South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) has been serving patients in Central Massachusetts and beyond for over thirty years. During this time, we have concluded that there are two traits vital to achieving successful results for our patients: motivation and positivity. Merriam-Webster defines these characteristics, respectively, as the condition of being eager to act or work and thinking that a good result will happen. SCPT defines these qualities as the most useful and effective beliefs in achieving your goals.
We’re not the only ones who have experienced the power of positive thinking. An article in Forbes Magazine describes studies conducted by Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Through his extensive research, Seligman found individuals with pessimistic mindsets suffered from higher levels of deteriorating health as they aged, while their positive counterparts experienced decreased levels of cardiovascular disease and longer life spans. The studies showed that positivity not only influenced health, but performance as well. When studying a group of salespeople, Seligman determined those who were optimistic sold 37% more than pessimists.
Phys.org™, a web-based science, research, and technology platform recently shared a research study published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) that pinpointed personal motivation as a key factor in the ability to recover and return to work after a total knee replacement. So how do you harness these powerful traits to help you work towards your personal physical therapy goals?
SCPT has compiled a list of proven techniques developed by emotional intelligence experts. We encourage you to practice and apply them to your everyday life, and reap the benefits of these power-packed practices:
Visualize success: American Industrialist Henry Ford once said “Whether you think that you can, or think that you cannot, you are right.” Visualize yourself reaching your ultimate goal. Is it walking down a sandy beach beside your spouse after a hip replacement? Picture it in your mind. Hear the sound of waves slapping against the shoreline. Smell the salt-water sprays. What are you wearing? How do you feel when the sand runs through your toes? When you face challenges throughout your recovery, bring your personal picture of success to mind. It will help remind you of your goal.
Positive self-talk: Encourage yourself with positive thoughts and words. The Mayo Clinic suggests following a simple rule: never say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to others. What did you achieve during your day? Did you try something new? Were you able to do more repetitions of an exercise than you were during your last PT session? Give yourself a pat on the back, just like you would a colleague or friend.
Don’t just think of your goals, write them down: Dominican University of California Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews, studied a group of 267 participants. Out of the 149 participants who completed the study, 76% of those who wrote down their goals, defined actionable commitments to achieve their goal, and those who shared their goal with a friend accomplished their objective or reported they were halfway to reaching it. Written goals, which are concise and measurable, are like a road map; follow your carefully laid steps, and you’ll reach your destination. For additional help crafting your written goals, visit Top Achievement, and follow its S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) goal setting technique.
For each milestone reached, for every new accomplishment achieved, your SCPT physical therapist will be there to cheer you on and celebrate your success. You’re not alone on your path towards results; SCPT is walking with you, every step of the way. We look forward to partnering with you towards your journey to results.
For additional motivation, read this story about one of our own patients who achieved success through perseverance, here: http://bit.ly/1TTdQN4.
For thirty years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been championing for healthier lifestyles to benefit our patients and the communities we serve, with the goal of improving your mental and physical well-being, helping to prevent health-related conditions. For an appointment to discuss how SCPT can help you achieve your well-being goals, call us today at 508.832.2628.