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.
When building a profitable practice, you want to be the closer. You want to finish what you start. Do you often struggle to finish the projects you start, even when you have every intention of finishing them? Believe it or not, this is a common problem that most people face. Luckily, you can follow a few steps to ensure that you can become the type of person who finishes a project once they start it.
1. Make a plan. The first step to finishing a task is making sure you have a plan at the beginning. It needs to be a plan that you write down. A mental note isn’t worth the piece of paper it is written on. You may want to jump in and start something in your excitement, but you might not realize all the work and challenges you will face. When you take the time to make a plan, this will better prepare you for the task at hand, and you’ll be able to spot problems much more easily.
2. Take a break. If you find yourself getting overly frustrated or beginning to loathe the project because you’ve been working on it for so long, it’s OK to take a short break. This break will help reset your mind and focus. You might even be able to solve some of the problems you are facing while you take this little breather. Just make sure that you set an endnote to your break, this way you can hold yourself to it and not just abandon the project.
3. Make small goals and reward yourself. As you plan how you will conquer your task or project, break your goal into smaller mini goals. Then, cross them off and reward yourself as you complete them. It will help keep you on task. And you’ll be able to feel as if you are making progress, even if it’s small. The progress will do wonders to keep your spirits high while working on the project. The little rewards you are giving yourself will probably help as well.
So next time you get excited about a new project or goal in your life, slow down a bit and make a plan complete with small goals and rewards for yourself. Then, as you pursue the project, don’t be afraid to take small breaks if you need to recuperate. Chances are, thanks to these three steps, you will be much more likely to finish your new goal than to leave it abandoned.
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. Please go to businessofrehab.com/contractnegotiations to pick up the free guide to help you negotiate the contract after you kill it during your job interview.
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