We are about a month and a half into 2012 which makes me wonder how many of us have managed to stick to our new year’s resolutions. How many never made a single one? Most make lofty, unattainable resolutions. Still many of us made important ones that we could achieve if we stayed focused. These are goals we honestly desire to make a reality and the only thing holding us back is ourselves. Maybe we are looking to exercise regularly, lose some weight, attend more continuing education webinars, get our CMT, or learn new skills that will better position us in the workforce.
It is definitely not too late to re-affirm the positive resolutions we made. We should also consider tweaking any that were a little off the mark. Maybe going to the gym 6 days a week was too much, but 3 days is reasonable. It is also perfectly okay to ditch those which in hindsight serve no real need. I had written down that I wanted to learn Latin, but looking back I have no clue where that came from. Off the list it goes.
I think we need to have at least one goal that we can achieve this year for: personal growth, professional growth, health, family. You can have other resolutions in other categories but make a core set an absolute priority that you can and must do this year, no ifs ands or buts. They should be doable and, if possible, life altering. It is really easy to motivate yourself to do something which can change your life for the better.
If you are a near graduate, then the RMT is an excellent, achievable, and life-altering goal. Current MTs can decide to avoid the excuses and get their CMT. If you are an MT, then learning medical coding is a great one. This is one that I am doing myself and I am having a lot of fun with. We should all definitely be choosing more continuing education. Students are able to get a lot of these for free through Med-Line. Non-students can attend for a low $10 each.
So hopefully you have so ideas to help you tweak your previous resolutions or at least make some now. What are your core goals for 2012 that will change your life for the better? Are you going to re-commit to them and make them a reality?