How To Keep Your Dental Practice Hitting It’s Goals
How do you build momentum and hit your goals in dental practice? When you look back on your year is it with regret or with pride. Are you wishing you’d worked harder, been more focussed, got better results? Its so easy to hone in on the negatives and the things that didn’t go so well and dismiss the things that we put into place and the progress we’ve made.
Hoping vs Planning
As we look to the year or months ahead – you may be hoping to turn things around, that a miracle comes and makes it all different and suddenly your dental practice and your life improves out of sight.
Now hoping and wishing isn’t going to get you results and so I want to help you to be committed to taking action, setting goals and making a plan.
Yes by all means let’s look back at last year but not in a oh no everything sucked kind of way but in a way where you get to appreciate, have gratitude and celebrate even the smallest of wins and steps in the right direction. I don’t want you to feel bad about last year but to learn and grow from it. I want to help you realise your progress and build traction to give you the momentum to move forward.
How To Build Momentum In Your Dental Practice
Here are some questions that will help you transition into the next part of the year with amazing momentum…
1. What were your 3 wins and achievements for the year?
2. What were the biggest challenges? What did you learn from them, how did you grow, how did they make you a better person/business owner?
3. What incomplete projects, tasks or goals do you have? These are the things you wanted to get done but didn’t finish.
4. What are your top 3 desires for next year? What do you want to achieve this year? Where would you like to be in 3 years, 10 years? Do your goals for this year move you toward your bigger picture on they on track with your vision and plans?
5. How do you want your life, your dental practice, your business, relationships, finances to be different?
Visualise your progress and feel the momentum you built already.
Now commit to this and to yourself, your relationship and your family. Commit to your future.
You Need BIG Goals
Now your goals need to be big, to stretch you and see you achieve big things but the key is to start small with small actionable steps –
So for example my goal this year personally is to learn to surf – now I’ve been body surfing and body boarding for years but I’ve only been on a surf board 4 times. Now I can’t just think I know how to swim, paddle out, catch a wave and I can skateboard so that must mean surfing will be easy or happen overnight. No its going to take practice and breaking it down into smaller steps.
First I’ve got to get used to the board and popping up and balancing. Now I can’t go surfing everyday its too far to get to the beach and be back in time to get to the office. But I can practice components of surfing on dry land, like my pop up, building my strength and core muscles, working on my stance and balance, swimming. Watching how to videos and getting advice from other surfers. Then getting out and having a go as often as I can maybe even getting some lessons.
These are all small things I can do to help me reach my goal. Then once I can stand learning how to ride the board and master it which will take time and effort.
BIG Goals small Steps
So what are your small steps???
– what do you need to get done in the next 90 days to get you closer to your 1 year goal?
– what are the top 3 projects to action in the next 90 days and what are the tasks you need to do as part of each project?
Break each goal into smaller and smaller parts until you have every action step or task that is required to get you moving toward reaching that goal.
Now start with a small step
– tick it off your list then another and another and before you know it you are going to be building amazing momentum and kicking some incredible goals in 2019 and beyond.
90 Day Sprints
Every 90 days reset – review your goals review your one year plan based on what you’ve accomplished what needs to happen next – repeat your goal setting and breaking them down into small actions and go again.
I call this 90 day sprints and it is how I get my business and dental practice to grow and reach my personal and professional goals.
Give it a go and let me know what you think.