Goals

Do you set New Year’s resolutions?  New year, new you?

I have decided to stray from the traditional resolutions.   I mean does anyone ever really keep them anyway?  I’m going to exercises more, I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to watch a CE course everyday?

The problem with resolutions is that they are so vague they’re easy to just give up.

Think about it this way.   If you make goals for your patients the same way you make goals for yourself how often would you be able to show progress or even know what to do with your patient.

Patient is going to talk more or patient is going to eat without coughing really isn’t a goal.

Write goals for yourself that are measurable and attainable.

By December 31st, I will have earned 15 CEU’s.  How will I get there?  I will join Medbridge or Speech Pathology.com or both and take ________ courses.   I will take 5 courses on aphasia, 5 courses on dysphagia.  You get the idea.

The beautiful thing is that your goals don’t have to be all work related!  I always set personal goals, work goals and family goals.

Another trend has been to choose a word.  A word that represents your year.   What word would you choose to represent your 2019?

I still haven’t found “the” word.  I will though.  My goal is by the end of January.

Don’t beat yourself up if you stray from your goals or fall off track.  Jump right back on that train.  You wouldn’t let your patient down if they don’t meet the goal exactly as you’ve written it.  Don’t you let yourself down.

My motto for this year is “A better me, a better SLP”.  If I take care of myself and am happy, then my patients will get the best me they can get!

What are some of your goals for this year?

5 thoughts on “Goals

  1. cheryl says:

    Do you have any success stories that you can share regarding dysphagia. A patient that was able to come off a food tube after several years.
    Thank You

    • I’m glad to say I have many. I’ve had people go from NPO to full oral, advance their diets back to regular, etc. Aggressive therapy using actual swallowing as the exercise has been the best thing for my patients. Moving beyond the traditional list of exercises!

  2. cheryl says:

    Thank you. I am going into year 3 with feeding tube. My issue is muscle at base of tongue. Not esophageal. The tongue won’t drop the food. I had base of tongue cancer. Radiation only. Now I have polymyositis which has to do with muscles as well. Appreciate any and all feedback.

    • I have mobile FEES also for almost a year now! It has been a very hilly up and down journey and has been more than frustrating, but has been so worth it getting people to eat again!!

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