M.O.V.E.! team member Dr. Inez Kelleher, orthopedic surgeon and masters sprinter, reflects on how M.O.V.E.! has helped her in all facets of her life. Dr. Kelleher will be leading the September 27th workshop at Pine Manor College. Her topic? “Make No Bones About It: Bone Health Through The Lifespan.”
So, since 2012, it has helped me figure out what my goals really are -- and adjust them when they need adjusting.
Goals and dreams are quite different. Goals -- unlike dreams -- are reality. And they have to be based on values…… family, career, faith, health -- your personal values, not the world’s values. So they require a lot of thought. Once you’ve identified your values, setting goals fall into place more easily. Your goals make more sense. For example, when training for a major race, I know why I may not go to the movies one day -- or do something that’s fun but not a priority at the time.
Setting key weekly tasks based on goals and writing them down, planning ahead, anticipating obstacles, keeping simple but consistent records, and gaining periodic objective feedback from a coach (you can’t get that on your own, no matter who you are) reinforce theories of goal achievement and excellence.
Nothing ever goes according to plan -- and time is limited. We juggle many logistics.
When life presents a curve ball you can redirect your plan and know that you’re still realizing your values -- still moving towards your goals in a different way. It’s important to juggle logistics well. I’m going on a trip for a family event this week-end. Already four days before I am looking at facilities and setting up an alternative workout that will keep me on track. I can still train and attend a very special family event without the angst of feeling that I am falling behind in my athletic performance goal. I’m also staying true to my family values.
An attitude of embracing uncomfortable tasks rather than shirking from them have accelerated progress. Performance psychologist Dr. Anders Ericsson (theorist on 10 years, 10,000 hours to excellence) calls those tasks “deliberate practice”. When I felt a possible injury coming on, I embraced the uncomfortable by starting swimming. I now enjoy it - most of the time.:)
M.O.V.E.! helps me not just as a master sprinter (age graded at 90%) and as a mother and grandmother but also as a physician. With patients, I use the method as a health coach. I help them verbalized their values, including their health values. We then acknowledge their health goals, and I give them a “ prescription” that we establish together to work toward achieving their goals. I keep it simple, and personal. Then we have a basis for follow-up appointments. I encourage a simple journal to keep accountability in working toward goals.
I have a training friend, a masters sprinter, who just found out he needs heart surgery. He was overwhelmed. Suddenly, his plans -- his athletic and family goals -- evaporated. He didn’t know what to do. Over the years, we have supported each other’s training on the track. I knew he needed to see a new way to move forward. I sent him information on Cardiac Athletes, with examples of masters athlete cardiac rehab protocols. He now has direction, a different path.
He plans to return to masters sprinting, with refined purpose and goals.
Be Your Best At Any Age MOVE! is coaching based on a unique goal achievement method that helps you achieve athletic goals while recognizing your other life commitments.
MOVE! helps people achieve personal and professional as well as athletic goals.