GO AHEAD AND QUIT NOW
Wait, what? That’s right, you heard us. Go ahead and quit now. If you’ve been reading our blog posts or listening to Jay’s podcast or really taking in any Scheduling Institute messages in 2020 you were probably thinking everything we send to you will be about telling yourself, “Don’t give up! Keep going!” But in reality, there are some things you seriously need to just stop doing when it comes to setting private practice goals as well as for yourself.
So, let’s get started with what you need to stop.
- Quit Creating Goals You Know You Can Easily Accomplish. If there is something that you know for a fact is going to happen, it’s not really a goal. That’s more of a “to-do” or task. It’s going to happen without any extra effort. This type of goal-setting will never excite you, and will never push you forward past your comfort zone. You will just keep on keeping on, so to speak. Sure, it will help you not to go backward, but it really isn’t going to move you forward towards realizing your true God-given talents either. Instead, create what our CEO Jay Geier calls a “stretch goal” – something that seems just a tad out of reach. This will push you to be more resourceful, more intentional, to try just that little bit more. And even if you don’t quite reach the goal, you will still be a little further ahead of where you would be with a comfortable goal. Jay always says even when he falls “short” of a stretch goal he always is further ahead than if he set the goal at an easily achievable level.
- Quit Trying to Do Everything at Once. Yes, you need to set stretch goals. But that’s not the same as stretching yourself too thin. Setting too many goals and trying to take on too many things at once is a recipe for disaster. You will not be able to put the intention and focus around your private practice goals. Most likely end up further behind on the important ones, exhausted, and feeling totally defeated. Instead, focus on your top five goals first. Choose the ones that will make the greatest impact and devote all your efforts to those first. Even though the number is less, the rewards will far exceed taking on too many goals and falling flat, or not doing as well as you could have had you focused instead.
- Quit Pretending You Are an Expert at Everything. There are some goals you have for yourself and your practice that you need to admit right now you need help to accomplish. Whether it be that you need to learn how to properly delegate to your team, or that you need to invest in coaching from someone who is already an expert at what you want to do. The fact is you are going to need help with certain things. No one person is a master of everything, nor can they physically do everything themselves. No one ever won an Olympic gold medal without a coach. Actors and actresses like George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Angelina Jolie all have coaches. And according to Forbes magazine, more and more of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and business owners are all using coaches to help achieve new levels of success. Regardless of the skills and talents you bring to any profession, achieving success all alone is a grinding, uphill battle. And you need to quit trying to do it the hard way. Get the coaching you need to achieve your private practice goals, and to learn how to properly delegate to get yourself out of the time and effort economy and into the results economy.
- Quit Using Negative Self-Talk. Constantly beating yourself up with negative, self-defeating thoughts like, “I can’t do this” or “I’m just kidding myself” or “I will never be able to …” is not at all conducive to setting or achieving big goals. This type of negative influence is especially damaging when it comes from your own mind because you cannot escape it. And if you have a sarcastic or self-deprecating type of humor this will be particularly difficult to change. You need to realize you’re not a stand-up comedian or a character on a sit-com. Making fun of yourself, your dreams, or doing the “right” things to accomplish them is just not funny. And neither is wallowing in self-pity or regret. Instead, start each day with positive affirming thoughts. Think about what you are grateful for, what you are really great at, and what goals you want to accomplish that day. It may feel silly at first, but the more you fill your head with positive, affirming thoughts the less room you will have for negativity to creep in.
- Quit Holding Yourself Back. Jay believes that every one of us has true God-given talents that we are not living up to. You are no exception. When you set your goals, stop trying to play it safe. Quit holding yourself back from trying something new. Take some calculated risks and be bold with your goal-setting.
Ok, you got us. This is where we tell you, “You can do it!” and “Keep going!”
Call us eternal optimists, or maybe more accurately, call us a company with our own huge goal of helping 1,000 doctors net $1 million while giving 10%. Our goal is literally to help you achieve your private practice goals! And we have the experience and the proven solutions to help you do it.
2020 kicked a lot of practices in the teeth – set your mind to revamp and refresh yours in 2021. Regardless of what the economy or who-knows-what-else gets thrown at us, Scheduling Institute is here to help you achieve your goals.
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