Yay, 2017 is among us! 2016 was a little rough to say the least, but I’m glad for the new journey ahead of me this year. Academically, I’ve got it pretty rough facing a combination of anatomy, biochemistry, histology, embryology, and physiology, but this is the joy of medical education! Am I right, haha? I could be a little too excited. 🙂
In this post, I am going to share some of my goals for the upcoming year and give some inspiration to you all as well. I hope to hear about some of you guys’ goals as well in the comments! Have a very happy new year!
- workout more often
- Last year, I was pretty good about working out. I was very consistent and was quite pleased with my results 🙂 However, when school picked back up in the fall I kinda fell off , but I also ran a 5K which I think made up for it haha. This year, my goal is to workout everyday and I want to switch my workout time from the afternoon to the early morning, so stay tuned to see how this works out for me.
- take the stairs
- Anyone who knows me knows that I avoid the stairs at all costs when possible. I always opt for the elevator, but as many of us meddies may know this can be time consuming to wait for the elevator and when you are in the hospital, it is usually reserved for patients. I really want to get in the habit of taking the stairs because when I get back in shape, it would be a much faster and healthier option.
- drink more water
- Water does wonders for your skin, which is helpful when you break out before every exam :(. I also like to drink water when I study because it helps me stay awake whenever I don’t want to drink coffee. Drinking water while you eat helps you to feel full quicker, which can help with overeating and weight loss. I mean, we’re all in healthcare here or bound to be, so we know that water is your best friend!
- get all A’s in my coursework
- This is one of my more loftier goals, but as they say “shoot for the moon and even if you miss you’ll land above the stars”.
- smile at everyone everyday
- Happiness, in my opinion, is very reciprocal. If you give joy, you will feel joy. As a Southerner who was been relocated, I often miss the neighborhood feel of everyone smiling at each other and asking everyone how their day was. In the South, I feel like it’s kind of second nature to be prepared for a conversation with anyone when you go out, but where I live now everyone seems pretty avoidant. 😦 If you’re a fellow Southern Belle, you should totally attest to this in the comments so everyone doesn’t think I’m crazy haha! The Southern proper and hospitality is definitely a thing, and you really don’t actually notice it until you go somewhere else.
- don’t compare myself to others
- Comparison is the thief of joy. Not only that, but hinders you from achieving your own goals because you are so focused on everyone else. Everyone’s journey is different and everyone is going through different things in their life so don’t worry about what the person next to you doing because their on a different journey than you!
- Find mentors
- Seek out mentors in whatever you are interested in, if that be a certain specialty or career. Mentors can only HELP you so find one, someone who has already been where you are going can only direct you on the right path and help you to not repeat the same mistakes they made.
- Set goals weekly/monthly
- Although many people set yearly resolutions, 365 days is a pretty long time to wait to see a goal come true. So set weekly and monthly goals, little tasks and achievements can build up into huge accomplishments and help to keep you motivated throughout the year.
- Seek role models
- Okay, so role models vs. mentors, a role model is usually a big person in your field/career (but doesn’t always have to be) that you aspire to be. For example, say I am interested in neurosurgery, my role model could be Ben Carson, but my mentor could be my neurosurgery director at my school.
- Stay away from negativity
- Ain’t nobody got time for negativity in 2017. Period.
- Meditate/start everyday new
- Letting things from yesterday bother you today is only cheating today of its right to give you a fresh start. Start everyday with a clean slate, let yesterday’s worries be gone and let tomorrow worry for itself. This will help you to be appreciative of each and everyday!
- Reflect daily
- Every night before I go to bed, I always reflect on the day’s events and think about the good and bad things that happen today. This helps me put things into perspective and be more appreciative of that day instead of just letting it go by. When you appreciate the little joys you have in life, you will notice that you have a lot more good days than bad days. When you know you have a lot of good days, when bad days come along they will not bother you as much because you know that it is only a single bad day out of the many good ones you normally have! 🙂
So let me know what you guys think! What are some of your resolutions or goals for the upcoming year? 🙂 Thanks for reading!