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Who will you be 1 Year from Now?

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Today on Doc on the Run podcast we’re talking about who you’re going to be one year from now.

Okay, I’m recording this episode right around the start of the New Year, and this time of year everybody starts talking about their goals. Most people talk about where they want to be. What they want to accomplish, where they want to be, but I what I really think you have to think about is who are you going to be. Who are you going to be in one year, because … You know, it’s interesting. I was having a talk this morning with somebody, and we were talking about the way that people change, and adults sometimes change a lot less than kids. Think about this. If you had a kid, you put your kid in kindergarten, would you expect that little girl to be the same girl she is at the end of the year that she was at the beginning of the year? If she was unchanged at the end of kindergarten, you’d change schools, right?

You would never expect your son to go into third grade and come out of third grade without having changed tremendously both physically, socially, athletically, intellectually…in every way. That kid’s going to change a lot in one year. We expect our kids to change a lot all the time. They’re growing, they’re changing, they’re improving, but then we grow up and what do we do? We get a house. We get a job. We have kids. We get locked into a job, and then some of that development stops, right? Now, if you’re a runner that’s probably not true.

You probably have goals that you’re trying to improve on all the time. If you’re a doctor and you have a practice you’re probably trying to improve your practice in the way that you take care of patients through the value that you’ve provided them. You’re probably trying to prove all of that at the same time.

I think it was Jim Rohn who said “Your net worth is never going to exceed your self-worth.” He taught that if you really want to be successful in anything, and that does apply to athletics, it applies to business, it applies to personal development, it applies to everything, but if you want to improve you have to improve who you are. So regardless of your situation, if you’re a doctor and you have a practice and you want to improve, you have to do something different than you did last year. And if you’re sitting there figuring out where your goals should be for this year, if you’re a runner, and you’ve been injured a lot last year, well you better do something different.

I think it was Jim Rohn who said “Your net worth is never going to exceed your self-worth.” He taught that if you really want to be successful in anything, and that does apply to athletics, it applies to business, it applies to personal development, it applies to everything, but if you want to improve you have to improve who you are. So regardless of your situation, if you’re a doctor and you have a practice and you want to improve, you have to do something different than you did last year. And if you’re sitting there figuring out where your goals should be for this year, if you’re a runner, and you’ve been injured a lot last year, well you better do something different.

What sort of dedication do they have? What have they eliminated from their diet? What have they done in terms of really respecting rest and making sleep a priority? What is it that you have to change? What do you have to do to change and be someone different, better, one year from now?

If you’re going to accomplish big goals in one year, you want to do something different in one year, you have to become someone different in one year. Because if you think about it, if you compare yourself to your kids…who improved the most over the last year? Who had the biggest percentage of change the last year? I bet my fourth grader changed more than I did over the last year and I really worked at changing and improving myself.

Now, I may have changed more than as some people, but that doesn’t matter. I’m not in a race with somebody else. I’m in a race with myself, right? I’m trying to become as good as I can be, and trying to improve all the time. So at the beginning of this year, I’m looking at my goals, and I’m saying, “Okay. These are the things I really want to do, so how can I do things differently? How can I take care of patients differently? How can I run differently? How can I train differently? What do I have to change my diet this year, not to be ready for bikini season, but to be able to do 100-mile trail races and not get injured? What do I have to do to run 100 miles and feel like I enjoyed it as opposed to survive it?”

That’s really the whole deal! Not to just figure out what is it that I want to do, what is it that I want to achieve, but who do you have to become? Who are you going to become this year? What are you going to change to become someone who can run as much as you want to run without getting injured? Because if you can figure that out, I think the rest of the stuff is pretty easy. Then it’s just a process. Then it’s you are just figuring out if that’s who I’m going to become, this is where I am now, this is who I want to become, what do I have to do differently to get from where I am to where I want to be? And if you can figure that out the next year is going to be highly successful for you.

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