Every year I challenge our great Doctors to think ahead over the next 12 months to ask themselves what they wish to be different and how they’d like to see themselves improve in the new year.
I challenge you to do the same.
The big difference in effective goal setting is in focusing on the things that you can control. Most people put too many wants and wishes out there about “other people” changing and they base their lives and happiness on other people instead of focusing on it from within.
The question is: what’s 2020 going to be about FOR YOU?
Better parent, spouse, friend, son or daughter, team member, etc.
The question that really matters is HOW are you going to ‘be better?’ The First Lady came out with a campaign a couple years ago called “Be Best” – I don’t believe this got enough coverage. This the worthiest thing as it puts the focus right where it should be… how YOU can be your best.
Everything else falls into place when you take care of #1. Not in a selfish way, in a proactive, responsible, self-caring way that leads to you being able to do more for others by first doing more for yourself.
I ask you what goals do you have?
What changes do you want to make?
In what ways will you be different, be best next year?
The bottom line is if you don’t set some new expectations for yourself you are going to end up with just more of the same. Maybe that’s good enough for you and maybe it is not.
We can talk practice stuff all day long – and we will get back to that – but don’t miss the bigger picture here. What you ought to be doing with your patients is helping them ‘be their best’ also. No one is going to say they don’t want to be their best. All you have to do then is just show them how.
For today though, before the year is out, I’m asking YOU what YOU want.
We practice very deliberately the principle that if you want to grow the practice you have to grow the people inside the practice – that happens to be you. Here’s what you can know about me, my team, your doctor: we aren’t growing you so we can grow it; we are growing you because you deserve it, because it’s what we believe in, because it’s the right thing to do.
Us being our best is ensuring, helping, guiding, leading you on your journey to be your best. We are proud of that, we are proud of you, and we aren’t going to let anything get in your way of finding your next personal discovery and bettering your best.
So, let’s celebrate the old year, welcome in the new year, commit to being your best self, and then going to work on bettering your best in every way for 2020. Look out 2020, because here we come. I’m very confident it’s going to be the best year yet!
It will most certainly be a Happy New Year!