I’ve never been a huge fan of making New Year’s resolutions. It’s always seemed sort of an unstructured way of attacking something you want to change. However, I’m a big fan of goal setting. Yes, I recognize the obvious overlap, but for the sake of my own internal comfort, I’ll call these New Year’s goals for 2013.
I’m also a big fan of lists having three things. A list of three seems manageable—not too long, not too short. So here goes.
- Teach my daughters to be resilient. Cori and Taylor are my wonderful 12-year-old daughters who are fun, bright, and independent thinkers. My husband, Mike, and I want to help them understand and effectively cope when life doesn’t toss them softballs. I want them to have the confidence to bounce back when they aren’t picked at a tryout, or have to deal with someone difficult, or cope with the loss of a boyfriend. That means giving them space and responsibility to make choices and letting them cope with their decisions that may not always be successful. It’s hard not to save them but to wait and encourage them to try again.
- Take a leadership role in a volunteer activity at my church. I’ve been involved in a number of volunteer activities at Woods Chapel United Methodist but haven’t invested the time in taking on a leadership role. It’s time to commit to this.
- Keep playing volleyball. This sport is in my blood and watching my girls play reminds me of how fun it is to be on the court as part of a team. This means I need to be even more faithful about working out regularly, stretching, and strength training.
- Provide resources to manage infrastructure changes. We are doing a substantial rewrite of our backend IT infrastructure, along with creating new online learning opportunities and enhancements to our Resource Library. Some of the investment in resources will be obvious. Some won’t, but ultimately the work will give us the capability to provide resources and better serve members in ways relevant to them.
- Examine STFM governance structure. I’m a bit of a junkie when it comes to effective leadership and governance, so this one gets me excited. I mentioned in an earlier blog that we’ll be working with the chair of the task force that wrote ASAE’s 7 Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don’t, and I’m looking forward to working with him and an amazing task force to ensure STFM’s governance structure is the most effective it can be.
- Identify strategies for addressing STFM’s workforce development priorities. Our strategic plan states that STFM will promote family medicine workforce development through innovations, curriculum development, and practice redesign in teaching sites. Over the next year, we’ll be looking for opportunities to build on what we are doing and collaborate with others on new activities.
What are your goals for the upcoming year? I hope they involve working with STFM!
I wish you peace and joy this holiday season and throughout the new year.