I often met people who tell me they want to get healthier or feel better. When I ask them, how will they know if they are healthier? Or how will they know when they are feeling better? I am often greeted by a blank stare.
Sometimes, improvements happen slowly and can then be hard to see or even quantify. That is why it’s important to have multiple outcomes and measurements to see how you’ve improved. It’s also why we do regular progress exams at the office, to see if you’re on target to reach your goals.
So whether you want to get healthier, fitter, feel more confident, or speaking up more, decide what you want your outcome to be. How will speaking up more be measured? Will it be when you can say No to someone instead of saying yes? Perhaps it's talking to the person who’s been bothering your for a while.
What if your goal was to get over your fear of public speaking. What could be outcomes along the way? Maybe you do a talk in front of 3 people or join toastmasters and attend the meetings. Other goals could be making a speech at a friends wedding or even asking a question in class. No matter your goal, remember to check in with yourself periodically to see if you are on track towards your goals.
Here are some questions to ask when you are tracking something
Whenever you are about to start something new, ask yourself what your outcomes are.
If there is a result that you wish to achieve in care or if you need help coming up with outcomes, let me know the next time you’re in.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.