Re-learning some of the childlike ways of thinking that years of formal education has taken away that can actually help your practice.
As a dentist you have endured many years of formal education, practice, and honing your expertise to develop your skills. We trained a long time to earn the ‘dentist title’, and learned more than you ever thought you could in dental school. But one thing formal education does is ‘beat’ your natural innate ‘success drivers’ out of you. So I want to share some insight on how thinking more like a kid again can actually grow your practice.
In higher education you are told every day to grow up. It is a continual progress to leave our child-like state behind and adopt more adult ways of thinking and acting. Being an adult is being responsible and becoming a productive member of society, at least that’s what we’ve been told.
But if you really think about it, children have a unique way of viewing the world that adults need to be reminded of. Children are programed at birth for success. They are meant to learn at an exponential rate over a few short years. Children have to learn and master complex tasks that we take for granted. And to do this, they must adopt a different perceptive on the whole process.
So I’m going to give you three plans of attack, straight from the kids, you need to work on going forward.
Click on the video image below to watch.
If you’ve been around a young child any amount of time you have probably heard them ask ‘Why?’ countless times. And that’s something as an adult we veer away from. In dental school you are taught to ask how, not why. But ‘how’ is just steps. It’s processes. Why is purpose; what is your intent?
This is the first question I ask my private clients any time they introduce a new idea for their practice. Why do you want to do that? I’m not shutting down their idea. I am making them think through the process of why they want to do it to determine if it will really get you to the results you want.
Do you have an ideal a new patient offer you want to market? Why would your patients be interested in this?
Want to buy a new machine? Why do you think you need this for your office, what are you hoping to accomplish with it?
Always question the why. This will help you in your decision making process, and help you make better informed decisions going forward. Because if you’re clear on the ‘why’ before you even start something new, you will find you will create better results in the end.
Take a few minutes to watch the video above where I walk you through the next two kid questions you should be asking yourself and how you can apply them to grow your practice and your business.
In this video, you’ll learn about:
- How thinking like a kid can grow your practice
- Three questions to ask yourself before making decisions
- To always ask yourself why