If you find that your dental practice has stagnated in any area: growth, teamwork, innovation, or even your own vision of what is possible, you will not be able to get out of that stagnation the same way you got into it.

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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

— Albert Einstein

How do you get out of that level of consciousness at the root of your current predicament? You must change your level of consciousness by uprooting the very ideas that created your current circumstances. As a leader, it takes tremendous courage to say, even to yourself, “Well, I got us into this. I must be the one to steer us out.”

Let me tell you a story. The following is an excerpt from my book, Extraction: The Surprising New Formula to Systemize, Scale and Sell Your Business.

Extraction by Dr. Jack Bayramyan - Dental Practice

Within three months of owning my practice, and while working at two other practices as an associate, my office manager abruptly resigned from her position. I quickly realized that I had not just lost an office manager, but also our ability to bill and collect the money we earned. The administrative process for Medicaid claims is highly sensitive and tedious. It took months for me to be able to find, hire, and train a new office manager, during which time I felt like I was running out of oxygen and gasping for air to survive.

Cash for a business is like oxygen for the body. My cash flow was diminishing, and, at that time, I did not know how to accurately obtain data to diagnose the problem. Anxiety took over and I started having frequent panic attacks. Once again, my poverty mindset and my fear of overcoming destitution was at the forefront of my mind. I had finally opened my own practice with the opportunity to achieve the financial freedom I desired since I was a child.

And then overnight, this dream had quickly transformed to feel like a noose around my neck. I spent countless nights succumbing to the terror that I would not be able to live up to the many financial obligations that loomed over my head.

I realized that my only way out of my panic was to diagnose the problem, and to do that, I needed accurate data. Our practice was filled with manual charts and paper claims. I knew that I had to invest in digital systems so that I could gain control over the data which, in turn, would help me to diagnose and treat the cash flow disease of my practice accurately. At that moment, I was so grateful for the bank underwriter who had insisted that I get an additional working capital loan.

I invested in updating our practice management software and digitizing my whole practice. I also bargained with my cousin for IT and networking services in exchange for free lifetime dentistry. Eight months after my office manager had abandoned us, we finally started getting real data, and the truth was painful.

-Chapter 1: Choosing What Defines You, Extraction: The Surprising New Formula to Systemize, Scale and Sell Your Practice.

I was in quite a pickle, but my stressed out mindset was not going to get my dental practice out of the situation it was in. I had to change my mindset; I had to change the actual operations in my practice in order for me to understand the data; and finally, I needed to ask for help.

These were not easy lessons or actions for me to take but they were necessary in order for me to understand my problem, diagnose it and then solve it. I had to change myself before I changed by business strategy.

How to Apply Point A to Your Dental Practice

Your first step is always assessing your point A, your current GPS. You must take some time to assess and take inventory of where you are and where your dental practice has ended up. This allows you to take a 10,000-foot view. Doing that will literally raise your level of consciousness and allow you to begin to see solutions where before you only saw problems and obstacles.

But how? You must start with your mindset, then you must analyze the raw data of your dental practice; finally, you need to ask for help. These steps are never easy for any of us, but they are the necessary prescription for diagnosis. And you are not alone. The reason I and my partner, Josh Gwinn, created Optimize Practice Services was to partner with other dentists just like myself. I learned through a lot of trial and error what works and what doesn’t. Now I want to help you.

Josh and I have a motto, we are dedicated to keeping the future of dentistry with dentists. It is our mandate, our vision and our passion to help dentists define their greatest visions for their practices, their teams and their legacies. Take our free assessment to find out if working with us is right for you.

“The future of dentistry belongs with dentists.”