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Is your practice mission statement displayed on your wall for patients to see? Maybe not.

Practice mission statement displayed on your wall for patients to see? Maybe not. Personal practice leadership mantra? Absolutely! For those of you living the blessing of leading a practice, it’s likely that at some point in your career you’ve momentarily lost focus. There have probably been those points in time when the phrase “what am I doing here?!” entered your mind. Heck, if you’re like me it’s possible that your mind travels there a few times before lunch most days!

We all feel overwhelmed, discouraged, unprepared or unqualified at some point in time. If the idea that ‘I went to school to be an eye doctor, not manage a practice’ ever creeps into your head, you’re not alone. One of the greatest keys to success though is remembering that truly incredible practice management is like a cross-country road trip: it takes time. Bumps happen. Sometimes you get lost or turned around.

Occasionally accidents occur. But in the end, you’ll get where you want to go as long as you remember where you’re going along the way.

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Will Tantum
Associate Editor, Practice Management for odsonfb.com. Dr. Will is a graduate of SCO and is the Practice Director at Blount County Eye Center in Maryville, TN. He writes and speaks on practice leadership and has a passion for outreach.

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