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.

In a world where we’re more connected than ever, thanks to the power of the Internet, building a successful and profitable physiatry practice requires more than just medical expertise. It demands strategic goal setting and collaboration. Drawing from the principles in “Collaborative Goal Setting in a Connected World,” let’s delve into how these concepts are essential for your business success.

Embracing the Fear of the Unknown

Starting your own practice can be intimidating. The fear of failure and the unknown often looms large, especially when faced with the complex business side of medicine. But fear not, because you’re not alone on this journey. By leveraging collaborative goal setting, you can transform this fear into a driving force for success.

Imagine standing at the edge of a vast ocean, unsure of what lies beneath. It’s daunting to dive in alone, but with a team of experienced divers, the journey becomes less frightening and more exhilarating. Similarly, building your practice with a collaborative approach allows you to share the load and gain diverse insights, making the path clearer and more manageable.

The Power of Connectivity

Thanks to the Internet, connecting with others who share your vision has never been easier. With nearly 5 billion smartphone users and billions more active on social media daily, the world is at your fingertips. Platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Meetup, and Eventbrite are gold mines for finding like-minded individuals who can become your partners in success.

Imagine your practice as a ship. While you might be the captain with the medical expertise, you’ll need a crew with different skills to navigate the business waters effectively. These could be individuals with expertise in marketing, finance, or operations. Connecting with such goal setters complements your skills, creating a well-rounded team poised for success.

Defining Clear, Collaborative Goals

The first step in collaborative goal setting is to clearly define what you want to achieve. Whether it’s increasing patient intake, expanding services, or boosting profitability, your goals must be specific and shared with your team. This shared vision ensures everyone is on the same page and working towards the same objectives.

 Regular Communication and Accountability

Regular communication is the lifeblood of any successful collaboration. Set up regular virtual or in-person meetings with your team to discuss progress, share resources, and adjust plans as needed. Accountability is key—hold each other responsible for completing tasks and meeting deadlines. This constant connectivity not only keeps everyone focused but also fosters a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose.

Visualizing Success and Overcoming Obstacles

Visualization is a powerful tool. Regularly envision your successful practice, filled with satisfied patients and a thriving team. This positive imagery can motivate and energize you and your team. Additionally, collaboratively identifying potential obstacles and brainstorming solutions can help you overcome challenges more effectively.

For instance, if you’re struggling with patient retention, your marketing expert might suggest new engagement strategies, while your operations specialist could streamline appointment processes. Together, you can tackle issues that might be insurmountable alone.

The Supportive Network

One of the greatest benefits of collaborative goal setting is the supportive network it creates. This network not only helps you achieve your goals but also provides a safety net during tough times. The emotional support from a team that understands your journey can be incredibly empowering, reducing feelings of isolation and burnout.


In a connected world, building a successful physiatry practice is not a solitary endeavor. By embracing collaborative goal setting, you can harness the collective strengths of a diverse team, transforming fear and uncertainty into confidence and clarity. Stay connected, stay focused, and let the power of collaboration drive your practice to new heights.

Once you’ve decided that you want to leave your current job to start your practice, you need an exit plan. Check out our blog post here for tips on developing an exit plan and starting your new independent practice.

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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