Setting the 3-year vision

Last week I invested a lot of time in establishing my personal and professional vision for 2016.

Chatting to a friend on Tuesday morning he commented that on trying the same, he found himself staring at a blank sheet and suffering a form of writer’s block. Nothing happening.

So his question was “what do I need to do to kick-start myself into this vision process?”

I asked him to use his pen and journal and construct two columns on a page as follows:


  • Self
  • Family
  • Social
  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Spiritual


  • Finances
  • Marketing
  • The Patient Experience
  • Operational
  • Team
  • Expansion or Exit-strategy

That done, I asked him to add a main heading to the top of the page.

31st December 2018

His assignment is to fashion a paragraph under each of the 12 categories, describing what he wants his life to look like on that date.

That’s how to set a 3-year vision.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.