In the final part of our New Year, New You mini-series, we pull together the themes from the week to offer some food for thought for your weekend. To view all posts in this series you can click here
Our mini-series has aimed to offer prompts and ideas to help you set yourself on course for a great 2019 including:
- The importance of taking care of self to take care of others;
- Resilience, Health and Well Being;
- The importance of compassion and kindness to self, team, colleagues and patients;
- The benefits of regular reflection; and
- The opportunity to take time contemplating where you are in your career and what your 2019 journey could look like
So, what will you commit to doing this year? We recommend you step out, be courageous and take a two-fold approach: dream big and start small.
Dream big by believing that you can achieve whatever you want to for yourself. Take ownership of your Personal Agency, believe you can make change happen and get excited about what could be. Then start small by looking at how you can set yourself, and therefore others around you, up for success. Identify 3-4 goals that you are going to focus on and write them down. Sharing them with someone, a family member, a colleague, a friend and asking them to check in regularly with you about how you are getting on, might help keep you on track and stop them being forgotten.
Why not write yourself a letter, dated 1st January 2020, describing all that has happened in 2019, the achievements you have made, the highs and lows and how you overcame them. You could use the following questions to help you think about it. Take a little time to imagine what you will be reflecting on, what has happened, how you got to where you are, who and what has helped and challenged along the way.
- What is important to you in January 2020? What have you achieved? How are you feeling about the past year and the coming year?
- Who has kept you on track? How did you do this together? Did you meet often and what prompts helped you to do that? e.g. one to ones, planned meetings with friends, identifying meaningful milestones for you. Did you find a fun/creative way to do this? A walk, lunch, what made your progress check in’s work?
- How do you know 2019 has been successful for your career? What have has happened, how will you be feeling, what do you notice?
You might also consider the exercise goals that will work for you (ie a half marathon, a local fun run or committing to 10,000 steps a day, 5 days per week).. what is a realistic and stretching goal for you?
Finally, capturing your progress along the way is key. Here are some suggested options:
- Video diary (use your phone)
- SMART objectives – reviewed regularly with a trusted /supportive other
- Regular informal check ins with a partner/trusted other – how are you doing, what is working well, even better if…..
- At the end of the day / week – take time to acknowledge what has worked or note 3 things you are grateful for / pleased about for that day or week.
Remember we all respond differently, some to stretching goals, some to more realistic ones. Think about when you have been successful at following through and delivering on personal goals, what helped you, what hindered you? Devising a plan that works for you, will give the best chance of success.
What one thing will you take forward from this series?
Our thanks to our collaborative writing team this week who have all contributed: Joanne, Jenni, Sharon Hammell and Suzy Aspley for their insights, it’s been a #joy to work with you on this mini-series!