Resolve to Make Goals That You’ll Meet – And Exceed

Posted on Mon, Feb 08, 2016
Resolve to Make Goals That You’ll Meet – And Exceed

By Ginger Wirth, RN

Psychologist Warren McLaren is quoted as saying, “Make New Year’s goals. The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”

Yes, it’s that time of year again when nearly 45 percent of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions. However, research shows that only about 8 percent actually succeed in attaining those goals. If you missed the boat on Jan. 1, today marks the Lunar New Year, so you still have time!

While many resolutions are personal in nature – exercise more, eat better, quit smoking – the beginning of the year is a great time to assess how you want to improve professionally as well. As healthcare providers, we’re used to goals, best practices, metrics or other measures that we strive to achieve. It’s interesting to note that according to research, those who set specific goals are 10 times more likely to achieve or exceed those goals. 

The New Year also provides an opportunity to reflect upon the prior year: where we were, what we accomplished and where we ended up. Undoubtedly, there were plenty of lessons learned and many wins to celebrate. One motivator to keep on track with your goals is to celebrate even the smallest of wins related to your objective. Being able to celebrate the “baby steps” is a great way to propel you to the finish line. This can be key for personal, professional, group or individual goals. 

Whether you’re a “resolutionist” who selects a goal(s) to begin focusing on Jan. 1 or one who uses goal setting throughout the year, here are some other tips for success:

  • Make your goals purposeful and meaningful to you or your organization
  • Make sure your goals generate excitement
  • Be able to visualize the outcome
  • Share your goals with others for support
  • Write down your goals and monitor your progress
  • Periodically review your goal and make sure that it’s still appropriate

The New Year - whether is begins Jan. 1, the lunar new year or at annual review time - can be a time to start fresh with a clean slate. It can be a time to reset, recharge and renew. Make the most of 2016 in all aspects of your life.

Ginger Wirth, RN

Ginger Wirth, RN, joined EmCare in 2013 as a Divisional Director of Clinical Services for the Alliance Group. Her goal is to make positive changes in healthcare by helping others focus on quality, excellence, and the overall patient experience. Wirth regards her role as Director of Clinical Services as the ideal opportunity to partner with nursing, physician and facility leaders to make positive changes to the entire patient care experience. Her 20-plus year nursing career has been dedicated to quality and excellence, promoting overall positive outcomes and safety for patients.

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