DrJoyCoaching Newsletter, vol. 15

January, 2022

Happy New Year, my friends! 

What are your thoughts when you think of the New Year?

Do you set huge audacious goals?  Exercise more, lose weight, stop procrastinating... Sound familiar?   What's on your list? 

New Year's resolutions are fine, but what happens 2 months in, when you fall off the wagon?  Do you feel bad about yourself because you've failed? 

Remember, each day is the beginning of a new year. You can start over any time you want. After that day you don't exercise, do you beat yourself up? When you overeat, do you say, "Well, I might as well have another piece of pie since I've blown my diet already?"

When you think about making YOUR New Year's resolutions, here are some suggestions to set yourself up for success!

1. Make your goals SMART- Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. 

2. Give yourself self-compassion.

If you've overeaten today, what are your negative thoughts? Do you berate yourself, call yourself an idiot, or worse "a fat idiot"? Who would you EVER say that to?! Give yourself a break. You can start the meal plan again right now. And when you miss a day of exercise, it's not all or none. What about going for a 10 minute walk after dinner? Every little bit counts. When you give yourself compassion, you will realize that you are doing your best, and that every day is a new day to start again.

3. Put yourself on your To-Do list. 

As women physicians, we pride ourselves on setting goals, meeting deadlines, and multi-tasking--as parents, physicians, and leaders. But when you put every thing and every one on your to do list, at the expense of your own goals and desires, you are not being true to yourself. 

I want this year to be about YOU. You deserve to take care of yourself, so set those goals that you can attain, set boundaries that honor your time, and your values. Honor yourself. 

And if you need some help with your mindset or goal-setting, please reach out. 

Be well, and don't forget to breathe...

~Bev 


P. S. Please feel free to check out my website www.DrJoyCoaching.net, and follow me on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram (@DrJoyCoaching). Also, if you know another woman physician you think would benefit from coaching, please forward this email to her! 

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