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.
On my journey to building a profitable practice, I had to realize that mindset was key. In particularly, a mindset of gratitude. I had to understand how a gratitude mindset can help me reach my goals. When you have a long-term goal, you’re working towards something. And it’s easy to be so focused on it, that you start to believe you won’t be happy until you reach it. It’s important to have long term goals, but not at the expense of your daily life. Staying in a place of gratitude for what you already have and what you’ve already achieved in your life, can be a huge benefit in achieving your goals. And I’m testament to that.
Here’s what I’ve learned on my journey:
Gratitude makes you happier
Neurologists have learned that feelings of gratitude actually change the way your brain works. When you are consciously aware of all the wonderful things in your life, you’re happier and more content. When you are happy and feeling good about your life, it’s easier to believe that more good things await you down the road. Your overall emotional and mental wellbeing is healthier when you are focusing more on the good than what is going wrong in your life. When you constantly remember what you have to be grateful for, it’s hard to be anything but happy.
Gratitude lowers your stress
A life filled with the struggle to always be better, will lead to a life of stress. With most physicians, this is what we struggle with. Yes, you want to reach your goals. You want to unlock all the potential that’s inside of you. But finding a way to balance this desire with gratitude for what you’ve already accomplished and what you have in your life today, is also important. I struggled with this on my journey to building a profitable practice. Oftentimes, I did not get into an attitude of gratitude about finishing medical school and residency to put myself in a position to build a profitable practice. I was constantly pushing myself forward, and at times, believed that wasn’t good enough. Focusing on what I had to be grateful for at the present moment, was a way to lower my stress level and helped me enjoy the journey to my ultimate goal — a profitable practice.
Gratitude makes you more optimistic
Believing the grass is always greener on the other side is a sure way to ensure your dissatisfaction with life. It means you feel like you may never get the life you want. This pessimism just makes everything in life harder. You may even just give up on your dreams because you don’t believe you can attain them. Keep them. A grateful mindset offers you a way to enjoy life now and look forward to the future, once your goals have been realized. When you are optimistic, you always see things from a brighter perspective and are open for more things to come into your life to be grateful for.
Obtaining a grateful spirit doesn’t take a lot of time and effort, but it makes a huge difference in your life. Start by keeping a small notebook with you or using an app on your phone to note the little things that happened throughout your day that you are grateful for. Some people prefer to keep a gratitude journal by their bed and add a short list of things that they’re grateful for throughout the day. Give it a try if you feel you’ve been too focused on a goal and it’s making you unappreciative for what you already have. Enjoy the journey. Be grateful for it.
It’s not always easy to stay in a place of gratitude when life gets hard. Here are a few simple ways to add gratitude into your daily life.
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