If you’re in practice, you are probably looking to achieve greater productivity; I’m not sure who wouldn’t. However, the number one roadblock to dental practice growth may surprise you. If you are struggling to improve your practice and to increase profitability, the problem may be, well, you. I say this not in a spirit of judgment. I know this because I was there. I, too, struggled to improve my practice and to pull myself out of debt. It was only when I discovered the ways I was holding myself back that I was really able to achieve my goals. You will improve your practice by improving yourself. As you learn to identify and correct the underlying problems that stand in your way, you will probably find that your overall life improves, as well.
How Are You Standing in Your Own Way?
Time and again, I see dentists struggling valiantly to improve their businesses, yet they seem to be going about it from the top down. They invest in costly equipment, listen to motivational speakers, take seminars, and do many other things that they feel will bring them personal and professional satisfaction. Unfortunately, they continue to struggle because they are not addressing the fundamental problems. Although they intend to make true and lasting change, it doesn’t happen that way. Lasting change happens from within one’s self, and that journey is often confusing and sometime perilous! Making these internal changes requires honesty, self-assessment, and above all, bravery. It is not easy. However, once we are willing to make this commitment – and act on it – fulfillment and enjoyment are far greater more possible, even highly likely.
Coaching and Dental Practice Growth
One of my favorite parts of being a professional coach is hearing the excitement in my clients’ voices up as they discover the things that have been holding them back. What they may have been struggling with for years – if not decades – often suddenly disappears. How could this happen? One thing for sure, it’s not about making a list and doing it; anyone could do that. The path to lasting change is also not a recipe to follow. If it was, anyone could do that, too. This is where a credentialed professional coach comes in: me. I help guide you through a remarkable journey of self-discovery, self-assessment, and learning to access the knowledge already inside you.
Making Changes Now
So what kind of changes “should” you be making? The answer, of course, is different for each person. It will depend on your goals and on what you discover through the coaching process. However, in my experience, there are several common problems that may prevent from enjoying the success you desire. Some of the most common goals include:
- Improved communication skills
- Learning to “de-clutter,” to say no to the things that do not make you happy or better at what you do
- Learning to identify patient and team member needs
- Learning how to get rid of things that you tolerate
- Setting boundaries
- And more!
If you’re ready for lasting change, there’s no better time than now to get serious about it.