I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.

A goal is like a compass. It helps you focus on where you want to go in life and make positive progress in getting there. However, it’s important to clarify your goals from time to time. You’ll want to make it as easy as possible for you to reach them.

It may take some time on your part, but you have a much better chance at success when you write out detailed instructions for yourself instead of vague ideas. Not only do you know exactly what you need to do, but such plans also tend to invigorate you with more enthusiasm.

Follow these 6 tips to clarify your goals:

1. Figure out your ultimate goal. What exactly do you want? Instead of a goal like “I want to be successful,” Get down to the specifics, such as: “I want to begin my own business, which brings in at least $10,000 per month.”

2. Don’t be afraid of the details. You make the ultimate decision on what you want. Just don’t be afraid to set the details. Avoid goals like: I want to be rich because there is no detail. You want things like:

    • How much money do you want to make? Why? What will this money provide for you that you desire?
    • What lifestyle do you want? Cars, homes, ability to travel the world, philanthropy?
    • How do you want to earn this money?
    • When do you want this to happen?
    • How can you prepare for this?

3. Break up your goals. When you stare at the ultimate goal, it may seem intimidating and unattainable. It’s essential to break up your main goal into smaller goals. Write out a detailed plan about how you’ll reach each of the smaller goals. For example, if you want to start your own business, a small goal would be to research your local and federal business laws and register a company name.

4. Give yourself deadlines. It’s vital to give you a set deadline so that you’ll know you’re making progress towards your goals. Each of your small goals should have an attainable deadline. In the business example above, maybe you’d be giving yourself a week’s time to research different business structures and laws.

5. Keep track. Make detailed notes about what you have done so far. Keeping track of your progress will help you stay organized and on top of your goals.

6. Make alternative plans. Sometimes you won’t be able to make the deadline you have set out for yourself. Or maybe you’ll be unable to follow through with the current plan entirely. It’s important to take time and think of alternatives in case certain situations don’t work out in your favor. If you already have backup plans in place, you’ll save time if you run into snags on the way to your goals.

Lastly, get organized. Organization can mean keeping all of your detailed plans in journals in a binder with tabs for easy access to your various set of notes. Alternatively, you may opt to keep your material organized by using project management software on your computer. Just remember to make backups of your digital information so that you don’t lose it.

No matter what method you’ve chosen, determine the details. Set small attainable goals that lead towards your ultimate goals, be flexible so you can conquer challenges, and keep track of your progress. Doing these things will bring you ultimate clarity and success.

Once you clarify your goals, check out our blog here on how you can use positive delusions to reach those goals.


I am Dr. Hassan, Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go up to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up your free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.


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