Goal Setting: A Way To Move Forward
By: Umangi Singh, Brie Darcy & Juanita Nidhindra
It’s easy to lose the sight of the finish line when we can’t even see the starting point. For many of us or our loved ones who have survived a stroke or brain injury, the thought of simply being able to walk or reach full mobility again seems like a fairytale. The idea that we are tasked to go from A to Z is scary, and often this thought plays a part in slowing us down as we reach for success.
However, just like it is easy to lose motivation, it is just that easy to get back on track! This can be done through the process of goal setting. We all have goals. From the most famous athletes and industry leaders, to even us in our everyday lives. Goals serve as a method of sustaining our motivation and allowing us to persevere through the struggles we face. Most of all, goals are the starting place for hope – a concept that is exactly what Moterum is all about and why we are passionate about providing that sense of hope and stability to our clients in their everyday lives.
What is goal setting?
Goal setting is the process of focusing on something we wish to accomplish by creating a plan with checkpoints and timeframes.
It’s important that the goals we make are smart. Not in the sense that each goal must be clever or brilliant, but rather it should be S.M.A.R.T.
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound.
At Moterum, this is a process that we embrace and incorporate into our products. Let’s dive into what each of these concepts means.
We have to be decisive and definite with what we want to achieve. It’s important to create a staircase with our goals where each step serves as stepping stone to our big picture. By forming small and specific goals that we can reach, we feel that we are on the pathway to success, further motivating us to persevere through. Here at Moterum, this is an idea that we strongly believe in. That’s why our Telehealth Digital Therapeutic Platform has personalized Digital Artificial Intelligence Extenders to help formulate treatment plans that are the best for you. We want to create goals that work in a positive direction and specifically align with your personal road to recovery.
Alongside being specific with what we want to gain, we must make sure that the checkpoints we formulate are easily measurable. Each checkpoint should stand as a realistic, quantifiable step of growth which gives you evidence that you’re on the right track. This is why our Moterum iStride Solution™ (with its medical grade gait sensors) incorporates tracking and monitoring features to help collect data that will indicate improvement, effort, and progress. We understand that everyone’s body works at a different pace and we are motivated to encourage that growth in a style that is beneficial for you.
Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “You have to learn to walk before you run”. This saying relates directly to attainability. Attainability refers to the concept of setting goals that are achievable with appropriate effort within a reasonable timeframe. Setting goals that are too challenging or extensive can be demotivating. Consider a person who has taken up jogging as a hobby. An attainable first race goal might be a 1 or 2 mile run. Setting a first race goal for a marathon is less likely to be attainable and could create feelings of failure. The same concept applies in rehabilitation. If you’re just relearning to walk, an initial goal of walking for 5 minutes will be more attainable than an initial goal to walk around your entire neighborhood. At Moterum, we engage in this approach by connecting with our users to arrive at attainable outcomes. Whether through Telehealth features or Remote Patient Monitoring, users stay connected with their clinicians so they can work together to “attain” the end result.
This concept relates to the idea of building goals that are ‘relevant’ for your long-term objectives. If a specific goal doesn’t relate to your broader objectives, it may be time to refocus. Consider an individual who desires to improve their physical fitness. Relevant goals might include increasing their daily step count by a specific amount or walking for a set number of minutes per day. Goals that are not in line with physical fitness would not be relevant for reaching the overall target of becoming more fit. To aid in this process, Moterum’s therapeutic offerings build in tracking of relevant attributes, specific to the task at hand, further providing valuable, focused feedback to reinforce efforts.
Finally, by setting a timeframe for when we want to accomplish our goals, it adds a bit of certainty and pushes us to reach our finish line. This creates an environment in which we are constantly motivated to move forward. Here at Moterum, treatment plans are created keeping in mind the best outcomes through setting a treatment duration and frequency. Our platform allows our users to stay on track and remain committed to their goals, a journey that we are honored to be a part of.
One of the most important aspects of healthy goal setting is to make your goals S.M.A.R.T. Enabling SMART goals can help create a vision for you to follow and a way for you to constantly progress towards what you want to achieve.
We wish you and your loved ones health and wellness!