In order to achieve anything in life, you have to have goals. And if you want to live a full, successful life on your own terms rather than feeling dictated and controlled by your practice, those goals have to be at the center of everything you do. Goal-setting is a common practice among business leaders, but it’s all too easy to lose your focus amid the trials of life and forget the ultimate “why” behind them all: why you do what you do. Without this “why,” you definitely will get knocked off your path. Without this “why,” even getting through a normal day can be difficult.
However, asking the right questions can help you reevaluate and recommit to your goals so you can keep your “why” in focus and continue to move forward strong.
- What is the purpose of my practice? What purpose does your practice really serve in your life? This may not be as obvious as it might appear on the surface. Really think about this.
- Why do you go to work every day? What do you get out of all this? What gets you up to work every day, and how does any of this benefit you?
- What do you think you SHOULD get out of all this? What do you think your practice should be giving you? What do you think you should have as a result of what you do?
- Is there a difference between those two answers? Why? When there’s a difference between reality and expectation, there’s stress. This can make practicing medicine and achieving your goals more difficult. Identifying the disconnect can help you face it.
- What would need to change to reconcile those two answers? Think about practical things that could close the gap between what you think you should be getting and what you actually are.
- What are you willing to do to make that happen? These are the steps you’re willing to take in all areas of your life, but particularly in your practice, to change so you are getting what you think you should be.
- What tools will you need to use to make that happen? Change doesn’t happen just by willing it—you’ll need tools and resources to make it possible. What will you need?
- What people around you will help you make that happen? Why should they care? You can’t achieve your goals and make changes in your life or practice without help. It’s important to know who will be helping you and why they should bother.
- How will you know if you get off track? It’s so easy to get off track and not notice. What measures will you put in place to test how you’re following your goals?
Answering these questions not only helps you focus on your “why,” but also to refine your goals and give you practical things to achieve. It tells you exactly why you’re in practice and everything you need to do to work toward living the kind of life you want to live.
Goal-setting is a big part of everything we do here at Top Practices. If you’re struggling with your practice and want to take next steps, working through your goals with our Mastermind Group might be what you need. Connect with us for more information or to get started today! Just e-mail Answers@TopPractices.com or call (717) 725-2679.