A resolution is defined as a firm decision to do or NOT to do something. It’s a promise you make to yourself. New Year’s Resolutions, specifically, are open-ended and emphasize a particular path or focus for the year. We might resolve to get our finances in order; volunteer some of our limited time to PCA; get in shape; spend more time with family; travel, among other things.
But do New Year’s Resolutions really work to help us improve? Yes, if they are kept! Unfortunately, studies show that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their New Year’s Resolutions past 30 days and only 8% of people accomplish them.
Within the PCA’s chiropractic community, we can do better! To make a New Year’s Resolution that really lasts, couple it with goals and action items. They don’t have to be big audacious goals, just two or three things.
The best goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Sensitive. It helps to write your goals down, list the action steps, review them often, and celebrate progress. Sharing goals and plans on social media can help maintain accountability too. I’ve seen some creative hashtags associated with resolutions: a friend dedicated to travel encourages others to #useyourpassport, while another friend chose to use #experiencesNOTthings.
Changing your thought process from resolutions to GOALS can help you and PCA accomplish great things in 2020. If your 2020 goals include being a better Doctor of Chiropractic, increasing your professional learning, serving your community, meeting new people- DCs and others, and becoming a more effective leader, make sure to take advantage of all of the opportunities that PCA has to offer our member DCs. Here are a few:
- Consider becoming a PCA Board Director or Alternate Director for your region (West, Central & East).
- We always welcome PCA DCs to participate in our various committees, so if you’re interested in serving on a PCA committee, consider: Annual Convention, Bylaws, Continuing Education, Finance, Insurance, Legislative & Membership.
- Do you have a passion for Advocacy? If yes, make sure you join PCA’s Legislative Committee, so you’re up-to-speed on all things of a legislative and public policy nature. Legislative Committee conference calls are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1pm.
- Haven’t yet joined PCA’s Facebook page? Be in the know about all things chiropractic by connecting with your colleagues via PCA’s social media efforts, especially Facebook.
- Looking to really take your patient education up a notch in 2020? Access PCA’s Patients page on our web site (www.pennchiro.org) for useful and relevant information that you can distribute to your patients.
- Still not sure what the “right fit” is for you in PCA? Simply call or email PCA at 717-232-5762/ firstname.lastname@example.org and speak to any of PCA’s staff about your desire to serve your profession. They’ll match your interests with a PCA committee or working group and you can jump right into the action!