Numerous times throughout my career, my wife and I have referred to practice being a roller coaster ride. Ups and downs, twists and turns, frightening moments, high peaks, sudden drops, exhilarating thrills and quick changes in direction!
To be successful in practice, you should have more days at the office when it feels like a thrill ride vs. the amount of days where it makes you sick.
The Real Roller Coaster
I recently had a conversation with a patient of mine who is a retired attorney that had an awesome career. He and his wife now live an incredible life. On this particular day he was waiting for his wife to finish up her treatment and he was looking around my office. Patients were everywhere. We had people in all different areas of the practice. My patient says to me “looks like business is good.” I replied that I was blessed and yes indeed business is good.
He then said, “It reminds me of when I was in practice. Sometimes I would be so busy that I would be thinking to myself that I wished it would slow down, and then when things were slow I would be wishing that business would pick up. It was a real roller coaster!”
I found it funny that we were from two different fields of practice, yet we both held this view of a roller coaster.
Interesting how things work out sometimes! The only difference might be that I rarely wished for my business to slow down, for I know that what you think about is what you get.
Is Your Roller Coaster a Thrill or Sickening?
Certain predictable things must take place to make sure you have more “thrill ride” days than days that make you sick.
Great practices don’t happen by chance or by good luck…they come as a result of:
- proper training
- systems that work
- the right strategies
- ALWAYS having your headspace squared away.
So if you ever find yourself lamenting the guy or the gal down the street who is absolutely killing it, ask yourself what are they doing that you are not.
I have watched numerous friends and colleagues over the years continuously searching for the right formula while their practices and finances suffer. Many of them would call me for advice and I would recommend certain trainings that I felt they needed to attend, which I was confident would help them receive the appropriate training needed for success. Most of time my advice fell on deaf ears and now many of those docs are out of business.
I know the excuses too…all of them. I have been coaching people long enough to know them inside and out and backwards.
- I can’t make it that weekend because…
- I can’t afford it…
- It’s just like all the other trainings…
- I shouldn’t have to get coaching
- I am a doctor…blah, blah, blah!
The bottom line is this: the most successful doctors in our profession ALL get coaching on how to train themselves to be successful.
In the last fifteen years, I have developed systems in my practice that have worked, and continue to work this day. My systems are ever evolving.
The things I was doing ten years ago that I thought would always remain constant are old hat now— collecting dust. I watch too many doctors continue to struggle doing the same old stuff. Having up to date systems is paramount to running a tight practice.
Of all the things necessary for your own thrill ride life and to experience your dream practice, having great headspace is at the top of the list.
We all come across those people who just seem to always have it together and be sickeningly happy. You know what I mean.
Guess what? That doesn’t happen by chance.
The secret to having your headspace straight is made up of simple little steps that aren’t a secret at all. However, too few people will ever take the time to learn and more importantly apply them to their life.
But boy, once you do, look out world, you will be unstoppable!
Tomorrow when you walk into your office, will you be stepping onto the most exciting thrill ride of your life?
Or will be getting onto a ride that will make you sick?
The choice is yours.
Once you have decided which roller coaster you want to ride, start taking action daily toward proper training, initiating systems that work, developing proven strategies and keeping your headspace where it needs to be.
You will then surely be on your way to establishing your dream practice and life.