Oral Surgery of Westchester December 2018

2975 Westchester Avenue, Suite G02, Purchase, NY 10577

• www.oralsurgeryofwestchester.com

I will always look back on 2018 fondly. This was the year my twin boys started third grade and became really excited about baseball, the year my twin girls were in seventh grade and got passionate about dance, and the first full year we ran our Stamford practice. There were plenty of good memories and lessons learned.

My partner, Dr. Michael Graffeo, and I learned a lot about managing the added workload and the responsibility of running multiple offices. It was hectic at times, but we will begin 2019 stronger than we were before. There was a lot of planning and hard work done last year, though that will never really end. As we start the new year, I will continue working




hard and improving each aspect of our practice. I’ve always worked hard to keep growing, personally and professionally; I’m dreaming up new goals each day and crafting plans to achieve them. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 2018 — and throughout my career as a whole — it’s that you cannot underestimate the power of setting small, realistic goals. There are some who say it’s best to aim high, claiming that even if you come up short, you’re further along than where you started. However, this isn’t really how goal setting — and the psychology behind it — actually works. Setting a goal to increase business by 10 percent in six months sounds great, but what happens when the six months are up and you’re only halfway there? A 5 percent increase is significant, but when compared to an unrealistic expectation, it seems like a failure.

But attainable goals are essential when it comes to success. Each goal reached, no matter how small, propels you to set your next goal, causing a domino effect. As the former editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, Michael Korda, once said, “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” However, it’s important to recognize the difference between attainable goals and “easy” goals. If you set a goal and think it will be easy to achieve, then it’s not a goal — it’s a to-do list. Achieving a goal should push you out of your comfort zone and propel you forward. As you look ahead to 2019 and plan your goals for the new year, I encourage you to be ambitious, set realistic goals, and be patient with your progress. Success is a marathon, not a sprint. –Dr. Harrison Linsky Westchester Office • 914-251-0313

Many people become frustrated when facing stagnant progress and give up their goals altogether, reverting to what they knowworks.



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