after their kids’ health. At the office, we’ve been working hard on one of our big, end-of-the-year goals: collecting toys for the Lucas County Children Services. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 , we’re accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys here in the office. Patients are welcome to bring gifts for kids aged 0–18, though this year, they especially need toys for newborns to 4-year-olds. I know, with your help, we can
When I look back at 2017, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. I know I couldn’t have accomplished any of my goals were it not for the trust my patients have shown in me all these years. Many of you have been my patients for almost 30 years. Watching people change and meeting their families has been the ultimate gift. My ongoing goal is to continue to deliver the highest-possible quality of service and care. I wish you all the happiest of holidays and a happy new year. May you and your family be blessed with health and happiness in 2018. – Dr. Stuckey
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