‘Living life to the fullest’ is something that we’ve all heard, but how seriously do we take it? Doctors and team members, all have a tendency to get stuck in our own routine, going on about the days, in a fog, doing nothing to change our direction. What would you like people to remember about you? What would you like someone to say about you at your funeral?
Define what success is for you. If we cannot define success, we cannot reach it. Stephen Covey said, “Begin with the end in mind.” This simply means having a clear vision of what we want, knowing our goals, and then continuing to make things happen. We must set our own goals and intentions, with a realization of the role that we play, adjusting our priorities, and then sharing them frequently with the people around us, especially with our teams. When we become leaders, it helps us to manage our dreams and makes it more likely to achieve. This is a best practice for success whether you’re leading a small office or multiple practices. Then, periodically bring your focus back to your goal to make sure you’re still on track.
The dash serves as a representation of our time here on the earth that may be but a small little line, but it stands for so much more. It’s our footprint, our culture, and our legacy. We are the only ones in control of our lives, and when the dash ends it’s too late. It does not matter what we did yesterday, but what we are doing now and moving forward. The challenges that are placed in our path should be looked at as gifts of opportunity to grow. It’s surprisingly easy to drift away from what’s most important to us. When we actually write down our mission and review it frequently, it starts to become personal nature; the standard in which we measure our lives, helping us to ensure that we don’t meander off course. But keep in mind to never hesitate to update or change your course in order to continue growth. Live up to your potential, take action, and be the best you can be.
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~Abraham Lincoln