You brainstormed new ideas, worked with your team to create goals for your pharmacy, and spent weeks figuring out how to achieve those goals – only to get caught up in the daily grind and lose your focus. All the excitement about implementing new programs, growing your team, and establishing a high performance pharmacy culture is suddenly gone. It’s not unusual to lose sight of your goals as a business owner. In fact this happens to practically everyone, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck.Sometimes it’s difficult to stay motivated and remain focused on an important project simply because there are other things that need your attention. Even with the best of intentions, goals may get pushed aside after the initial excitement dies down. If you’ve found yourself losing the momentum to achieve your goals, here are some ways to stay motivated and get back on track:
Remind Yourself Why You Created Your Goals
When you started your pharmacy, you thought long and hard about the business you wanted to create, the team you wanted to build, the programs you wanted to implement, and the impact you wanted to make on your community. You had a vision in mind, and you spent countless hours thinking about where you wanted your pharmacy to be in the future. Perhaps you put together a business plan with goals for the first year and then maybe the next five years. When you feel like you’re in a rut, think about why you made your goals in the first place. You created goals so that you and your team could take actionable steps for improving the business, creating efficiencies and becoming more profitable. When you notice that you’ve lost some of your focus, think about the vision you had for your pharmacy and then spend some time revisiting your goals and why you made them in the first place.
Focus on How Far You’ve Come Instead of How Far You Have to Go
When you shift your perspective, you change what you see. An empowering way to make progress toward your goals is to focus on how far you’ve come instead of how far you have left to go. When you focus on the positive, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, which is an important part of achieving any goal. If you look at what you’ve already done, you will be more motivated to push yourself and your team across the finish line. It will also serve as a reminder that you making progress. There will be days where you feel like you’re just standing still, but look at your goals from a new perspective, and it will be much easier for you to see your progress as it unfolds.
Create a Culture of Accountability in Your Pharmacy
You can’t become successful on your own. Successful people always have support and people who helped them along the way. Your team is more than just the people who help run your pharmacy. They’re your accountability partners and the people who will help you reach your goals.Keeping your goals posted in your pharmacy will give you and your team a visual reminder of what you’re hoping to achieve, and help keep your entire team on track. Every month, check in on your team and have them check in on you to ensure milestones have been reached. This will allow you to see what progress is being made, as well as, give you a better idea of areas for improvement. You aren’t in this alone and by encouraging team accountability you will achieve the success you projected for your pharmacy. Ready to create goals for your pharmacy but not quite sure where to start? Download our free eBook, The Pharmacy Owner’s Guide to an Exceptionally Effective Implementation