When building a profitable practice, you must develop a system of attack. And with that system, you have to avoid self-defeat. Sometimes your beliefs can attack you. Everyone has dreams, but not everyone makes their dreams into goals. You may have a few of these too. What are the reasons you tell yourself late at night to shut down making them a reality? These reasons are beliefs that you have, but that doesn’t mean they are valid reasons to prevent you from attacking your goals.

These 5 beliefs are stopping you from attacking your goals

1. Not enough time.

Everyone is busy these days. When someone asks how you are doing, you probably respond with “busy.” But that might not be the truth. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. For a week or maybe two, keep a time ladder of how you spent your time. This includes sleeping, preparing and eating meals, social media, getting ready for work, and cleaning your home. Take a good look at how your time is spent and you might realize you have more time than you realize.

2. I don’t have x talent.

It doesn’t matter if you want to write a book or paint a picture. You have as much talent as you’re willing to work for. You may not have been born with the natural ability to paint; it doesn’t mean you can’t learn to practice.

3. After x, I’ll do it.

Once I get through this tough project at work, I will start training for the marathon. After I lose 20 pounds, I will take a salsa dancing class. Why are you waiting? Maybe that marathon training will help you work through the stress of that project at work. Perhaps salsa dancing lessons will allow you to realize that no matter your weight, your body is worthy of fun and sexy movement. If you have a goal, go for it now.

4. I’m not good enough.

What ruler are you using to measure if you’re “good enough”? You’re always good enough to go after your own dreams and goals. If this is an internal dialogue, then you need to work on liking and loving yourself first. If this belief is coming from external sources, then consider those sources and if they are holding you back.

5. “X” person has it easier.

The grass is greener where you water it. Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. There are many sayings that sum up that you really don’t know what someone else is going through. So don’t assume that someone has it easier and therefore can achieve their goals while you cannot. That person may think that you have it easier or better.

Self-limiting beliefs can be a slippery slope. They can also keep you from even trying to reach your goals. Take time to examine your reasoning and come up with better beliefs to counter the negative ones.


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.


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