Are you still chasing after those goals for your dental practice? Are you making progress or did you falter at the first hurdle? Are you not sure where to start and now overwhelm, doubt and procrastination have set in? Are you afraid of failure so you just keep doing the same old thing? Are you stuck in a rut and hoping that somehow things will change?
Well, unless you have a plan nothing is going to shift, you will bumble along from one day to the next and that’s OK if you are happy and successful according to your standard…
But if a more profitable and less stressful dental practice is what you seek then you need to make a shift, make a start and do something different to see different results.
Don’t Let Making A Start Stop You
Procrastination is a killer…
Not having specific written down achievable goals is another.
If you don’t plan then you are setting yourself up to fail.
I know it can seem such a big leap to get from where you are now to where you want to be, but every journey consists of one step taken after another and this is how you achieve your goals – one bite-sized piece at a time.
Tips To Achieve Your Goals and Big Plans
- Just Start – count down 5,4,3, 2, 1 and just do it. Take action and you’ll be surprised how easy the next step is.
- Break your work and tasks into timed sessions – do what you can in the time, then take a break and go again. This helps keep up productivity and focus. Try 25 minutes on and 5 minutes off. Do that 4 times and then take a longer break.
- Most important tasks first – do the things that will have the biggest or most significant impact first and what doesn’t get done during the day wasn’t that important and can be rescheduled on your priority list.
- Make a list – write things down and then list them in order of importance. This way you keep focused and stay on track. It also helps avoid overwhelm and trying to juggle too many balls in the air.
- Good Enough Is Near Enough – it doesn’t have to be perfect it just needs to get done to a sufficient standard that will allow you to complete one step and move on to the next.
Perfection is the evil twin of procrastination.
- No excuses – Complacency doesn’t lead to growth. It leads to stagnation and going back to old habits.
As simple as it sounds, you just start.
Make yourself do whatever it is for 5 minutes then you can quit.
Once you have started, you will likely find you won’t be able to stop after the 5 minutes is over.
Whether it’s studying, exercising, writing, or whatever, just start.
Keep that phrase in your mind when you find yourself procrastinating. Say it to yourself until you are working on the task which needs to be completed. Over and over if needed.
What have you got to lose by setting your goals, making a plan and following through?
Doing nothing will see you right where you are now and in 12 months time you will be having exactly the same conversation with yourself.
I don’t want to see you stuck so reach out and let me know how I can help.