So what is your New Year’s resolution?
I was at the gym this morning and amazed with how crowded it was. For the last several years, I have been going to the same gym and every January there is this surge of activity for all those people making a pledge to exercise more and get into shape for the New Year. As I’m sure we can all relate (myself included), we know how this will end for most - it can be difficult to make a resolution and stick with it.
So what is your resolution and how will you make sure you will accomplish it?
My strategy is to pick something that capitalizes on my natural tendencies and is obtainable by completing multiple small acts. My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to expand my sphere of learning. I have always enjoyed learning about new things in medicine and science. Over the last several years as your Research Institute president, I have enjoyed learning about ideal business practices and the business of healthcare. My resolution is to expand my learning even broader beyond these traditional areas.
I can’t believe I am going to reference a quote from a holiday card*, but here it goes:
You live – You learn
You love – You learn
You lose – You learn
You laugh – You learn
You choose – You learn
You ask – You learn
You live – You learn
I am going to also add one more final pair: You learn – You live. For me, learning adds ‘life’ (fulfillment, excitement, satisfaction) to living.
In addition to adopting this as my New Year’s resolution, I also want to expand this learning attitude to MedStar Health Research Institute. In everything we do, we need to continually be learning (and thus improving) from what we experience. We need to learn from each success and we also need to learn from each failure. With a learning attitude, challenges take on a whole new light because they now become new learning opportunities; it taps into that inner curiosity to understand and improve, and helps melt away frustration or helplessness.
As we start 2014, I challenge you to pick an area that is of personal or professional interest to learn more about and incorporate a learning approach into your daily MedStar activities! I am excited about the potential of unleashing the ‘learner’ in all of us to make MHRI a best-in-class research organization with unparalleled efficiency and SPIRIT (Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Teamwork) values.
I look for to learning from each of you in 2014 and making it the best year yet!
Happy New Year everyone!