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Life Is A Checkerboard

“Life is a checkerboard…”

One recent morning while rereading Napoleon Hill, I came across this quote. Now, he has it in quotations too, but does not attribute it to anybody else.

Life is a checkerboard and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision”.

So, why then, in the face of numerous challenges in practice today do so many doctors just back away from essential decisions and allow their own futures to be jeopardized or their livelihood and professional futures held hostage?

Quite simply, I believe its fear, and most especially, not knowing what to do first. So many just shut down, and take the path of least resistance.

The good news is, with appropriate tools, you too can develop the learned skill of making rapid and more effective decisions. That’s what I see from focused doctors. That is why focused doctors are or learn new ways to become true care givers, and not insurance pawns. In the process, they fall in love with their profession once again. Their practice blossoms, financial security and fulfillment ensue. This can be you too.

So, how can you get results? Start by taking a hard look at where you are right now. Have you drifted off course? More importantly, are your daily actions and attitudes moving you closer to your targets or not?

Focused people know what they want to achieve, in specific, detailed terms.

Don’t forget, your life right now, is a product of the decisions you have made (or failed to) so far. This of course includes your professional practice. The first step in getting back on track is to acknowledge this fact. Take responsibility as paramount!

Since decision making is a skill, it can be learned. But it has to be specific to the situations at hand. This is where asking for the council of others with the business training and experience can really help, especially in a complex arena like today’s private practices.

And remember, real success is built upon strong foundations. What better way to achieve it than by working with those who have already mastered the skills you may need to acquire.

So, start by being a better asker! You will be glad you did.

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Patti Hayes is CEO of Perfect Practice Web, and has 30+ years experience in multidisciplinary practice management. She may be reached by calling or texting 339-793-8610

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What CAN You Control?

What Can You Control?

As the tendency towards overwhelm occurs in so many areas of modern life these days, building a compelling future, no matter what the past, has certain fundamental requirements of you as an executive and architect of your own future. You and I cannot control what’s going on in the outside environment, but we can control what’s going on between our own two ears.

All of us can take a very proactive stance with our own head space. We can educate our patients. Better train our staff. Fully educate our communities.

But in order to do really do this, you cannot come from fear. You cannot come from lack. You must make sure that you are coming from your highest purpose when you enter the office every single day.

One of your highest purposes has got to be your own financial freedom and your own unique prosperity.

It’s important that you take steps now to make sure that you’ve solidified the financial income to your office and the amount of personal savings from your practice.

I recently spoke to two docs back to back from similar parts of the country. They were in the same age group. One doctor had been in practice about 15 years and the other about 12 years. One doctor was doing extraordinary well. The other was absolutely going down the tubes.

What could possibly account for the major differences?

I investigated a bit further. What was happening was that the doctor that was having a difficult time had failed to respond to warning signals many months earlier. Certain third parties came in and basically said, “There is no more coverage for X, Y and Z.” His entire practice, which at one point in time was an enormous practice, was suddenly shut down because he had nothing to fall back on. He had no other pathways.

To bulletproof your practice and future in any economy, you have to maintain a very close and diligent watch on your vision. Along with this, you must also make sure that you have developed the personal time to reflect and investigate, and the necessary administrative time in your office to deal with all these things.

It does take time to implement and perfect real world procedures and train your staff, but unless you actually build this development time into your practice, you’re going to have a difficult time with what’s coming down in the future, regardless of whether or not you participate in insurance.

If you have been at this a while, you, as well as I, need to continually remind ourselves when we hit some of these frustrations that practice is radically different now.

I continuously remind my team to come from a position of acceptance, calmness, recognition and figuring out new and better ways, and to how to help private practice prosper. This type of approach makes an enormous difference.

The doctors that have taught themselves to engage in this behavior have restructured their personal lives and office hours, so they have the needed admin time. They have found it enormously beneficial.

There are just some things you need to be fully cognizant and aware of what it’s going to take to continue to bulletproof your practice, and indeed your private life.

To that end, remember it’s a work in progress.

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Why not you?

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. Why not you?

This really hit me hard after I re-listened to our own most recent webinar on Perfect Practice for prospective members. Frankly, I sometimes wonder what makes those who take our programs, implement and follow them and become wildly successful different than those who don’t.

Frankly, It hit me again just this morning after a fabulous weekend, why anyone would even expect to be successful, or better yet become truly independent, without careful attention to every aspect and area of business, success and personal achievement. The answers came to me with blinding simplicity. So, I made a list of the top three reasons for failure to thrive in practice. And you know what? Its just three things!

Those who become very successful in life and practice do three unique things that those who struggle don’t.

1. Successful people totally and unconditionally accept full responsibility for their lives and practices. They never blame the economy, insurance companies or patients who just don’t understand.

2. The most successful are continuously gathering new information. These are the readers and seminar takers. Theses doctors take every call we sponsor, request more help, frequently with letters and emails. They travel to every live event we give or advise them to take. They regularly gather all the knowledge they can. These doctors completely understand that knowledge is power, and the ultimate in personal freedom. They have a book or audio on success handy, at all times. It makes no difference if they are in year 3 or 30 in practice.

3. Lastly, these doctors know what they want. They can spout off their goals and aspirations with great clarity. And when their mental pictures become cloudy, they pause, reflect and redirect. Ultimately, these doctors make their own decisions, after gathering all the data, and truly decide what’s in their own best interest, as they tweak and fine-tune their game plans. To the core, they are internally focused, but ever vigilant to support in every way possible those who mean the most to them.

Doctors, the good news is changing from mediocrity to complete fulfillment and happiness is as simple as hitting just these three things.

But, what if you are overwhelmed with challenges? What are we to do first? What do those who are ultimately hugely successful in life do?

Ask successful people for guidance. They never fail to share and help.Always ask for help and guidance from those who have been there.

Successful people engage in all the critical aspects of living a self-actualized life. And they tell you just how they get it all done. This is the reason that continued immersion in success skills and philosophy; personal growth, physical fitness and spirituality all are essential components of Practice by Design™.

Remember as great as spouses and families kind support can be while you are stressed, nobody really knows what you face in practice except peers. So, when it’s really critical information you need, do you take advice from the most successful, or not? The answer should be obvious.

Next, practice total and unconditional acceptance of personal responsibility.

If you have not done this, you may need to work on this. Daily. This where reading the masters, and spiritual works such as the Bible, the Gita, Koran or simply going to that quiet place within your own soul really helps.

Lastly, 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. And as the world changes, our plans often need to adapt or change as well. Realize, this is exactly why I repeat our Core Modules for members live, every six months. Because the pace of change is now so rapid.

And, remember Future Shock? Remember how easy it is to be mesmerized in the face of rapid changes, and the tendency to shut down and do nothing, rather than taking on a new game plan.

Now, here’s the really good news. These are behaviors, and learned choices!

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If you are capable of reading this, you can fix any of the issues I discussed here today.

So, here’s a simple plan you can act upon right now to be happier, more successful and fulfilled,

1. Be a better and bigger asker! Jim Rohn says the problem with most of us is that too many metaphorically go to the ocean to gather water with a thimble, instead of a bucket. Be a better and bigger asker and life rewards in kind!!!

2. Continually engage and learn! Not just practice, but all of life’s most important skills. Be willing to pay the price of success and then reap all its joy.

3.Make sure you know what you want, and continually move towards it!

Lastly, burn all your bridges to past failures. You will be glad you did.

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Patti

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Quote-Business Basics

Private Practice or Not?

Do you want to be in private practice or spend your time as an employee? That is choice all of us must make at some point in our medical careers. That’s not to say we can’t change our minds. We can. But, the first decision leads to these types of questions.

You’ve come to the end of a road. Residency and internships are wrapping up. What now?

We went to medical school not business school. Of course, most of us probably learned something about business along the way, but was it enough? If you had to decide right now how to open a successful private medical practice or transition to one, could you do it?

Do you know how to make the right decisions the first time? When it comes to things like marketing, staff planning, logo and image, are you prepared to take that step. If you’re anything like the majority of us, you can’t afford to make too many mistakes.

There are bills to be paid and loans to repay and now it’s time to get busy putting all of our years of hard work into practice. But how? How do you follow your heart and dreams of having a private medical practice and still accomplish your personal, professional and financial goals?

It can be done!

How Do You Open A Successful Private edical Practice?

Speaking honestly, that’s not a one sentence answer. It takes some knowledge and tools to do this right the first time. Personally, many of us learned a long time ago that tapping into others success and failures would shortcut our own errors. Of course, everyone will still make some, but they don’t have to be as painful. If you grab a coach along the way, life is easier.

Our team has years of experience. We’ve done everything possible to knock the bumps and bruises out of the way. Those coming out of school or switching lanes can have a smoother transition. If you’re interested in learning more, we’d like to talk to you. Together we’ll decide if you’re a good fit for our assistance.

Though we’d love to help everyone, not everyone can or will do what it takes to take their private medical practice to the next level.

Give us a call to see if we can work something out together.  339-793-8610 We will do our best to help you achieve success, if you feel you’ve got what it takes.

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Taking Command of Your Direction…

Last week, I wrote extensively on really taking command of the direction of your practice, and your life as a powerful economic stimulus. In reality, it’s all you have in private practice. There are some really simple ways to do this, but before we talk about that, here’s an “Economic Summit” reality check-up.

If I told you right now there are doctors like you doing 7 figures cash/year, would you believe me?

If not, why?

Well, here is another huge economic management tip.

Regular benchmarking of your results against your goals helps put you at the head of the class.

There is a real easy way to get this done. This tip alone might put another 10K in the income column this month.

The first thing to do is take your list of basic daily, weekly and monthly targets. Higher performing CEOs/CFOs do this daily. Use your white legal pad, but better yet for this one is an Excel spreadsheet (because you can graph it easily and tweak it in all sorts of ways).

Put your goals or targets (BOLD) on one axis, and simply enter your results on another. Save room for notes, photos, and maybe even video clips.

Next, post this somewhere you can see it all the time during the day. Admittedly in the office, maybe it’s in your portfolio, which you pull out during the day, or simply, hidden on your desktop or handheld. Just be sure to look at it at least once daily.

Here’s why this is so powerful. Because it’s a glimpse of right now.

Many people who have trouble setting goals find new life with this method. It keeps you in the moment as well. For us type A’s, it can actually be a better way of dealing with “Futurizing”, which some might say is an unhealthy psychological trait.

But to make sure your not deluding yourself, if you use daily targets, they must be the correct fraction of the weekly/monthly/yearly whole.

Just by doing this daily exercise, some great things start to happen. Many times, I have found breaking so many things in life down into daily pieces really simplifies accomplishment and helps move me forward instead of stalling or going into overwhelm…

Watch for another powerful WCS 2010 follow-Up later today…


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