Creating a well-thought-out budget, developed with the input and approval of your leadership team, will set you up for success in the upcoming year. 

Okay – confession time. Creating and sticking to a budget has not been one of my natural energizing talents as a practice owner.  When my thoughts turned to the formulation of a budget, these are the thoughts that quickly followed:

  • Drudgery
  • Restrictive 
  • Tedious 
  • Uninspiring 

After all, I lead with passion and charisma! I’m a champion who effectively communicates our mission and values. It works out great…. well… sort of.  

Reframing my view of the budgeting process has made me realize that I have stumbled upon a winning combination:  

Healthy Culture + Achieved Budget  = 
15 to 20% Consistent Profitable Growth

Healthy culture and budgetary success both require intentional discipline, focus and commitment.  If you want to have a practice that is growing and thriving, you must be committed to this process.  

Step 1. A mindset of success

Step 2. Suspend Disbelief

Step 3. Input  

Step 4. DO NOT change

Step 5. Build rituals

The mind is powerful – either for success or failure.  

As Henry Ford said;  “If you think you can do a thing, or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

The most powerful way to shape your mind is to write.  I recommend writing what I call a Success Vision Budget Script.

Grateful to be on this journey with you,

Dr. Matthew Harkness

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