Business coaching has become increasingly popular, among small business owners and Fortune 500 companies alike. More and more business practitioners are seeking guidance as they further their personal and professional growth. It is no different for dentists. As the owner of your own practice, you could enjoy greater satisfaction and success with the help of a dental coach.
However, a coach is different from a dental consultant. As a coach, my job is to help you help yourself. You must be ready to take an honest look at your practice and personal life. Most importantly, you must be willing to make real changes in the areas that need the most improvement. Because dental coaching is a highly personal experience, not everyone is ready for the journey. The following quiz may help you determine whether dental coaching is right for you.
Dental Coaching Quiz
Everyone has had past events and experiences that have influenced their life in the present. When it comes to your past, which of the following applies:
- I have embraced my past. I recognize that all events – good and bad – have shaped the person I am today. I am ready to meet the challenges of the future.
- I would rather not think about the past. It just gets me too upset and makes my doubt my personal worth.
- I am still working through past issues. The past still gets me down but I know that I will prevail.
Which of the following best describes your ideas about the future?
- I have dreams and goals for my future, but I just don’t know how to achieve them.
- I’m not concerned about the future. I live for today.
- I feel a vague yearning for something more, but I can’t articulate what it is I want.
Are you a habitual person?
- I have my methods, but I am more than willing to change if I discover a better way of doing things.
- If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
- I’m still discovering the way I like to do things.
Why are you considering dental coaching?
- I am looking to increase my practice success, my employees’ happiness, and my patient’s satisfaction. I desire a sense of personal fulfillment and a better work/family balance. I want to reclaim my passion for dentistry.
- I want to increase profitability and marketing.
- Someone suggested it, and it kind of seemed like a good idea.
If you answered mostly A’s: Congratulations! You are ready for dental coaching. Coaching is neither personal therapy nor business consultation. Rather, it is about clarifying your personal and professional goals, so that you can make those goals a reality. You seem to have clear ideas about what you want, and you are ready for the next step.
If you answered mostly B’s: You do not seem ready for coaching. As a candidate for dental coaching, you should be at peace with yourself and your past. You should be able to honestly assess your business practices and make changes for greater success and development. Additionally, while dental coaching can help with profitability and marketing, the ultimate goal has more to do with your inner growth. If your goals are more financial in nature, you may benefit more from a consultant than a coach.
If you answered mostly C’s: You could benefit from dental coaching – but not yet. Before hiring a coach, write down some personal and professional goals. At your coaching sessions, you will learn how to clarify and achieve these objectives. You should also take steps towards a greater sense of inner peace. If you have unresolved issues in your past, consider talking to a therapist. After just a bit of prep work, dental coaching will be the next big step!
Still Not Sure?
If you are still uncertain about whether or not you would benefit from coaching, I am happy to provide a complimentary consultation. This will give you a good idea of what coaching is all about, and you can decide whether it is right for you.