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Make Time for Goals and Chiropractic Success!

Posted on January 5th, 2010 by Dr. James

So this morning I sat down to check some messages and tweets on Twitter and IT happened: . . . One of those rare 140 character or less tweets that engages you and makes you think. (Sometimes they are few and far between).  A friend, @UnlimitedLeads, posed a great question:

What are my three biggest goals for 2010?

Now I have to be honest: I hadn’t taken the time to sit down and write out a list of goals for 2010.  That’s not to say I didn’t come up with a list of goals, I just didn’t write them down.

Goals are so much more tangible and somehow more meaningful when you can hold them in your hand and look at them with your own eyes.  Writing out a list of goals makes you much more likely to commit to accomplishing them.  Making a  list of goals to accomplish is vital for personal success. 

Listing goals is no less important for the growth and prosperity of a chiropractic practice.  If you haven’t done so I urge you to take 5 or 10 minutes and write out a list of 10 goals for you and your chiropractic practice for 2010. 

This morning’s innocent tweet was great because it also made me think in a different frame of mind.  I generally spend a lot of time setting very specific goals.  Specificity is great, but this morning I realize it can sometimes hinder your potential for success when it comes to setting goals.

There is a certain creativity that is lost if you only make a list of specific goals.  This morning I was challenged to list my three biggest goals for 2010.  This forced me to come up with a list of 3 broad goals for 2010.  The beauty of making broad goals is the door is left wide open as to how you go about meeting these goals. What a great way to get those creative juices flowing!

I encourage you to make 2 separate lists of goals for your chiropractic practice for 2010.  Make the first a list of 10 or so specific goals.  You can be very specific and detailed.  List statistics you want to meet or exceed and even describe exactly how you plan to accomplish these goals. 

Make your second list 3 broadly defined goals for your chiropractic practice.  These can be as simple as:  “improve the chiropractic knowledge of my patients” or “learn a new treatment technique to offer my chiropractic patients”.

I think this will work great for you in 2010.  Now that we have our lists we need to keep them somewhere they won’t be lost and forgotten.  I’ve copied my lists and posted them at home and the office.  I’ve even posted my three main goals on the dry erase board in my office for all patients to see!  I can think of no better way to stay on purpose and focused then having my chiropractic patients holding me accountable! 

Happy 2010 @UnlimitedLeads and thanks for a great tweet that made me think!

Now I’d like to know YOUR goals.  Tell me readers, what are your 3 main goals for 2010?  Take the poll here, use the form below, or contact us!  I look forward to hearing and discussing all of your great responses!

-Dr. James

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