Need some inspiration for the week ahead?
I have written extensively about the importance of setting goals, especially if you want to grow and expand your practice.
Coming up with the ideas is the easy part – it’s fun to think about adding a zero or two to your monthly revenue (or your paycheque). It’s exciting to think about how many more patients you could serve if you grew; how accomplished you would feel if you had three or four locations under your name.
Sadly, the enthusiasm sometimes tends to wane when it comes time to get specific and realistic about those goals. It can feel like you’re raining on your own parade by asking the tough questions, like whether you can realistically achieve what you want to over the next year.
For those who make it through the S.M.A.R.T. goal reality check (you can read more on that here) the hardest part has yet to come: following through. There is a sense of achievement that often accompanies setting goals, but that list will get you nowhere if it’s out of sight, out of mind and not accompanied by a plan of action.
This is why I ask: do you need some inspiration for the week ahead?
Every day is an opportunity to take steps toward your practice’s goals. You won’t achieve your goal overnight, but don’t let that stop you. Start with a small step: making a phone call you’ve been putting off, talking to your staff, hiring a coach, getting around to placing a job posting. Today, that could be giving some thought to what you want to have achieved by end-of-day Friday. Do this for each of your goals, and include how your staff can help, what you can delegate, and when you will make time for whatever steps you need to take. Be sure to circle back at the end of the week for a productivity review (and include your team on the discussion). Do that another 48 times, and you’ll be amazed at how much progress you will have made at the close of 2018.
I encourage ODs (and their staff) to place their big goals somewhere visible. This helps keep the excitement alive; it also serves as a reminder to make time for the achievement of those goals.
I also find that a bit of extra inspiration can help get the confidence and enthusiasm flowing.
Here is a list of 50 inspirational quotes that are bound to inspire and motivate.
Some of my favourites are: 1, 16, 22 and 36. Let me know which ones resonate with you in the comments below.