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ANDERSON DENTAL CARE Nathan Brooks, DDS, Inc.
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WEEKLY DATE NIGHTS AND GUITAR PLAYING HOW TO REACH THOSE GOALS THAT REALLY MATTER
As people all across the globe gear up to ring in the new year, they can’t help but think about goals they might try to reach in the upcoming months. With the strong social media presence nowadays, even those who strongly protest the idea of New Year’s resolutions find themselves joining in on the #NewYearNewMe mindset. Unfortunately, statistics indicate 80 percent of resolutions set in that first week are long forgotten by the end of February. I think those high numbers have to do with the size of people’s resolutions rather than their lack of effort. Many people go the whole year without setting a single goal for themselves, and once New Year’s Eve rolls around, they make these mega-sized goals to remodel the house or lose 200 pounds. Then when they don’t reach these unattainable goals, they lose all confidence in themselves and feel disappointed rather than excited as they head into the new year. I personally love setting goals. It’s an activity that’s near and dear to my heart because it demonstrates progress. In my experience, in order to reach a goal, a person needs to break it down into smaller, more manageable milestones that can be evaluated weekly, monthly, or even quarterly. This last year, I worked on two goals that were particularly special to me. Approximately six months ago, I noticed that I had reached all my objectives at work. Things were going really well, and I was accomplishing all the
tasks I had set for myself earlier in the year. I realized that, as a result of working so hard at the office, I wasn’t spending enough time with my kids. I thought to myself, “I’m good at goal setting. Why don’t I just set one to spend more time with my children?” Initially, I wasn’t sure how to reach this overarching goal, so I broke it down and started by scheduling weekly one-on-one dates with each of my kids.
in recent years. Similar to my date night goal, I decided to accomplish this one by setting up the objective to play and sing a song to my kids before bed four times a week. I even put them in charge of reminding me. Let me tell you, kids are great for accountability! Even though I’ve already accomplished both of these more personal goals, I know I will continue to make them a part of my weekly planning session. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of life; sometimes, we all have to be intentional about what is most important. So, as you starting making a list of resolutions for 2019, I encourage you to consider the ways you might break them down into smaller pieces that allow you to evaluate your progress each week or month. By re-evaluating your goals more often, you no longer have to feel guilty just because you didn’t make it to the gym, learn a new language, join a book club, or travel the world by March. You can re-evaluate, start over, and work toward what matters. Happy 2019!
I began by putting a small box up in the corner of my planner, and I placed a check there if I had the date. The actual event might vary; for example, one night, my daughter and I shared mac and cheese at Panera. The date is rewarding and special each time because I get to show them how much I love spending time with them. I made another goal around the same time to play the guitar more. I used to love to sing and play, but I hadn’t been making the time for it sometimes, we all have to be intentional about what is most important.” “It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of life;
– Dr. Brooks
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