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 will have setbacks. And you must understand what motivates you. Are you motivated by outside things? Or is it an inner drive; a self-motivation that keeps you going? You did it, you figured out how to be self-motivated. That was no small feat. But now you’re done, right? Not so fast. Just because you learned how to be motivated from within doesn’t mean the chase is over and you’ve won the game. Just as life has its ebbs and flows, people have their own ups and downs. You may have a setback or two, or even three. And in that case, you have no idea how your mindset can change.
I remember having to overcome multiple setbacks along my journey to building a profitable practice. There were sleepless nights, anxiety, stress, uncertainty, and at times a lack of confidence. Imposter Syndrome set in, and it was crippling. That may sound daunting, but it’s important to be realistic. And I think it’s important for me to fully disclose what I went through on my journey. If you’ve gotten this far as a self-motivated individual, you’ve likely had to be realistic with yourself in the past. It’s not game over, you’ve just started a new level; a new phase of life that you’ll have to conquer.
Here are five ways I was able to keep up the self-motivation after facing a setback:
1. I had to redefine my approach. If you do the same things your entire life and never make changes to your approaches, you probably wouldn’t make much progress. When you feel like you hit a roadblock, view it as a chance to figure out a new way around it.
2. I had to spend time with people who made me feel good. Not everyone makes you feel great. Whether it’s a personality conflict or someone who brings you down. If you feel like you’re leaving a social situation with more negative feelings than positive ones, it might be a good idea to check out of it all together. Those people definitely won’t lift you up and help you back on your feet.
3. I had to engage in self-care. I had to give myself some TLC. The first thing you may do when you experience a setback, is to get angry with yourself. You may turn from self-motivation mode to self-deprecation mode in a matter of moments. Don’t do that. Instead, remind yourself of all the great things you’ve done, and all of your accomplishments and wonderful qualities. Give yourself a designated period of self-care. Because as soon as you beat yourself up about something, it will be much harder to get those inspirational levels back up later.
4. I rewarded myself at least once daily. While you’re engaging in self-care, be sure to do at least one positive, uplifting thing daily. That doesn’t mean finishing a pint of ice cream or staying in bed all day. It means you should do something productive that makes you happy. Try taking a walk outside or cooking a healthy delicious meal. Maybe you like to try out a new hobby or start going to the gym.
5. I learned to let go. Let the past be the past. It’s called the past for a reason. You can spend hours thinking about what happened before your setback and how you could have changed it. Hindsight is 2020. So, the only thing that will happen here, is it will make you feel worse. Be confident in your decisions and don’t look back.
Try these tips to keep you self-motivated after a setback and see the difference it makes in your life.
We all need motivation to be successful, especially when building a profitable practice. Check out our blog post here for a few ways to develop intrinsic motivation.
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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