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Are You Serious About Creating Dental Practice Success in 2014?

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

December 2, 2013

20384140_sIt is happening quickly, and today, as the year is winding down, there are two very conflicting mindsets present within each of us. These can destroy your chances of making any significant improvements in 2014. Are you serious about creating success for your dental practice in 2014? If you answered “Yes”, then it is urgent that you read on and get the success plan started, right now!


The first mindset I want to mention is the “Holiday Mindset” and, I know as a dental practice management consultant, I see this every year. This is especially present now as we all anticipate taking time off work to celebrate. We begin to get lazy, eat more than normal, possibly some of us sleep more than normal, you are watching more TV – football, etc, and really – just over-indulging in every possible way that we can all get away with. This is hardly a regimen to prepare for success in the New Year.

The 2nd mindset we have is what I call the “New Year Mindset.” This is where we begin to feel optimistic about next year. Most of us think to ourselves something along the lines of, “I’m ready to make this my best year ever!” or “This is the year that I’m finally going to ________!”  And some of you are saying “I’ll do that in January!” 

These are the type of good intentions that most of us begin each New Year with, so why do so few people make significant improvements in the areas of their life and business that really matter most?


If anyone was preparing for their best performance in anything—whether it is an athlete preparing for the Olympics or if we are preparing to create the most extraordinary  – profitable year we could ever imagine (in 2014)—we wouldn’t do it by engaging in habits like overeating, oversleeping, flying by the seat of our pants, glaze over all those openings in your daily schedule, leave incomplete treatment in the patient charts, allow overdue balances to continue, forget to follow up with those overdue hygiene patients, etc.  You know what I am talking about here.Female Runner

And yet, this Pre-New Year Syndrome is what precedes the New Year. In fact, the New Year is a holiday, so nearly everyone hits January 1st with what I call a “Holiday Hangover”— armed with an arsenal of bad habits that we have all developed in December. This is why, despite “good intentions,” most people don’t get the start they want to when the New Year does arrive. And how do you ever recover from your holiday hangover? This is what results in yet another year of disappointment, regret, and unfulfilled potential.

So what does that mean for your future dental practice success? What do you need to do NOW to set yourself and your dental practice up for success in 2014?


If you are serious about making 2014 your best year ever, it doesn’t start January 1stit starts TODAY. It starts right now, with the decisions you make, about how you’re going to finish off the remainder of THIS year. In other words, if you want to make 2014 your best year ever, you have to make this December your best MONTH ever.

For example, if you have a goal of running a marathon next year, don’t wait until January 1st to go out and run for the first time. You need to hit the road today. At least go run a mile tomorrow morning, and build up to 5 miles by the end of the January 2014. As a dental professional set goals to finish strong and make December the best month you have ever had! I urge you to see December as the most important month of your life—as your opportunity to become the person you need to be to create the 2014 your want, by developing the mindset, habits, and the discipline that will set you up for extraordinary success in 2014.

For over 600 dental professionals, the process of planning, preparing, and ultimately creating their best year ever in 2014 started in November when I shared my webinar with a Success Blueprint for your dental hygiene department. Many of you registered and attended my webinar on November 13 to set your sails in the right direction for 2014. You can register next week for your Treatment Planning Webinar that will occur on December 17th at 5pm Pacific. This webinar is going to be called: “3 Steps To Effective Treatment Planning In The Hygiene Room”

When you register there will be a complimentary hygiene department training video available.

Don’t want to wait until next week to register? For many of you who take today’s article seriously, you won’t want to wait and I tell you that it costs you nothing to pick up the phone or click on this link now and schedule a time to chat about your 2014. Let’s create a plan for your success and I mean success like you have never seen before!


It begins right now. Dental Practice Management Consultants have the expert knowledge and offer the best support before 2014 arrives. Hit the ground running! We invite you to SCHEDULE YOUR STRATEGY CALL NOW. JUST CLICK HERE  or call: 888-816-1511 to schedule your session. This is how your success in 2014 will begin today!

It will cost you millions if you don’t have a plan!

Please feel free to comment below and let us know what your success plan looks like.

Happy Holidays!

P.S. If you’d like to find out about coaching/consulting with our team for 2014, you can get a  a no-cost strategy call now: CLICK ON YOUR SUCCESS CALL HERE 


ME not too high jpegDebbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS, is founder of Dental Practice Solutions. She is one of Dentistry Today’s Top Consultants for the past eight years. She also has a background in academia, as a former assistant professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. She also wrote the acreditation for a new dental hygiene program in Portland, Oregon and served as their first program director for the dental hygiene school.

Debbie works with clients all over the world. She has other expert advisors who work with her. Susan Ketterer is an expert consultant who assists dental practices with the business side and back office assistants in a dental office. Debbie is the go-to expert for improving your dental hygiene department efficiencies and consistently increasing profits. She has a 30 Day Dental Hygiene Program that is no cost and guides a dental practice to implement dental hygiene department services and systems to take the practice to that next level of success.