When I reflect back on years where I was most profitable and productive, it was the years I kept my focus.
When I think about the games of pool I lost to my son, I think about how I wasn’t focused on the cue ball – and the 8-ball!
One of the most important elements of leading a dental team and providing outstanding care is staying focused. This is a really hard thing to do day in and day out, years on end, and there are few – if any – who are able to maintain that focus throughout their career. Even the top professional athletes struggle to maintain that focus for long periods of time.
Is there a secret to maintaining focus for an entire career? If there is, I don’t know it, but what I do know is that there are ways to minimize the lack of focus.
- Avoid trying to do everything all the time. Delegate tasks you don’t need to mess with.
- Avoid trying to be everything to everyone; you can’t.
- Take excellent care of yourself – physically, spiritually, emotionally – and have healthy relationships with all around you.
- Always have a plan. If you don’t know where you’re headed, you won’t get there.
- Protect yourself from people who drain you, and end all toxic relationships.
- Avoid isolating yourself; make sure you have a few close friends you can talk things over with.
- Get help to keep you on your ‘A’ game. A coach is a great way to achieve that.
As we move into the New Year, consider being honest with yourself about maintaining a stronger focus this coming year than you did last year.
And for me, I need to play pool more often and practice my own focus!