I am 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.
Everyone needs to have a strategy. What is your strategy? You don’t want to live without having any purpose or direction. When you live strategically, you make it easier for yourself to accomplish a goal and make decisions along the way. I desperately needed to learn this before starting my practice. The problem was, it can be hard to know what you need to do to live a more strategic life. Personally, I struggle with where to start and what to focus on first.
If you struggle with the idea, read below as I lay out three ways I’ve learned to live more strategically.
1. You must have a strategic plan for your life. It isn’t enough to decide you want to live a more strategic life. You must create a strategy to follow. It can be difficult to follow your thoughts and dreams when they are just in your head. So. it’s better to write this strategic plan down. This will help you to have a narrower focus and to best plan out how to deal with certain decisions when they arrive. I cheated by using the plan John D. Rockefeller used, and adjusted it to my life. My desire is to have my family name spoken in the same breath as John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie. So, what did I do? I wrote it down. Then I wrote what I needed to do to help get me to that goal.
2. Plan ahead for change. If you are following a strategic plan, it can be harrowing when something in your life changes and the plan doesn’t fit anymore. But this is okay. The only way to adequately deal with change is by embracing it, so you can deal with it more quickly and get back on the path you were on before. It’s best if you prepare for possible changes in events. While you can’t prepare for everything, this is a strategy that will help keep you on top of your goals, even when the unexpected happens.
3. Be more confident in yourself. When it comes to living a more strategic life, you will find that it is vitally important to be confident in yourself. It will take confidence and belief in yourself to stick to your strategy when people may discourage you, disagree with you, or you experience times of hardship. I remember having to be confident in my decision to start my own practice straight out of residency, because everyone around me told me to take a safe employee position because it was less risky. I had to bet on myself. I had to be confident in my decision. If self-confidence is something you struggle with, you should employ different tactics to help you boost it. Some effective ways to help your self-confidence are positive self-talk, practicing gratitude, and changing your posture when you sit and walk.
If you have decided that you want to embrace a more strategic life, it’s time to create a plan to prepare for change. It would be best if you also worked on your self-confidence so you can stick to your strategic plan even when unforeseen circumstances come your way.
Developing a strategy can drastically change your life for the better. Check out our blog post here for some other changes that can also transform your life.
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 of your dreams.
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