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Goal-Setting Season My Passion for New Year’s Resolutions
I might be in the minority, but I love New Year’s resolutions! I’m hopelessly addicted to goal setting, going so far as to help other medical practice owners come up with yearly goals. For the past few weeks, I’ve been driving my staff and my husband crazy because I can’t stop discussing my ideas with them. Throughout the years, I’ve tried all manner of methods for creating actionable goals that I can stick to. I hit upon a productive method a few years ago that’s worked well for me. I make all of my goals adhere to an overarching theme. In 2017, that theme was “sharpen the saw.” I’m still trying to come up with a catchy title for this year’s theme, but the general sentiment is that I want to focus on where I can invest 10 percent more energy in aspects of my life to get an exponential return. Rather than focusing on brand-new goals in 2018, I want to ask myself how I can become more effective at the things I already do. Maybe I’ll call it “the power of 10 percent.” For example, I meditate every morning. It helps me clear my head, center myself, and approach each day with the best possible mindset. So, how do I get 10 percent better at meditating? I recently purchased a Muse neurofeedback device, which monitors your brain waves. It works similarly to how a Fitbit monitors your heart rate during exercise. With this device, I’ll be able to tell how effective my meditation is and hopefully increase the value I get out of the time spent meditating. PROFESSIONAL PT PATIENTS, ENTER TO WIN! Review us on Google , refer a friend , or like us on Facebook for a chance to WIN a $25 Gift Card!
Similarly, I want to improve the quality of my media consumption by 10 percent. I am already an avid reader — I usually juggle three books at a time — and I’ve been listening to classical music on WCRB as often as I can. To give myself a 10 percent boost in this area, I’m resolving to listen to some of the massive podcast library sitting on my phone. I subscribe to a wealth of podcasts on topics ranging from business to self-improvement, but I hardly ever listen to them. In 2018, I’m hoping to change that. These goals aren’t anything grandiose like changing the world, but I think that’s part of what makes them doable. They aren’t abstract, and they all add up to one big goal focused on self- betterment. Putting them all under one theme is a big help because it allows all of my resolutions to work hand-in-hand. If you want to adopt this method for your resolutions, I suggest you start by creating a theme that’s meaningful to you. Put it on an index card and leave it in a place where you can’t ignore it — my desk at work, my daily journal, and the bathroom mirror at home are my personal favorites. Once you have a powerful theme, you’ll find that the specific goals create themselves. You may look back in December and rue a couple of small goals you didn’t quite accomplish, but I’m willing to bet you’ll achieve most of them. At year’s end, you’ll be able to reflect on them and celebrate your accomplishments.
Happy New Year! May 2018 be the year you stick to your resolutions. –Dr. Stacey Raybuck Schatz
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