The decision to move forward. This, unfortunately, still remains a major stumbling block of many. Indeed, the slowness or lack of making even simple decisions, but most especially putting off critical decisions sometimes slows forward progress by weeks, months, and in some very unfortunate circumstances years.
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Let’s look outside your practice. Last week we talked about the key parts and your accomplishments in creating a compelling future. Let’s continue that though today with an eye on reality.
I think one of the most powerful but scariest things we do as achievers is create a compelling future life, and then actually watch it start to unfold right before our eyes.
Think about it. If you are a doc, you did this as a student at several levels. In reality, many times.
Recently, especially as the private healthcare environment harshens, I have been asking myself much more often about the real differences between those who are wildly successful, and those who struggle, year after year in practice.
I have a short list of reasons for failure, when a prospective client comes to me. The vast majority that ultimately become clients are successful because I personally vet all my clients on some really key issues.
It has been said, that “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”.To be truly independent, on this great day of American Independence you need to know where you stand on the major cornerstones of your life.
Private practice mandates an entirely additional set of skills. Not instead of but in addition to your healers instincts. And honestly, failure to realize this, or especially educate our students creates every unpleasant and often painful experiences ranging from unrest to bankruptcy.
Times are never good or bad, only different.Sage advice from a master, spoken many years ago. I am not sure exactly who or I would give due credit.
Let’s take a look at these skills so essential to phenomenal success but so often overlooked. Number one on my list is the ability to organize and sort incoming “stuff” and data. Really. A messy desk (or home or personal life quite frankly) makes for a clouded mind. That’s why extreme and easy organization […]
Are your patients getting mixed messages, and you don’t even know it? Most especially, might there be an incongruence or two with regard to office policies which might not only be slowing you down, but could be like driving your car with the brakes on? Well, if you have more than one staff person, the […]
If things aren’t working for you in any area of life, make a new plan! Today! Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same old thing in the same old way expecting different results.
A doctor’s natural gifts. That’s what you possess as a healer. You can put patients at ease; physically and quickly abolish their pain and discomfort. Restore hope, and actually save their lives by doing what seemingly is very natural for you. Healers have commonalities in backgrounds and life experiences. Actually, our pathways as doctors of […]
Doctor, I know you know patient care has got to be your entire focus when seeing patients. The challenge is of course to do it rationally, thoroughly and not blind sighted by irrelevancy.
And when you’re not with patients, just make sure you are focused on and spending time with the things and people you value most in life.
There is a saying in marketing that there are no failures, only tests.
And so it is in the world we live in right now. What worked so great in practice a while back may not be working so well right now.
What do most people do? Stop trying!
What too many private practice “marketers” forget is just how changeable the landscape is! As a private practice owner it’s never enough to set up any online or social marketing campaign without paying regular (daily) attention.
Now of course, this is something I regularly do with enjoyment. I can tell so much about a doc and his practice, based upon how the staff answers the phone. Timing, attitude, how questions are handled, are they organized? And are all their tools obviously at their fingertips?
The most important of all Private Practice Systems is…can you guess? Answering telephones by script. It is simply a mechanism to ensure two things. One is that patients are not turned off by what is said. The other is to obtain valuable information in terms of what parts of your marketing campaign are working. You have […]
My wife and daughter recently brought me home a copy of “I Me Mine”, which is as close to an autobiography of George Harrison as you can get. It’s a great read. I have always respected his strong faith, as well as his music.Some passages really shed light on how he applied ancient philosophies to modern life. In reality, its all about decisions we make every day.
One of our members recently so poignantly asked me ”John, you keep talking about all the changes. What do you mean, and what’s happening?”
So what I thought I would do is summarize how the events of the last 12 months have impacted doctor’s behaviors
Ask for suggestions to anticipate tougher spots in the day from the players, and put them into play if you can. Be a good listener. Then start your day with some energy and focus, as a team.