How good are you at pool? It’s about FOCUS

Dental Practice Management

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.

  1. Avoid trying to do everything all the time. Delegate tasks you don’t need to mess with.
  2. Avoid trying to be everything to everyone; you can’t.
  3. Take excellent care of yourself – physically, spiritually, emotionally – and have healthy relationships with all around you.
  4. Always have a plan. If you don’t know where you’re headed, you won’t get there.
  5. Protect yourself from people who drain you, and end all toxic relationships.
  6. Avoid isolating yourself; make sure you have a few close friends you can talk things over with.
  7. 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!

By | 2018-01-17T05:00:17+00:00 December 1st, 2017|dental practice management|0 Comments

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