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, it’s important to maintain control. Are you in control? That’s a straightforward question. Your knee jerk reaction might be that you’re in control of the important things. If your answer is negative, that’s okay. It means you understand something needs to change, and that’s a good thing. Before you can fix the problem, you have to know the problem exists. So, if you blindly state that you’re in absolute control of every aspect of your life, you might overlook some things you need to work on. If you believe you’re in control of your life, look at any goals or dreams you haven’t realized yet. Are you headed in the direction of attaining them? If so, great. If not, you might not have as much power over your life as you think.

By the way, there’s no shame in admitting that you need help. We all do from time to time. It’s why human beings live in towns and cities and villages. We all rely on each other in so many ways. Even a person who lives alone and shuns human interaction benefits from the efforts of others. That person needs electricity to power his home. The same is true of a clean water source. Law enforcement agencies in his city work to keep him safe. None of us can say that we absolutely don’t need anyone else. So don’t be afraid to admit that you might need help from others if you want more control over the experience you create for yourself.

To get a realistic picture of where you could benefit from more control, ask yourself the following questions:

If you lost your job today, how long would it be before you had to blindly accept any other job rather than waiting for a job that you chose? Think about the most important people in your life. Are you regularly doing things for them on their schedule rather than taking care of your needs? Do you quickly ask others for help rather than trying to figure out something yourself? Have you ever written out your long-term meaningful goals and your vision for life? Or are they just kept in the back of your mind? Do you waste time, energy and possibly money on things out of your control? Can you name your five most important values? Do you let an unhealthy addiction control who you are and what you do?

It’s okay if some of the answers to those questions aren’t incredibly positive. We’re all trying to figure out this thing called life. Nobody lives a truly perfect existence. But there are many ways in which we could easily give ourselves a better experience while we’re here. That’s because there are numerous ways that outside influences and our own beliefs and actions kick us out of the driver’s seat.

Here are a few common examples of situations where you aren’t as in control of your life as you thought:

You make rash, impulsive decisions rather than thinking things through first. The people you choose to spend time with don’t have the same values and beliefs. You are physically tired and mentally drained most of the time. Drugs or alcohol are an important part of your life. You work at a job because the pay is good, and not because you love what you do. If your phone is out of your possession for more than a few minutes, you feel like you’re going to lose your mind. You’re always online. You work too much or not enough and it’s causing problems with your relationships and responsibilities.

Are you constantly asking yourself the following questions? What was I thinking? Why did I do that? It’s not who I am. Why is the world against me? You aren’t as mentally and physically healthy as you would like, but you never prioritize doing something about it. If you spend too much time online and there are other things you could be doing that could improve your life somehow, then technology is in control. If you hate your job but are making good money, then that job controls you. If you hit happy hour after work every day, alcohol may have sneakily taken control of your life. If any of these things happens, there are steps you can take to regain control. Be sure to check out our next blog post to find out what they are.

It can be hard to gain back control over your life, but it is possible. Check out our blog post here for tips on living your truth and the life you really want.

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/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.

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