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.
When building a profitable practice, you may have naysayers who try to tell you what you can or can’t accomplish. Taking a leap of faith for yourself is an already daunting and challenging path. Naysayers, or “Negative Nancies”, only make the journey that much more difficult. You don’t need their pessimism, nor do you have to deal with it.
There are several ways to deal with these individuals so you can move past them and crush your goals.
1. Distance yourself from the negative. If possible, put space between those individuals and your goals. Continually listening to doubt will eventually manifest into challenging yourself. If you can’t distance yourself from a naysayer, have an honest conversation with them. Explain that you don’t have to have their support, but their discouragement is not welcome. Be polite, but firm.
2. Bolster yourself with support. Once you’ve pushed away the negative, bring in the support. Surrounding yourself with people that believe in your goals will allow you to be yourself and unapologetically go after what you want. The support you receive from others will function as reassurance on the path you’re taking, and they’ll help you pick up when times are tough.
3. No justification necessary. You don’t have to justify yourself your goals or the path you’re taking to anyone. Everyone’s different. No two people live identical lives or achieve their goals in the same ways. If someone questions you, simply say, “This is what I choose.”
4. Don’t share. If you know someone who will need to be around to think you’re crazy for going after your goal in a big way. Don’t give them ammunition. Avoid talking about your plans around them. If they try to bring it up, take the conversation in other direction.
5. Turn doubt into motivation. If someone doubts you, use their doubt as motivation. That might mean making a wager or promising yourself that you’ll prove him or her wrong. Either way, don’t let the uncertainty of others weigh you down. What they think really doesn’t matter.
6. Embrace solitude and reflection. Keeping up the hustle to achieve your goals can be a lonely path sometimes. Give yourself downtime to reflect on your goals, how far you’ve come and reevaluate your plan of action. This quiet time will also fill your cup and let innovative ideas and motivation form.
Naysayers are everywhere in life. They’re in your family, at work, and maybe even your friend group. This doesn’t mean you need to spend your life working within the parameters of their beliefs. You can move beyond their negativity and crush your goals with relentless willpower.
Sometimes we don’t reach our goals no matter how much we avoid the naysayers. Check out our blog post here for an inspirational read on the importance of embracing failure.
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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