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The 2018 Finish Line #2 The Journey Map

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

In my years of being a nurse manager I have done admission assessments on numerous patients. Part of the admission process is to chart a care map. A care map is a list of diagnoses. A goal is written for each diagnosis and a plan to aid in completing them successfully. Maps are a very important component to our goals. They guide us, give us direction, and just gets us to where we are going. Let's face it.. without maps we could lost.

These first couple of weeks of the new year I have set some new goals, revamped my profile page, and reviewed the previous year's goals. I have been journaling daily ( one of my goals) in my " What I will do to Feel the Way I Want to Feel" journal and planner. It's been a great source of help with reflecting back on previous goals and discover some things that may have caused failures and to map out a plan for successful achievement of the new set goals. I am actually making charts and grafts... Creating a map that will guide me, offer direction, and just get me to where I am going.

Part of my journaling is to reflect on the new goals. Why is it a goal? What is the expectation? Is it my expectation or someone's expectation of me? Is it truly achievable? Or could it be setting me up for failure? Is it the desire of my heart? or am I chasing after it to " keep up with Joneses"? If we set our goals for the wrong reasons and chase after things we really don't want then we are really not driven to commit and we are just wasting time and energy.

The next part of my journaling is to ponder the previous goals and discover and map out behaviors, habits, and attitudes that need to change in order to be successful on this new journey.. I don't mind sharing a few things in my life that I am working on changing for my success and making me feel the way I want to feel. 1. I will stop comparing myself to others. Maybe many of you suffer from this same behavior. Instead of desiring to look or be like that model in the magazine, or the actress, or that " super attractive, fit friend" I should just strive to be a better "me". 2. I need to cut way back on the social media sites. These can be distracting and actually take the focus off meeting the goals. I have set a time limit to 1 hour a day to visit and engage in social media. 3. Set daily priorities by mapping out the tasks that need to be done and determining which are most important to complete that day. 4. I need to kick my spending habit in the butt by asking myself. Do I need it? Will it hurt the monthly budget if I choose to buy it? Can I truly be satisfied without it? This year I want to save- save- save. Everyday this year I will continue to journal. I will continue to let my maps guide, direct, and get me to where I need to go.

At the end of the year I would love to write the blog with list of successfully met goals. I would love to finish the race of 2018 with the map in my hand and make the shout out.." Here I am.. I found my way" This year my focus is "mapping" Creating a care plan of my own. I would love to challenge each of you in designing your own journey map. Make a list of your diagnoses. Chart out the treatment plan. And work on fixing the behaviors, habits, and attitudes that need adjusting to complete the project. My Sparkfriends, Let your map be your encouragement. Let your map be your guide and direction. Follow it closely. Don't get lost on your journey... After all your "Journey Map" will show you the way.

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  • CARTOONB
    Love the idea of keeping a journal exploring your goals. Might have to steal that idea!
    770 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    Most interesting and also a fellow nurse .... (though retired last year) ... You put much thought into
    this and wonderful how you implemented a care plan and goals from your nursing career! emoticon
    772 days ago
  • HEALTHY_4_HIM
    Very awesome blog, leaves me with a lot to think about and consider. Thank you for this, You don't compare to anyone else DeAnna. You are very unique and special.
    773 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    As a nurse myself, I can totally relate to the map idea! Indeed, we need to have a written plan to address the needs of each goal to meet them. That's a life lesson!
    773 days ago
  • no profile photo CD22544916
    Great blog! I am " borrowing" ideas from so many people here, but I have to be cautious with my time. I joined Spark a few years ago and found that I was spending more time reading all the great stories, trying to achieve points for teams, and generally caught up in too much, instead of doing the things necessary to reach my goals.
    " What will I do to feel the way I want to feel" is now my daily question to myself! emoticon
    773 days ago
  • SNOOPYLINKOS
    Great blog. And what a great idea. I am a fellow nurse working with medical fragile children in school. I write goals for them, why not do the same for me? I have diabetes, hypertension and am overweight, each deserves a goal to strive for. Thanks.
    773 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Love the Journal title, even: "What I will do to Feel the Way I Want to Feel".

    I have been gleaning bits and pieces from many blogs, and one of them pointed to an article with the single most important question we should all be asking ourselves every single day, and this fits right in: "What can I do today to help me achieve my goals?" And feeling the way I want to feel has to be one of the most basic goals there is in life!

    Wishing you well on your journey, as I'm working on my own map, too! emoticon
    773 days ago
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