Ten tips to help physicians set more achievable goals
Most physicians I know see themselves as natural goal setters. And indeed we are, but good goal setters of a particular type – the long-distance goal. We’re expert at the four-year plans well represented by the college to medical school to residency path. We’re about as hot as the rest of humanity at the shorter term aspirations, which is to say not very hot at all.
Because for all the hype, the slick little acronyms, the diaries, daybooks and planners, goal setting and goal achieving are a cross country drive apart – you’ll not make it in a couple of days and you’ll have blown tires or detours somewhere along the way, usually just when you thought things were going swimmingly.
There are all sorts of mnemonics out there to help you achieve your goals. Be SURE for specific, understand what’s involved, realistic, and being enthusiastic. Not for you? How about SMART for specific, measurable, attainable[also action-oriented or achievable], realistic and tangible?
Somehow these don’t cut it if you’re after bigger fish than a better exercise schedule. So, I, humbly, offer the following observations formed from my own school of hard knocks.