After a while, what was once magnificent and exciting seems dull, boring, and very routine. We sometimes so easily forget the sacrifices we made to get where we are in private practice.
I think one of the most powerful—but scariest—things we do as achievers is create a compelling future life, and then watch it actually start to unfold right before our eyes.
Think about it. If you are a doc, you did this as a student at several levels. In reality, many times. In fact, at one point it was probably term-to-term.
Then you opened your practice. Still way more changes; lots of excitement, new ways of doing things, patients that challenged every skill you thought you forgot.
So, you know you have the power to create magnificent changes.
After a while, what was once magnificent and exciting seems dull, boring, and very routine. We sometimes so easily forget the sacrifices we made to get where we are. High school, undergrad, and on and on. The daily grind is just that. If it’s not practice stress, it’s kids, family, and so on.
Then sometimes we build fences and stop communicating with past friends. We can also become very rigid in certain habits, especially mental habits, sometimes getting really, really stuck.
Before we know it, it seems like years have passed. If things did not turn out like you thought, it’s easy to just give in and say, “Oh well.” We start to live by default.
That’s when its not pretty.
This is perhaps the most dangerous of all places to be, because by its very nature we tend to act without thinking, make very bad decisions, or seemingly attract one storm after another into our lives.
There is an alternative to living this way…
And that is to start over. Today! No, it does not mean you abandon everyone and everything. Too many times that’s an absolute disaster.
But what you can do is gather new perspective, knowledge, and, once again, create a compelling future! Create a new design like a blueprint and start to live from it.
But you can only successfully do this while immersed in certain thinking; have excellent guidance and others to bounce ideas off who are on your side all the way.
And, most of all, you’ll surely need to adopt certain characteristics—the thinking and behaviors of those that blazed the trails before us.
This really is the essence of living and practicing by design, not default. You will not succeed in private practice without a plan.
This is also the power of the mastermind; aligned minds working toward a common goal.
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