inMotion Magazine

Goals 3 As we embark on a new year, I’m reminded by something Walt Disney once said: “Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” 2019 was a year of change and growth for the Amputee Coalition. As the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer, I came to the Amputee Coalition with respect for the organization’s mission and its dedication to serving the community. I have fond memories of the Annual Conference and the people I met there. I am excited about the growth we experienced with the programs and services we offer to people with limb loss and limb difference. I believe strongly in public policy and the responsibility Congress and the administration have toward our community and look forward to reinvigorating activities to shape laws and policies that benefit our community. The theme of this issue of inMotion is GOALS. Someone I admire, entrepreneur and writer Seth Godin wrote, “The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun, in the short run. It seems to me, though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact … those people have goals.” Setting goals is something businesses, organizations, and leaders do on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. It’s also something individuals do. A long time ago, I gave up on setting new year’s resolutions. Instead, I focus more on setting intentional goals throughout the year – things I can work on in small steps that can generate momentum toward something I want to achieve or change. In this issue, we talk a lot about goals. We help you think about some goals you might want to set for yourself about living well with limb loss and limb difference – whether it’s joining our Certified Peer Visitor program, or becoming an advocate, or other things you can do to make the kind of impact you want to make in your town, our community, and in the world. Too often, people can be cynical about a new year. Not me. I’m looking forward to all the promise that 2020 can bring – to turning the calendar page to a fresh new year … a year of growth and change for the Amputee Coalition. We’ve set some big goals this year to serve our community well, in new ways, and with innovative and interesting educational and support tools, as well as access to services in local communities in all 50 states. Thank you for being part of our community. I’m honored to serve as this organization’s President & CEO and I am looking forward to the new year and the promise it brings. On behalf of the team here at the Amputee Coalition, we look forward to connecting with you along the way. WHAT’S IN STORE IN 2020 By Mary Richards, CEO Amputee Coalition MESSAGE FROM THE CEO