A new twist on Resolutions

It is on this day that many of us will make New Year's Resolutions with no real intention of keeping them for very long.  We pledge to eat better, watch less TV or get that closet straightened up - finally.  Many of us will make "professional" resolutions like to do more with staff education or to improve accounts receivable.

But this year, I challenge you to do something a little different.  "Resolutions" are known for failing far more than they succeed.  So this year, pick two "goals" and develop a plan to make them happen.

What's the Difference?

A resolution is generally a plan to change your behavior from a bad habit to a good one.  A goal is a desired outcome that you can plan for and start taking steps to make it happen, adjusting along the way if necessary.

Why Two?

I always recommend you make two big goals for the year.  One personal and one professional.  We all have many things we need to accomplish in both our personal and professional lives.  But by breaking them down to two, you have to consider it all and identify what matters most to you right now.  As you put your energy into your biggest priorities, the others either start falling into place or quit mattering as much.

For Me?

Professionally, I expect this is going to be a big year.  We have some big changes in the practice planned and will require some serious attention.  I must get a better handle on the strategy we incorporate in our optical and with our third party billing.  Leadership OD will be continuing to develop new programs and new relationships.

After looking through all I need to accomplish this year, I have decided to pick a primary professional goal for the year.  In 2013, I will develop and bring to market one new interactive tool that will help doctors run their practice better.  Step 1 - get feedback for what is needed.

Personally, I need a great deal of work.  My diet seems to be getting worse and worse.  I am not getting any younger, but still have no idea where I stand with blood pressure or cholesterol.  My health needs maintenance, but also this year, I will have one child turn into a teenager and one teenager turn into a driver.  My primary personal goal for the year is to watch one movie per month as a family - all year long.

The movies will happen. The health stuff - we'll see.

I thank you for a great 2012 and look forward to staying in touch throughout the new year.


Very truly yours,