Set Practice Resolutions that Stick

 
 
 
 

I’m super excited to be starting off the New Year with you, and I wanted to kick 2017 off by talking about New Year’s resolutions.

This is such an important time of the year for a lot of people where we’re thinking about…

What do you want to achieve in the next year of your practice?

What do you want to achieve in the next year of your life?

And the irony is that, for a lot of people, New Year’s resolutions will only last for a couple of weeks. They end up falling to the wayside.

So I want to tackle why resolutions don’t work, and I’m going to give you my 3-step framework that I love to use, so not only am I setting resolutions that actually stick, but actually achieve them and do it in a way that can happen very quickly.

You know I was just in the gym to start the year on a healthy note, and it was completely crowded. I struck up a conversation with one of the managers there, and she said, “in a couple of weeks, it’s going to be completely empty. A lot of people who set the resolution to lose weight or get fit just give up.”

So let’s take a second and think about why?

Think about you for a second…

What are your goals for the new year? What do you want to accomplish in your practice?

Do you want to see more patients? Generate more revenue? Have more free time, so you’re not spending so much time working on your practice?

Let’s look at this and first figure out why those goals typically don’t get met.

MAKING RESOLUTIONS TOO GENERAL

The first thing I look at is that New Year’s resolutions are really broad and non-specific. Like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to start my own practice” or “I want to build a better practice” or “I want to have more time with my family.”

And we start off the year with all of this excitement of what that’s going to look like. Then a couple of weeks later, that daily grind starts to kick in.

The same routines, thoughts, and fears that we kept in the year before pop back up and chip away at that bigger goal that we start the new year with.

So this big goal that we have gets put on the back burner and we wake up thinking, “why the heck did that happen?!?”

3-STEP FRAMEWORK

Here’s what I’m going to do for you…

I want to give you the 3 steps that I’ve used personally in my own practice and now apply in my own life, so you know how to make New Year’s resolutions that actually stick and work!

STEP #1: BUILD YOUR FUTURE FOCUS

This is the first step to set goals and crush them in the new year.

Here’s what I mean by “future focus:”

I want you to take the big practice/lifestyle goal that you have for this year and ask yourself, “what is the future version of myself look like if I achieve that goal?”

So if you want to generate more revenue in your practice as an example, ask yourself, “what does that look like for me?”

What does it feel like to be generating more revenue? How much revenue do you want to generate?

What can that do for my family, my loved ones, my lifestyle?

So using the concept of “future focus,” it’s about really conceptualizing that this resolution or goal means to you.

What does that look like for you specifically?

And I want you to get SUPER DETAILED with this! So detailed that you can actually picture it and describe it.

So if you and I are sitting down having a cup of coffee, you could say exactly what this looks like for you.

That’s what is going to make this resolution feel really tangible, like you can actually achieve, and so you also start to know what that feels like.

It’s not just an idea that floating out there.

You know what seeing more patients means to you. You know what having more freedom in your practice means to you. You know what being able to generate more revenue, so you can take a vacation with your family for the first time, means to you.

So that’s step #1. Identify what is your future focus and describe that very specifically on what does this goal or resolution mean to you.

STEP #2: CREATE A DAILY HABIT

The next step I like to do is figure out one daily habit that I can do to start putting my resolution into action.

So when thinking about your goals for the new year, what is one small step you can do every day to achieve it?

If your goal is to generate more revenue in your practice, what’s one daily habit you can do to put that goal in motion?

And I’ll tell you, my #1 favorite daily habit that I like to do, regardless of what the goal is, is take 5 minutes to start off my day and visualize it. Purely picture what that goals looks like when I achieve it.

Start off the day with the mindset that I know exactly what I’m aiming for.

And that’s such a simple step that I would aim for, because even if you only do this, it’s going to help frame your mindset and your energy back to that future focus.

So everything that you’re doing that day is going to be centered on that goal, and you’re not going to get distracted by things that maybe steer you off-course.

STEP #3: SET MINI MILESTONES

One of the big reasons why people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions is that it feels like a really big goal they have to reach and not feel sure on how to reach it because it feels so far in the future.

So I want to take that future focus, that big goal you want to achieve this year, and figure out what are the mini milestones you can create to make it happen.

Creating mini milestones will help you figure out what you want to execute in the next week, in the next month, and in the next quarter, and literally take your big goal and break it down at those levels.

That’s what I’ve found to work best for me. I like to look at every quarter, every month, and every week, then ask myself, what do I need to do to move that goal forward in each of these stages?

This allows you to work backwards from your big goal. Start 12 months down the road from today, and work back every quarter, month and week, so it doesn’t feel like the goal is overwhelming.

It actually feels like something you can achieve very easily and in a step-wise manner, so it doesn’t stress you out or you don’t put your goal on hold by getting lost in the routine.

Plus you can then wake up in a few weeks or months down the road, and see that you’re already starting to achieve the goals that you want.

And you’re already building the type of practice and life that you want.

THE BIG TAKEAWAY

I wanted to give you this 3-step framework to setting practice resolutions, because it’s been so empowering to put this into practice in my own life.

And since it is the start of the new year and new beginnings, I know your brain is thinking, “what can I do differently this year?”

I want to make sure you’re creating resolutions that actually stick, and I’d love to hear what you got out of this 3-step framework.

Go ahead and post a comment below to let me know what you thinking of using these ideas of using a future focus, creating a daily habit, and setting mini milestones to put your resolution into action.

I hope this helps give you an awesome start to the new year. I’m excited for the year ahead to help you, as always, build a practice with more freedom.

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