There are many good questions to ask yourself before you begin floating down the same path in your dental practice as that which you took this year. Did you reach all your goals? Did you establish clear cut goals to reach in the first place? Are there other goals you should be aspiring to reach? Are you happy with the way your practice life is translating over into your personal life? Could both of these lives be better? What marketing strategies are working? Do you need to increase your dental office’s online presence? If so, what concrete steps will you take to do this? Are there office duties that are taking up too much of your time that could be accomplished with delegation to another staff member or outside company? Are there items that need to be addressed with employees at a year-end evaluation? These are good questions to ponder before the end of the year, every year. Starting now gives you a head start on the competition.

Lance Armstrong began his focused Tour de France training November 1, while others waited until New Year’s Day to start aggressively training. Seven Tour victories later, we know how well this approach worked out for him. Take time now to evaluate your books and your existing practice protocol. If you feel there is room for improvement, by all means, implement the changes necessary to take your practice to the next level.