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The Power of Goals A s we begin the new year, there’s a lot of talk about New Year’s resolutions. Personally, I’m not a fan of making resolutions. I’d rather start the new year by reflecting on the past and setting goals to make this next year more enjoyable. The reason I prefer goals over resolutions is in the definitions of the words themselves. A resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” A goal is “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.” I think it is more productive to make goals than resolutions because a resolution is the decision to act, while a goal is the reason why you act. Your goal might be to have more energy to play with the grandkids, so you start taking longer walks each day to build up your strength. Put simply, goals are the motivations behind the resolutions. When a resolution gets tough, looking forward to the goal we’ve set for ourselves can help us stick with it. My goal for 2019 is to travel more. For years, my go-to getaway has been the family condo in Hawaii. Don’t get me wrong — Hawaii is beautiful, and I always have a relaxing time. But a friend recently pointed out that I’m stuck in the same vacations. They encouraged me to move out of my comfort zone. So when the opportunity to take a trip to Ireland recently came up, I took it. Now I have plans to visit Ireland in March, and I’m so excited. I’m Irish, and I have always wanted to learn more about my heritage. Furthermore, planning this trip has changed my mindset. If I can go to Ireland, I can travel to other places, too. This one trip could broaden my whole world. As we begin the new year, it’s important for everyone to have things they can look forward to, especially seniors. Goals are an excellent way to keep us motivated to enjoy life. How We Can Enjoy Life More
“Goals are an excellent way to keep us motivated to enjoy life.”
Make a goal to keep in touch with your family by installing Facetime on your phone and scheduling weekly calls. Or try something new this year by taking classes at the senior center. A good goal should be attainable, but it should also put you out of your comfort zone a little and challenge you to experience life a little differently. Our Visiting Angels caregivers can help a lot in this regard. While our caregivers are there to help with household chores and personal care, they also offer a great deal of support and companionship to seniors. This is incredibly beneficial to a senior’s mental and emotional well-being. Plus, it’s easier to keep our goals when we have someone in our life walking beside us who wants to see us succeed. I encourage you to set a goal to enjoy life more. No matter your age, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy life each day.
Happy New Year from all of us at Visiting Angels.
Cindy Saunders, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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