GETTING OUT OF THE RUT
by Edric Gaylor, PT, DPT
With the redesign of our company website in 2015, our professional staff decided to initiate a blog dedicated to educating our patients, telling our company’s story, and giving insight to who we are as individuals. I wrote my first blog entry (See: Growth) earlier this year and it came quite easily to me – I was simply sharing my story. It was my first blog post of any kind and I was quite proud of it; I excitedly shared it with my family and friends. A couple of months ago it was drawn to my attention that the time for me to share my next blog on our website was rapidly approaching. I started thinking about a few ideas in the back of my mind, but nothing really seemed to stick. A month away – still nothing jumping out at me. Two weeks away and I’m starting to worry a bit. As I sat down to begin some serious work on this entry, I decided that I would take it back to the basics – telling my story.
LOOKING BACK AT 2016
With the year 2016 drawing to a close, it is easy to reminisce on the events of the past year. Our company has experienced so much change in the past year – from opening clinics in new communities, to adding more employees, to the establishment of health/fitness clubs. As I look back, some of my fondest company memories throughout the past year have involved our quarterly Dynamix “Family Reunions.”
This is a time in which all of our clinics/employees get together for a little fellowship and team building that helps to motivate us as we serve our customers moving forward. Being a social person, I always look forward to seeing faces that I may not have seen in a while and getting to know new people who have joined our team along the way. One experience in particular jumped out at me as I was recapping my year mentally.
We had our second Family Reunion of the year shortly before the opening of our latest new clinic in Greenfield. At this reunion, some motivating words were shared by Alicia Ladd, the mother of one of our co-founders, Heath Ladd. Mrs. Ladd encouraged us to simply take one word and focus on it as we set goals and continued our personal/professional development throughout the year. A few individuals shared their word with the rest of our group and Heath (as he has been known to do) volunteered me to share my word with our team.
My word was “transition.” At the time of this interaction, I was approaching my 30th birthday. As many of us do when we approach those nice round numbers, I felt as though I needed some big event or change to occur as I transitioned to the next phase of my life. In reality, as I continue to reflect on the events of this past year, this couldn’t be further from the truth for me personally. In fact, I feel as though I have been “stuck in a rut” or just “going through the motions.” I have never been one for New Years Resolutions but as I approach 2017, much like my preparation for this blog entry, I feel that I need to take it back to the basics. That begins with two things:
Goal setting is the foundation for deciding what you want to achieve over a period of time. The setting of goals often follows a period of reflection, as I have found myself doing in my preparation for this blog entry. Setting goals is important for a variety of reasons: they help provide clarity for your vision, motivate you to drive forward, provide focus, hold you accountable, and help you to reach your potential. Goals can also help you avoid “the rut” by providing motivation, removing distractions, and using a time frame to help avoid procrastination.
Core values are defined as fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. These values underlie our decision-making processes, interactions, and how we go about accomplishing tasks. Although these values may vary from person to person and company to company, it is essential to have these values established so that goals you have set can be more easily achieved. There is an infinite amount of values that are at one’s disposal, although I am quite partial to the ones established by our leadership team here at Dynamix and feel that they have applications to both my personal and professional life. You can learn more about those here (See: Core Values).
As you have read this entry, I hope that you have found time to reflect on the events of this past year, as well as time to ponder how you plan to attack 2017. If you find yourself “stuck in a rut” as I did in 2016, I encourage you to revisit the anonymous quote “Live less out of habit and more out of intent”. I would like to wish each and every one of you Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year.