It’s time for a little honesty. Was 2013 the best year of your life?

It should have been! Every year, month, week, or day that you walk this planet should be better than the last. Every patient exam should be the best exam you’ve ever given! Every phone call your staff answers should be the best phone call they’ve ever taken! Every training we conduct should be the best training we’ve ever done!

As human beings, we are always learning from our mistakes and improving ourselves. So if you failed to make 2013 your Best Year Ever, there is no time to waste… you must prepare NOW for 2014 or you’ll end up in the exact same position as you are today in 365 days.

To have your Best Year Ever, you need to treat your Practice like a well-oiled machine that requires some maintenance throughout the year. So regardless of whether you have been working with us for 10 years, or if you just got your Telephone Self-Study Kit last month, you need focus on building (or reinforcing) a strong foundation for your dream practice to be built on.

First, you need to define what “Best Year Ever” means to you; you have to know what you want in order to achieve it. Does taking a family vacation make it the best? Maybe it’s making more money, or shedding some extra weight. You won’t be able to achieve your personal or professional “bests” without knowing what they are first. So take some time today to identify these “bests.” Then we’ll work with you throughout the month of December — and into 2014 — with the tips and tricks you need to actually make 2014 your Best Year Ever!

#1 — Lay out your continuing education.
 Put on your calendar for next year all the appropriate events and meetings and coaching sessions that will help you move forward in your business and personal life. These are investments in yourself, and in your practice. So don’t neglect or undervalue these trainings. They will likely make or break your success in 2014.

#2 — Commit to areas you need/want to learn more about. Give it some thought, identify a few things — like technology, health and fitness, or cutting-edge techniques — and commit to making progress on them next year. Again, because this is worth repeating, you can’t achieve what you don’t know or understand.

#3 — Book your vacation time. Decide how much time you want to take off next year and put it on your calendar well in advance! This is the most important time you spend in a year. It allows you to rest, recharge, and reconnect with your loved ones. You can’t put a price on the value this adds to your life, but you will notice a big decrease in productivity if you don’t commit to making these vital days happen.

#4 — Create goals for personal health and well-being. The healthier you are, the more energy you have, and the more you can accomplish personally and professionally. Create some very specific goals, and make a significant investment in yourself next year: get that executive physical; spring for that trainer; consult a nutritionist or get on a meal program; enter some races or walk-a-thons. We guarantee you won’t regret it.

#5 — Set a Net Income goal. Write down your goal for net income next year, and then calculate what that will require per month. Don’t be modest when it comes to this number, the bigger the goal you set, the closer you’ll get to making that happen. Start dreaming big and stop thinking small!

#6 — Make a list of relationships you should eliminate. Decide what you are not going to tolerate anymore, then figure out who you should no longer have anything to do with next year to make that happen. Simply eliminate all those relationships.

#7 — Decide on the positions you should add. If you need another hygienist or therapist or front desk person, make the decision to hire them next year… then do it! We have so many tools to help you out with this process. Between Kolbe, our Ultimate Hiring Guide, and your Program Advisor, you have a small army here to make sure that your hiring is a success!

#8 — Work on your marriage or partnership. Don’t be quick to abandon a relationship when times get a little rough. Put some sincere attention in this area of your life and you will reap enormous rewards.

#9 — Calculate your Net Worth. Create an actual spreadsheet and update it accurately at least annually. Income is just one part of the equation; to calculate your Net Worth, you have to know the value of everything you own, less what you owe. Not tracking it, or worse, practicing denial, is a terrible strategy. Without this, you can’t know if your situation is improving or deteriorating.

#10 — Eliminate debt. You may not be in a position to pay off your house, your office building, etc., and become totally debt-free in one year, but at least make real progress by planning to significantly reduce your debt position next year. Attending our Financial Freedom weekend in February will be the key to being successful with your finances in 2014. It’s the single most valuable weekend you’ll ever spend.

We will be delving deeper into these strategies, and several others, in the coming weeks. So come back and check out our blog each week… you won’t want to miss the rest of this series!


— Your Scheduling Institute Team