Readiness: New Year Resolutions
INSIGHTS FROM OUR CEO
Are you thinking about diving into some New Year’s goals for 2024? Well, you’re not alone. Striving toward and successfully reaching goals have long been considered essential aspects of human well-being (Oscarsson et al., 2020). Over half of us are resolution-makers, but only half of those folks are actually successful in their resolutions. So, this year, we are examining the psychological strategies that can help us see our goals come to fruition. We’re throwing it back to Psych 101 with the Transtheoretical Model of Change, a fancy term for the stages of getting stuff done: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance.
Before you map out your game plan, consider where, when, and how your goals will be achieved. At the same time, reflect upon why you want to achieve the desired change. Next decide if you’re going for an Approach-Oriented goal, for example, “I’m gonna crush that 5-mile run every week.” Or, are you going for an Avoidance-Oriented goal, for example, maybe you’re waving goodbye to unhealthy habits. The stats say you’re more likely to win with the Approach-Oriented goal (Oscarsson et al., 2020). Now, when the action phase hits (usually a few weeks into January), turn your desire into a reality. It’s not just about wanting it, it’s about doing it. Research tells us that the desire to change alone is not a predictor of success. Thus we must take action and maintain. Some more predictors of successful outcomes include self-efficacy of change, self-efficacy of maintenance, and readiness to change (Norcross, 2002). In other words, keep believing that you can change and keep believing that you can maintain the path you are on. Most importantly, be ready to embrace the journey you are undergoing. Stay away from wishful thinking, self-blame, and threat minimization. Successful resolvers use self-liberation, stimulus control, reinforcement management, positive thinking, and avoidance strategies to keep their resolutions (Norcross, 2002). Lastly, don’t play the lone wolf – share your goals. Turns out, even a bit of support goes a long way. Cheers to a year of goal-crushing!
Elizabeth Morris, M.A.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Phone: 336-761-0764 ext. 1011
Agency Spotlight: Law Enforcement Officers of America
In our January Agency Spotlight, we’re extending our gratitude to all safety-sensitive employers and employees for their unwavering dedication and hard work. Your commitment and sacrifices day in and day out do not go unnoticed. We appreciate and acknowledge the resilience and courage you exhibit in the line of duty to make our communities safe. Thank you for trusting us to serve you, as we trust you to serve and protect us. Here’s to a year filled with successful endeavors, continued collaboration, and the unwavering commitment that defines our law enforcement agencies and safety-sensitive professionals!
Be Featured on our Platforms
Your content deserves the spotlight, and we’re eager to share your impactful initiatives on our social media pages and through our newsletter. As you know, we live in a digital world, and our agencies and businesses are evolving. It is now and always will be a mission of ours to highlight the good aspects of the law enforcement profession. Whether it’s a community event, a success story, or a glimpse into your day-to-day operations, we want to amplify your voice. Share your triumphs with us. Together, we can inspire, connect, and celebrate the strength of our law enforcement community.
Be on the Lookout:
FMRT is bringing you a podcast. We know that you love hearing from us just as much as we love hearing from you. Join us in our upcoming endeavor as we start our very own podcast. We hope you’ll tune in and participate in our discussions centered around public safety, psychology, and much more. Be on the lookout for where and when to listen!
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Through the End of the Month
- FMRT Closed
- NCACP Conference in Cherokee, NC
- SCSA 2024 Winter Conference in Columbia, SC
- FMRT’s first podcast goes live!
This month we’re also happy to welcome our newest intern Maddison from High Point University, we are excited for you all to meet her!