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WORDS TO LIVE BY
How I Plan for the Year
If you’re anything like me, you probably stink at making and keeping New Year’s resolutions. Research conducted by the University of Scranton indicates that only 8 percent of people fulfill their goals, so I know I’m not in the minority. That’s a pretty low number, but it doesn’t surprise me. Most of the time, we jot down a few resolutions as a matter of course, with very little intention to actually act on them. And to be honest, that’s exactly what I did for far too long. It wasn’t until I got away from the concept of resolutions that I began to plan for the year in a meaningful way. A few years ago, I decided to forsake resolutions entirely. Instead, I select a few words every year to guide me, rather than formulating a concrete goal like losing 10 pounds or whatever. I’ve found that choosing abstract concepts over specific tasks keeps my objectives at the forefront of my mind without them becoming chores. I change my words every year and try to apply them in as many ways as possible. Without further ado, here are my personal words for 2019: appreciate, joy, accept , and grace . I want to spend my year appreciating what I have, finding joy in as many ways as possible, accepting that things won’t always be perfect, and dealing with the good and bad with grace. For 2019, I purposefully chose words that represent skills I’m trying to improve this year. I will keep these words top of mind as much as I can and seek ways to embody them throughout the course of the year. To me, that’s a lot more powerful than resolving to show appreciation by saying thanks to 100 people. We apply the same words-of-the-year concept to our work at North County Water & Sports Therapy Center. Last year, we were focused primarily on growth, and I’m proud to say we achieved it. We added Dr. Christopher Talambas to our ranks, and we’ve kept him plenty busy. With the practice growing at a healthy and sustainable rate, we chose three different words to help us navigate 2019. Those words are health, excellence, and results . Obviously, it’s not hard to see how health relates to what we do on a daily basis, but I want to explain the concept in a little more detail. We seek to improve the health
of our patients in every way possible, not just through alleviating pain. Our approach is more comprehensive than you’ll find at most practices. We view our job as treating people, not just their injuries. As such, bolstering overall health is always at the forefront of our minds. We take a similarly holistic approach when it comes to excellence and results. Excellence doesn’t just come in the form of exceptional treatment; it also comes from creating positive interactions and developing real relationships. Of course, results are the ultimate metric of our work, so we always strive to learn about the latest research. If there’s a treatment or piece of equipment that can benefit our patients, it’s our duty to look into it. If you get complacent, you can’t be excellent, and the results will falter. As we kick off 2019, I hope you’ll take a moment to think of a few words to live by this year. I’ve found this method to be an invigorating way to start the year, so much so that I’ll never make another resolution again.
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