Last week we talked a little about setting goals, and it really seemed to strike a chord with a couple of our patients. One college-aged student actually reached out to thank me for writing about it, because it had been something that she had been struggling with. However, another patient, who is retired, told me that it stressed him out a little bit to even think about goal setting! There went my goal of making everyone happy this year! Just kidding, that went out the window on January 1st! (Just ask Dr. Carol!)
While we may all be at different stages in life, I think that it is important to continue to have goals. The goals do not have to be large in scope, but they should be a challenge. They can be as significant as climbing Mount Everest, or as simple as walking for 20 minutes every day. One is an enormous feat and the other is an accomplishment of consistency.
One of my other goals for this year is to establish a morning routine. Much like my reading goal, this one will be all about consistency. You may be asking "Why does anyone need a morning routine?" Let's take a look at two different ways to start your morning... Which person do you think will get you more accomplished in a day? The one who prepared for the day waking up at 5:30 AM, so that they can spend 10 minutes meditating, 20 minutes exercising, and 10 minutes journaling or someone whose alarm goes off at 6:00, then promptly hits the snooze button, then wakes up throws on their clothes, and grabs their coffee as they run out the door? Seems pretty simple to me. So if you see me dragging a little bit in the morning over the next couple of weeks, you are probably safe in assuming that I have been sticking to my routine...
Movement is my medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam