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President's Message: January 2018

Posted By Mary Lewis, PhD, ABPP - OPA President, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Happy New Year! Are you a person who makes resolutions in the new year? Or do you set new goals at any time during the year? While millions of Americans set resolutions, most of those same individuals do not follow through with goals, most having given up by February of that year. Reasons for non-completion of goals include making vague or too-big goals, not being honest about our abilities or limitations, working towards too many goals, comparing ourselves to others in an unrealistic way, or not tracking progress. 

To achieve success with your goals, APA Help Center and other media sources have some concrete suggestions. These include starting small, focusing on one goal, setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based), chart progress, making yourself accountable, and celebrating successes. Having social support and emotional outlets are also helpful for goal-achievement. Psychologists are well-equipped to help individuals of all ages reach their goals, whether set on the New Year or throughout the year. 

While I personally do not make New Year resolutions, preferring to set goals throughout the year, I would like to set some goals as the OPA President this year that I believe will meet the success criteria outlined above. 

  • Align the strategic plan with the new governance model
  • Update the OPA Policies and Procedures manual
  • Create one new revenue source for OPA
  • Nominate at least three psychologists for OPA awards

Additionally, as OPA goes through this transitional year with a new governance structure, I also think it is helpful for the leadership of OPA, as well as the general membership, to step back and broadly reflect on the goals and purpose of OPA within our changing world. Columnist Courtney Martin has written a blog with insightful questions that can guide this discussion and reframe our goals and strategic plan. While the questions are individual-based, I think we can use these to lead our thinking for 2018. 

  • What was one of the moments that OPA most brought you pride in 2017? (My answer to this is fighting off board consolidation!)
  • Who within OPA enriched your life in a big way? 
  • What did OPA resist most effectively? What did we surrender to?
  • What is one question you found yourself asking regarding OPA’s goals over and over in 2017?
  • How can that question lead us to the next steps for OPA?
  • Finally, what about OPA gives you hope for 2018? 

It is easy for all of us to get mired in the details of daily life – grading, billing, analyzing data, commuting, etc. We know if we take a moment each day to step back, breathe, and be mindful about our presence and purpose, it keeps us healthy. As an organization, I hope that stepping back and being mindful about our guiding principles, strategic plan, and purpose in Ohio can keep us focused and healthy in 2018 and beyond. 

May your 2018 bring joy and hope throughout the year!

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