Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Eye Catching: Let's Chat,” a blog series featuring contributions from members of the ophthalmic community. These blogs are an opportunity for ophthalmic bloggers to engage with readers with about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The series continues with this blog by Donna Suter, president of Suter Consulting Group. The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of Ophthalmology Times or UBM Medica.
Confession number one: I am the queen of making promises.
“I’ll never do that again!”
“I’ll never say that again…”
“I am going to change beginning right now.”
Many such promises are forgotten within hours. At the heart of most of us is the desire of change.
Confession number two: Sometimes, I feel like a loser.
However, once I mentally review the facts and hang out with people who value my worth, I’m able to snap back. I need to remind myself that there is a bigger picture, and discouragement is only a temporary setback.
Often, false promises and self-doubt can rear their ugly heads when it comes to practice management.
Being successful as a small business owner in today’s healthcare climate takes hard work. The small things that hinder our progress add up, yet we tend to ignore these things: personal use of time, personnel, and money management. These three things will make or break most practices.