Launching into 2016: Check your core values


Today I would like to share with you some motivation principles that you can incorporate into your life to make 2016 the best year ever.

Having worked with elite athletes for the last 15 years, I have seen many start with great talent, motivation and support, but have seen them fall over after a few years when the going gets tough.

The first principle coach discussed last week was the “growth-mindset”.  An elite springboard diving coach best described the attitude that identifies a future elite diver by their attitude to correction.

“A typical mediocre diver who never reaches the elite level desires 85 percent positive reinforcement, (being consistently told what they are doing right) and can only take 15 percent correction or negative feedback.

Whereas an elite diver has the opposite ratio. They don’t want to know what they are already good at and doing well at– they want to know what they can do to go to the next level and are constantly demanding to find any faults to correct them.

Goal successBecause they are in a “growth-mindset” they appreciate this advice, correction and coaching more than receiving lavish praise for what they can already do.

As the year is getting started ask yourself the question; “what is it that I’m not good at and how can I be better?”

Being in a growth-mindset can only work well if we follow some strong core values.  Without these values our growth can quickly go in the wrong direction.

Take some time to look at your core values and reflect on how they affect your decisions and everyday life.
If you have never considered your core values or are unsure on how to define your values, I will give you an example of what my values are and how I incorporate them into life and work. My core values include:
–  Pursue excellence
–  Respect everyone
–  Integrity rules – T3
–  Personal accountability

Pursue excellence
Excellence is pursued in all aspects of what I do. At work this includes clinical skills, customer service, commercial requirements, education, in-services and leadership.

At home excellence is pursued in relationships, family time, social interactions and volunteer service.
Vince Lombardi is quoted saying “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

Respect everyone
We show respect to our clients, work colleagues, family and friends in all our activities by:
–  Being friendly and helpful
–  Celebrating accomplishments and wins
–  Cleaning up after ourselves and helping others maintain the highest possible professional environment
–  Helping other team/family members maintain a positive team/family environment where everyone is welcomed, respected and their input is valued
–  At work, we “sharpen each other” by remaining focused helping each other achieve goals on continual improvement

Integrity – T3 – Tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth
Honesty is a core value that sits across all facets of life.

T1 Our clients: We are committed to providing the best possible treatment and experience for all of our patients. This means that we must be conscious of letting our clients know the consequences of not taking appropriate action and what that means to their long-term outcomes as well as presenting an accurate pathway for their recovery as well as their desired performance outcomes.

T2 Ourselves: We must always be honest with ourselves in the pursuit of continual performance improvement, this means being open to scrutinise what we can do today to be better than we were the day before.

T3 Our team mates and family: We strive to be a complete team and this means that we respect each other, treat each other as we would want to be treated: with honest, clear concise communications in a caring understanding way.

Personal accountability
“A” comes before “J” means that Accountability always comes before Justification.We are committed to be accountable to each other in our actions, knowing that the pursuit of continual improvement sits centrally to our cause as we pursue excellence in all endeavors.

Team members are accountable for their own actions. Each team member is accountable to help and inspire others to achieve to a level they would not be able to reach alone.

We are always searching for better ways to provide our services and excel at what we do.

I hope this little insight into my personal core beliefs has allowed you to ask some questions about yourself.

If each one of us has a “growth-mindset” and strong positive core values we can all make Waikato a better place to live.  I for one am looking forward to what 2016 has to bring.

Director of Advance Physio, John Appel is dedicated to helping everyone function fully and enjoy everyday life without the restriction of pain.With a Masters in Physiotherapy, a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, an Athletic Training degree, and as a Myofascial Release therapist, he works with a wide range of clients from professional athletes to chronic fibromyalgia clients.


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