Go the Distance – Finish Strong!

It’s that time of year again, the time of year to be distracted!

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s coming to distract you and your team from you are your ankles. Should you ignore Christmas and be a Scrooge? Absolutely not! This is a great time to be giving and think of others, especially your team members, patients and of course your family.

But don’t forget to go to the distance and finish strong. Separate your personal days from your production days and draw a distinct line between the two, otherwise they start to blur together and nothing really impactful happens.

You won’t really take time off and you won’t really have time for your family time to plan, and you won’t really hit your production and collections goals.

Are You a hunter or a farmer?
Farming can be slow, muddy, dirty and wear out your hands. But if done right, farming can be very profitable, fun, and the rewards continue to produce for years into the future. Hunters just wait until they’re hungry, which is a shortsighted income-only perspective. What you want to be focusing on is building long-term wealth with a purpose driven practice, incorporating real systems to help your team develop and grow.

The success of your past can be one of the biggest challenges to the success of your future. It’s easy to “rest on your haunches,“ especially at this time of year. But the end of the year is an excellent time for revaluation, recapping progress, and celebrating your goals and successes this year!

Speed reader and teacher Howard Berg (checkout his online videos if you don’t know of him, it will change the way you read) defines learning as understanding the meaning and significance of something to the reader. Holidays are the perfect time of year to really think about the “meaning“ of what you are doing, and most importantly WHY you are doing it.

Cal Ripken Jr., the great Baltimore Oriole, broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played. He surpassed the 2130 number and went on to play 2632 consecutive games over 17 seasons. That nearly 3,000 games without missing a single one! What a commitment!

What did it take to get there?

You can read the full story from a USA Today article here.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for being part of growing our profession and providing elite care for your patients – which also furthers my mission – to provide the best experience for our clients to share with their own growing practices!

Have a copy of my new book yet? The Owner’s Guide to a Productive Dental Practice: 7 Pillars Every Dentist Needs to Grow in the New Economy is available on Amazon.com, or you can watch this quick video to learn how to get your real, paperback free copy today.

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