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A VISION OF YOUR FUTURE HOW WE ACHIEVE OUR GREATEST GOALS
How can we make New Year’s resolutions we’re able to keep?
became a big obstacle in my life. In 2008, I finally decided enough was enough and started taking swimming lessons. While I won’t be going to the Olympics anytime soon, I’m can now swim and am not afraid of the water anymore. That was when I realized the value of setting personal goals.
Becoming fit and healthy are the most common New Year’s resolutions every year. At the beginning of last year, the number of Google searches about how to get healthy increased 13.77 percent from 2016.
Unfortunately, even though more people were making this resolution, it doesn’t mean more people were achieving their goal. In fact, out of all New Year’s resolutions made, the Statistic Brain Research Institute found only 9.2 percent of people feel like they successfully achieve their goals.
“If we can clearly picture how a goal could improve our life, we can create a plan to achieve it.”
Faced with this information, I know some people might decide to give up on New Year’s resolutions entirely. Personally, I find great value in resolutions because they inspire us to make goals. From my experience, the problem comes with the way we make them. Specifically, we tend to lack personal connection with the resolutions we choose. When I was younger, I would make the same “exercise, lose weight, and eat healthy” New Year’s resolutions. I made these because they were the kind of goals I thought you were supposed to have at New Year’s. Everyone else was doing it, so it must be the right answer. Unfortunately, I never really achieved these goals in a way one would call a major success. None of the resolutions I made seemed to stick. That is, until I promised myself I would learn how to swim.
When we set a goal that speaks to our personal desires, we’re more inclined to work for it. Instead of “I want to be health and get fit,” we should think more along the lines of “I want to lose 15 pounds so I can fit into that special dress for my high school reunion,” or “I will work out every day so I can run a marathon with my son this fall.” If we can clearly picture how a goal could improve our life, we can create a plan to achieve it. This year, to start off on the right foot, Dr. Janice and I hosted a vision board party early this month. I had never made one before, but the idea of creating a collage that matched my goals seemed like it would really help me visualize my aspirations. We threw this party for the women in our lives, inviting our friends and the girls from the office to join us.
The party was a lot of fun, and it certainly helped me visualize what I would like to achieve in 2018. I believe it also helped the other women, especially
Having grown up in Vietnam, swimming lessons weren’t something we did in childhood. We didn’t exactly spend our weekends at the pool. However, after my family moved to California when I was a teenager, not being able to swim
those who hadn’t really made goals yet. Our mother and grandmother are both strong women who have given Janice and I support all our lives. We wanted to do the same for the women we know, supporting them in their goals. What better time to start than New Year’s?
–Dr. Justene Doan
January 2018 Edition
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