InMotion Physical Therapy - January 2020

JANUARY 2020

3001 HUNGARY SPRING RD., STE D | RICHMOND, VA 23228

5711 S. LABURNUM AVE. | RICHMOND, VA 23231

804.756.8490

804.447.5355

WWW.INMOTION-PT.COM

WHY I DON’T MAKE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS YEAR-ROUND

What’s your resolution for the new year? Are you trying to eat healthier, exercise more, read every day, or write that novel you’ve been thinking about? Whatever the case, do you have a plan for getting it done? While having goals that you want to accomplish is never a bad thing, I’ve never really taken part in the tradition of creating New Year’s resolutions. I always feel like if I create a goal during that time, it will be too lofty or too ethereal to actually turn into a reality. An alarming statistic about New Year’s resolutions is that 80% of them fail by February. As for why, there are plenty of reasons. For example, the goal itself may have been unclear. Maybe your resolution is to exercise more, but what does that mean? Do you plan on going to the gym five times a week or run a mile every day? Whenever I make a goal for myself, I usually break up my pursuit of that goal into smaller, more manageable steps. I have something that I can accomplish this month, this week, or even today that will get me one step closer to where I need to be. Goals can feel overwhelming, but if you give yourself small tasks to work on every day, they’ll feel a lot easier to reach.

capabilities, such as grow my business by 20%, and I fall short, I try to ask myself if I established the right goal. If I did, what can I do to achieve this goal in the future? If I didn’t, do I need to reevaluate and create a different goal? I don’t wait around for New Year’s to start working toward my goals — it’s an ongoing process. And I never let my goals become my identity. If I fail to achieve something, I’m still me, and I can move past it and on to the next thing. That said, if you have a New Year’s resolution for 2020 that you’re dead set on achieving, I wish you luck. If it’s within your reach and you have the right plan, you can do it. –Tom Bohanon

That said, goals should be realistic to begin with. That doesn’t mean I think you shouldn’t ever push yourself, but I do think there’s definitely wisdom in taking some time to really reflect on what you think you can achieve. If you want to read 50 books in a year (an average of roughly one book per week) but you didn’t read any books the previous year, that’s going to require a serious shift in habits. However, reading just 10 books will still push you, and this goal is definitely more achievable. Of course, even if we thought we made our goals as achievable as possible, we can still come up short. Those moments aren’t a time to be discouraged though — they’re a time to step back and reevaluate. If I’m trying to do something that I think is well within my

• 1 804.756.8490

Published by The Newsletter Pro | www.TheNewsletterPro.com

www.inmotion-pt.com

Made with FlippingBook Learn more on our blog