Are you in the 80% of these people? Let us help!
Itâs middle of February. For most, that means the excitement of it being a âNew Yearâ has passed and nearly 80% of people have abandoned their well-intentioned resolutions.
Are you one of them? Fear not, we have a few tips to keep you on the bandwagon the other 11 months of the year.
Whether itâs pursuing a health care training program to become a respiratory therapist or occupational therapy assistant in a matter of months or making a lifestyle change like cutting back on the amount of soda you drink, itâs all about how you approach your goal.
Here are four tips to help make sure you are successful from the get-go!
1. Write down your motivation for setting your goal in the first place
The best way to keep a goal is to constantly remind yourself why you started in the first place.
Identifying the behavior, youâre seeking to change or prize for coming out successful on the other side is a great way to recalibrate your inner compass (GPS) to point due North.
Have you ever heard of a vision board
? Itâs a physical poster-sized board that has photos, phrases and visual representations of what youâd like to accomplish.
Check out a few here: How To Create A Vision Board To Help You Get Exactly What You Want In 2018
2. Set Short-term, achievable goals
While saying youâre never going let soda pass through your lips for the rest of your life sounds impressive, itâs important to develop discipline and a foundation for long-term success through amassing small victories.
Say youâre a current student struggling in a course. Rather than saying youâre going to ace every test the rest of the term, commit to studying and visiting the Learning Resource Center on campus
at least twice a week leading up to your next exam.
3. Share your goals with someone else
According to a recent article
from Thomas Oppong, âThe American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% of completing a goal if you commit to someone. AndÂ if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person youâve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.â
When you make a goal public, others join you on your journey for a positive outcome. Whether itâs reminding you of why you started or asking you how itâs going along the way, having synergy with people who care about you can make all the difference in the world.
Itâs why we always encourage prospective students to bring along a friend or family member when they come to visit campus for the first time
4. Remember, any improvement is progress
Thereâs a good saying, ânever give up on your worse day.â
That means donât let a hiccup be enough to derail your entire action plan. If you had an off-day or didnât fully achieve the result you had in mind, adapt and overcome.
Donât let a little rain shower keep you from dancing in the sun. How many more clichÃ©s can we use in the same paragraph?
You get the idea!
When youâre enrolled in a health care training program that is accelerated, itâs tough to see the forest through the trees sometimes (we just had to slip one more in there). But, together we know that we can be successful.
Itâs why weâve been training Americaâs next generation of health care professionals for more than 60 years!