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Community Pharmacy Owners: What are you thankful for this year?

Posted by Benjamin Coakley on Thu, Dec 04, 2014 @ 07:22 PM

One of the wisest men I ever met told me something extremely important earlier this year.  He saidcommunity pharmacy owners: what are you thankful for? that every year during the holiday season, he goes away (for him it is hiking in the mountains where he has no cell phone signal) and spends an entire day reflecting on all the things that happened to him that year. He said that he always comes out of that day very thankful for his life because he realizes all his blessings. He also said that he is able to see the difference he makes in this world.  I found myself asking the question, "Why doesn't everyone, and particularly pharmacy owners, do this?"  I believe the answer to this question revolves around the facts that it is difficult to do and some people don't want to know these things because they are scared of what they might be.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas is staring us right in the face.  This can be a hectic time of year with all the shopping, decorating, cooking, cleaning, as well as a huge list of other things.  And to top it off, add owning and operating a pharmacy to that list as well. With all these things occurring at one time, you may be asking yourself the question, "How can I possibly find some time in all this chaos to reflect on the past year?" 

The answer is actually quite simple.  All these things that add tremendous joy and stress to your life create the need to take some time and get away to reflect on the things that have happened over the past year. You need to block it out in your calendar and find a place to go where you will not be bothered. This should help recharge your batteries, and who couldn't use that at this point in the year.  Did I mention that it's flu and cold season again?  So, how do you adequately reflect on this past year?  We think you have to ask yourself the right questions.  Below are some good questions that can help you with this project.

  1. How have I improved as a person and pharmacy owner this past year?
  2. Why was this year better in the pharmacy than last year?
  3. How can I make more progress towards my vision for my life and my pharmacy next year?
  4. How have my goals changed over the past year?
  5. What would my employees say about the past year in the pharmacy?
  6. What is the one thing I would want my patients to say about my pharmacy over the past year?
  7. If I could do this past year over again, what are the three things I would change?
  8. If I am doing this again in one year, what would have to happen for this to be the best year of my life and for my pharmacy?
  9. What am I thankful for this year?

After you have gone through this exercise it is important to think of some ways to incorportate what you have learned into your calendar and thought process over the next year. The best way is to pick three things that you are going to consistently do for the next year. You will then repeat this process over and over again.  You will make tremendous strides in having the life you want inside and outside of pharmacy by doing this.

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Our mission is to help independent community pharmacy owners achieve all their goals and dreams, inside, outside and after their life in pharmacy. In doing so, we are helping independent community pharmacies remain independent and thrive for many years to come.

When a pharmacist reaches out to us for information and help, we give them as much free value as possible. In addition to providing educational, self-assessment and strategic planning tools, we invite qualified pharmacists into our formal discovery process.

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