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Never Stop Improving
Make 2019 a Year of Learning
Why do people make New Year’s resolutions every year? They never seem to stick. Think about how many people make a resolution to work out regularly. In January, you can’t get a parking spot at the gym, but by February, it’s a ghost town! I don’t think this is a sign that people can’t stick to something or improve themselves. The way I see it, the problem lies with the fact that goals are pretty ineffective. They focus on the finish line, not on what goes into winning the race. Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip “Dilbert” and author of “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” explains this perfectly: “A goal is a specific objective that you either achieve or don’t sometime in the future. A system is something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run.” With a goal or resolution, you are literally failing until you obtain it. But with a system, it’s the action that matters, not the destination. Every day, you have an opportunity to make the system a part of your life. “How to Fail […]” is just one of the excellent self-development books I’ve read over the years. Reading is a big way I aim to keep growing and improving as a person. I am constantly reading books on business, marketing, or self-development. My wife always insists I should “read something fun,” but I enjoy these kinds of books. At the risk of sounding like a nerd, learning is fun! One great resource I’ve discovered to help me find useful books and read more is MentorBox. This is a subscription service that sends you a couple business or self-development books once a month. With each book, you also get a link to watch interviews with the author and hear them discuss the concepts they wrote about. It’s a system designed to help you read and learn more twice as fast. Even if I get a book about a topic that I don’t do a lot of work with, I still read it or
listen to the interview with the author. I’ve learned how important it is to learn as much as you can in life. You never know when you’ll need those skills.
When I first got out of vet school, I was working in a rural clinic doing a lot of house calls. At the time, I hated it. The late nights and 80-hour weeks put me off ever doing house calls again. But 16 years later, I’ve realized that providing house calls would be a great help to my patients and clients. Thanks to my past experience, I was able to jump right into doing house calls again with very little stress, because I already knew what to do. Though resolutions rarely stick, the new year is a good time to look for opportunities to improve ourselves and our world. Even if you don’t have a specific system in mind, I encourage you to make a point to learn something new in 2019. Pick up a hobby, learn how to knit, or read up on social media trends.
–Dr. Derrick Nelson
Treating Your Pets Like Family
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