I recently sat down with a business mentor to chat about the importance of execution and completing things to the fullest. During our lunch meeting, they brought up something they call the “gift of constraints,” which ties in to the application of parameters on any project or task, with the specific intent to limit the scope so that something meaningful is accomplished.
Completed. On time. Not necessarily perfect.
Not perfect, you ask? That’s right. Perfection and execution do not go hand-in-hand. Think of it this way: Perfection is about you completing your vision of something that is ideal. Execution, on the other hand, is about others, and getting something done so that these individuals can move forward with their needs.
Execution, Not Perfection
We should strive to focus on execution, not perfection. It’s a powerful mindset, and one that encourages us to be better. In turn, we get more creative and driven results.
Applying a set of constraints is also liberating for me because it allows me to focus on the task before me, all the way to the end. When looking for ways to apply this to your rehab therapy private practice, here are a few suggestions that may help:
- When launching a proposal for your new program, ask that it be sent to you on one page. This will reduce the time that is necessary to draft and proof the proposal. It will also make sure that the proposal holds more value and meaning.
- When looking for recruitment ideas to board your next team member, ask for three specific ideas by the end of the day. These ideas can then be used as building blocks. Remember, it’s not about perfection here.
- When putting together your next marketing campaign, write out your exact budget ahead of time. A specific budget constraint will limit the possibilities and make sure you’re not all over the place.
- When holding your next staff meeting, ask each clinical lead on your team to provide an update on new program development, training, and new personnel. Better yet, limit the update to three minutes as this will ensure only efficient and relevant information is shared.
- When setting time brackets for your team meetings, make sure there is a hard stop so that all items and important topics are covered in the time allotted. This will make sure your meetings aren’t just filling up unnecessary space.
Toss perfection out the window. Stay focused on executing things until the end with the possibilities that are before you. Give it a shot and you may just be pleasantly surprised with the outcomes.
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