Michelle Hardman on Setting Goals for the New Year | GP 47

Michelle Hardman on Setting Goals for the New Year | GP 47

Thinking about setting goals for the New Year? What professional advice can you follow to set goals for yourself and your practice that will stick? What mindset can you have about goal-setting that will allow you to make flexible yet versatile goals?

In this podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon speaks with Michelle Hardman about setting goals for the New Year.

Meet Michelle Hardman

Even though she knew at 15 years old she wanted to be a therapist, life always has some interesting detours! After nearly 16 years in corporate human resources leadership, Michelle decided to follow her dream to counsel people in the context of their whole life rather than just their career life.

Now, as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and owner of a successful private practice, Michelle enjoys working with adults who have anxiety and/or trauma histories. Michelle is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, teaching curricula based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. While Michelle is honored to be in this clinical space, she still loves all things “business!” By leveraging her unique combination of business and clinical experience, as well as her MBA in strategic management, she is an exceptional business coach to fellow practice owners and other helping professionals.

By taking a values-based approach to building a business, Michelle supports clinicians/helping professionals align their business approaches in marketing, branding, networking, and business planning to their core values; thereby reducing the overwhelm and increasing joy and fulfillment! Plus, by creating invaluable tools such as The Primed Planner™, Michelle is committed to empowering amazing clinicians/helping professionals become confident business owners!

Visit her website and her counseling website and get in touch via email: grow@theprimedpractice.com

In This Podcast


  • Goal-setting strategy
  • CLEAR goals

Goal-setting strategy

I think goal-setting really needs to start with, in my opinion, your core values and your why because those, if you think about building a house, are your foundation blocks that you’re going to build everything else on. (Michelle Hardman)

Staying in touch with why you became a therapist and perhaps why you wanted to build and own a group practice in the first place are important things to keep in mind because they are the propellers that drive you and your ambitions.

Your core values on the other hand are like the compass that guides you in your right direction. When you work with these two things, your propellors and your compass, you stay in alignment between yourself and the direction that you would like your practice to move in.

In another way, your values act as filters to keep you on track instead of getting caught off balance by any old interesting thing that comes along.

CLEAR goals

C: Collaborative

Collaboration is required within the team so that everyone on board knows what the goals of the practice are. Therefore, the practice then becomes a joint community working towards a particular direction.

L: Limited

This is limited in scope and duration. When you set a goal, try to keep it within a certain scope or area and within a certain time limit, otherwise, your goal may become too expansive and loose-ended for it to come to fruition.

E: Emotional

The goal should resonate with you. Goals do not have to only be numbers and metrics; by ensuring that your goals resonate with you and is attached to your why, it can really stick well and you would be looking forward to accomplishing it.

A: Appreciable

Break your goal down into smaller pieces. Action precedes motivation, so when you simply begin with the smallest steps your motivation grows and momentum is built.

R: Refinable

This is also synonymous with ‘recalculating’. Your goals need to be flexible and agile and you need to be honest with yourself when it needs to change. Consider changing your perception of it as recalculating so that you do not get stuck in a downward spiral when things do not go exactly according to plan.

Here, it is important to remember your core values as a filter to know when to shift, change, or release goals if need be.

Use the code: 21GRPGOALS – and get 10% off any of the planning tools in the shop – including The Primed Planner – through the end of December this year!

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Meet Alison Pidgeon

A portrait of Alison Pidgeon is shown. She discusses ways to grow your group practice on this week's episode of Practice of the Practice. Alison is a serial entrepreneur with four businesses, one of which is a 15 clinician group practice. She’s also a mom to three boys, wife, coffee drinker, and loves to travel. She started her practice in 2015 and, four years later, has two locations. With a specialization in women’s issues, the practices have made a positive impact on the community by offering different types of specialties not being offered anywhere else in the area.

Alison has been working with Practice of the Practice since 2016. She has helped over 70 therapist entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, through mastermind groups and individual consulting.

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