You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
New Year, New You?
It’s the beginning of a new year! You may be considering a new year’s resolution, if you haven’t already made one. Merriam-Webster defines a New Year’s resolution as “a promise to do something differently in the new year.” Some resolve to change an undesired behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life. The ultimate hope is to live our best life. With or without cancer, we all want to thrive. If you choose to set a New Year’s resolution, here are some suggestions that might help.
1. Set an intention.
2. Choose an area of focus. Decide on one or two long-term goals.
3. Make the goal SMART to increase the chance of success.
Specific –What are you trying to accomplish?
Measurable – How do you know you’re making progress?
Action-oriented – What specific action will you be doing? To increase the chance for success, goals should involve taking a specific behavioral action. An outcome goal such as losing weight is not fully under our control. On the other hand, behavioral goals such as walking thirty minutes, five days a week is something we can control.
Realistic – How doable or attainable is this goal?
Time Bound – What is the timeline or target date?
4. Be accountable.
Find a buddy.
Ask a family, friend, or neighbor to check in and keep you accountable. Better yet, buddies striving to make the same changes often have increased success.
Contract with a health coach.
A health and wellness coach serves as a guide in learning to make sustainable change.
5. Be kind to yourself.
Recognize that you may slip up. Try to allow yourself room to experiment, learn, and grow. You’ll get much more out of it than completing a black and white checklist measuring success or failure.
When life happens, the goal may need to be revised to make it more realistic.
Acknowledge successes and learnings.
Celebrate wins. Reward yourself when you make progress and when you accomplish your goal.
6. Below are some ideas for NET-specific goals.
Learn your NET Intro.
Choose a NET-related topic of interest to you such as nutrition or a specific treatment. Watch related videos from the LACNETS YouTube channel.
Listen to The LACNETS Podcast.
Community & Support
Attend the LACNETS weekly virtual support group.
Request a NETCONNECT mentor.
Find a therapist through a local Cancer Support Community.
Partner with a health and wellness coach.
Awareness & Advocacy
Share a packet of patient and provider resources from the Ask Me About NETs Challenge with your local medical providers.
Read our Spreading NET Awareness blog article.
Bring NET materials such as your NET VITALS, the LACNETS rack cards, and copies of the Healing NET Foundation NET Primer to your NET-related appointments.
Find a champion at your local medical facility who would be open to ensuring NET-related information such as LACNETS rack cards will be displayed or distributed.
Share your story with family, friends, neighbors!
Attend support group meetings to connect and share your story with other NET patients and loved ones.
Volunteer with your local support group.
Fundraise by setting up your own Facebook fundraiser or organizing your own fundraiser.
Whatever your New Year’s resolution may be, we wish you all the best! You’re welcome to share your resolutions in the comment section below.
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Written by Lisa Yen, NP, NBC-HWC
Director of Programs & Outreach, LACNETS