Pezzano Mickey & Bornstein January 2019

JAN 2019

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GOAL SETTING FOR A NEW YEAR

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injury to use their time out of work wisely and make plans for when they will be released back into the workforce. Some people are lucky enough to

Just don’t stop moving toward your goal, little by little every day. It sure beats sitting in front of the TV worrying about your future. I can recommend several books which may help motivate you to set goals and reach them:

“The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People,” by Stephen Covey

“The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho

recover and return to their chosen profession. Unfortunately, others must face the reality that their injuries may not permit them to ever return to the same line of work. Those folks must do some deep soul-searching to come up with a different set of goals for their lives. I truly believe in the saying“when God closes a door he opens a window.”Nowmay be the time to start that new business you’ve always dreamed about, or even go back to school for training in a new field. Think about what makes you happy and set your aspirations accordingly. Do you love computer games but don’t see how you could possibly earn a living in that industry? Begin by reading a biography on someone like Steve Jobs to get your mind churning, and sign up for a few online courses. The Khan Academy offers free online courses in every academic or vocational subject you could imagine. Make a list of five short- and long-term goals to move you toward your target. You may need to consider relocating to another state to pursue your new career path. Remember that you are not chained to New Jersey just

Like most people, I find that the turn of the New Year is a good time for personal reflection. Once the hustle and bustle of the holidays comes to an end, you have time to catch your breath and evaluate your short- and long-term goals. I try to set personal goals, such as eating healthier, and family goals, such as scheduling a monthly family fun night. I also set professional goals: This year I am planning on scheduling more speaking engagements. If you would like to achieve a particular goal, it is imperative to write it down. There are numerous psychological studies showing that people who write down their goals and visualize their future success are more likely to reach those goals. It is also helpful to organize your objectives into both short- and long-term plans, with measurable results. For example, it is hardly worth setting a general New Year’s resolution to lose weight unless you set a specific goal of how many pounds you would like to shed each week and commit to follow a set diet and exercise program.

“Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill

“The Five Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence, with Everyday Courage,” by Mel Robbins. “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” by Angela Duckworth “You Are a Bad-Ass. How to Stop DoubtingYour Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life,” by Jen Sincero

We all only get one chance at life. Do not allow yourself to stagnate by becoming mired in self- doubt and fear of failure. Set a goal and go for it, one step at a time. Start now by writing down your goals, and post them on your fridge or desk so that you stay motivated. You can do it!

As a workers’compensation attorney, I encourage clients who are recovering from an

–Lisa Pezzano Mickey

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