We can get caught up in all of our daily tasks and to-dos, and it is very easy to lose sight of the big picture. A new year is a time to break away from our hectic everyday routine to really examine our long-term goals, and look at what we are doing in the short-term to get us there. What is working? What is not working? Where do I want my dental practice to be at end of the year? Where do I want it to be at the end of five years? Taking the time to really understand the answers to these questions can help you achieve bigger things.
As you are working on your goals, there are a few basic guidelines to help you achieve them.
1. Make your goals realistic. Don’t set yourself up for failure before you even start. Your goals should be realistic, but push you to go farther. They should give you and your dental team something to strive for.
2. Make your goals quantifiable. Be specific and put some numbers behind the goals to allow you to evaluate exactly how you did at the end of 2015.
3. Write your goals down. Studies have shown that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. Write them as if you have already accomplished them. For example, I am so proud that the practice added 20 new patients every month in 2015. This will help you visualize actually achieving them.
4. Map out a plan. To help ensure you have a clear path to reaching your goals create an action plan with the steps needed to get to your end goal. This can make it feel less overwhelming when you break it down into more actionable, achievable steps that you can check off as you go.
Take the time now to make sure that 2015 is a successful year for you, your dental practice and your team. Happy New Year!