Fuzzy Practices Don’t Offer The Rewards You Deserve
In practice we have many hurdles to overcome. Sometimes our practices will start to retract or stop growing. Our mission and goals for our practice can become fuzzy or not well defined. If you find yourself in this position you need to reevaluate how you devote your time and energy. What we find is often our focus has changed or been diverted. Instead of your practice being your focus, it becomes your job and you start showing up and punching the clock. No one cares about your practice as much as you do. You have to be present to ensure that it’s growing. That means mentally present, not just physically present.
Life is so busy today. There are demands on your time coming from every direction. Family, children, school, church, organizations you belong to are all looking for time from you. This leaves very little time to focus on your practice and your practice will start to suffer. All of these areas are important, but you have to learn how to prioritize your limited time. Time is the most precious commodity you possess and you need to use it wisely.
Your family and children obviously must be your first priority, because without the support of your family really nothing else matters. A close second needs to be your practice. If you are not successful in practice then all the other areas become more difficult to do. Your successful practice allows you the time to help others and serve with all your other obligations.
Much like you, I tend to give a lot of my time to others. To improve my community and to help those who need help. To this end we must not lose focus on what allows us to give this help, our practice. As you grow and develop you find this demand on your time becomes more and more. You have to learn to say no. We all have a point that we become stretched too thin and things start falling in the cracks. Take time to evaluate yourself and see if this is happening. You may have to tell someone no, or reduce your time commitments to some organizations.Make sure the organizations you commit the most time to help you achieve the goals of your practice.
I find when I am focused on my patients and my being proactive the only thing that can happen is growth. I am sure you will find this same thing if you start looking for it. Have you ever implemented new procedures and set a goal to achieve a certainlevel of service. If you do not set a new goal to move toward after a while you will find your office shrinking. Make sure you are always setting new goals and are focused like a laser on achieving those goals. If you do, your practice will flourish and you will be better able to help others. Make sure your time is allotted appropriately and remember it is okay to tell someone no. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but one that will improve your life.
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