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, things will get hard, and you will contemplate quitting. When that happens, you need to know how to push through when you want to quit. We all want to throw our hands in the air and scream, “I quit!” more than once in our lives. Yes, there are times when you should quit, such as working on something so hard, it seriously impacts your mental health. It is okay to quit, reset, and rethink what you are doing, then go forward with the new plan. When you want to quit and there isn’t a life altering reason why you should, then look to the main reasons to buckle down and get at it.
Your starting point to understanding why you need to push through the wall is pretty simple. It is called the big why. Unless your big why is not fully understood, chances are, you will quit. Taking the time to sit down and write out all the reasons why you shouldn’t quit, often will be enough to propel you forward. Ask yourself if you’re doing this for you and why you deserve it. You might have a family and you look back on your childhood with some dismay. You want something much better for your family and it means so much to you that putting in sixteen hours a day is more than worth it.
To pump up the persistence muscle, you will occasionally have to reflect on the fact that there will be some serious roadblocks. Try sitting in a comfortable chair and look at the roadblocks while asking yourself if they are super solid, or are you blowing them up to the size of a mountain? Frequently, we tend to take a situation and add in conversations and things that didn’t really happen. Think about how many times someone got you upset, and you replayed the conversation over and over with you giving different answers. The truth is, we can create worlds in our head, yet sometimes that world is full of anguish when it doesn’t have to be.
One way to stop projecting roadblocks in your mind, is to replay breakthrough events in your mind. These positive memories will make it hard for false roadblocks to grow. Everyone has had breakthrough moments in their head. It may be simple ones like struggling for two years in high school math, but suddenly in the third year, a bright light bulb comes on and you got it. It could also be more significant like trying for years to be the number one salesperson in your company only to play second. Then you turn that frustration into action and put in the hours and calls that made you number one. The feeling of hitting that huge goal and the pleasure of getting a massive bonus, was truly exciting.
For those who say they never had a breakthrough moment or have any memories of being a winner, didn’t create one. Your brain cannot tell the difference between a real event and one you create if you put enough power into it. Simply write a scene where you had a serious roadblock and you hulked up, smashing the obstacles in your way. Put serious emotion into it. Picture yourself jumping up and down, screaming in a loud voice, “I did it!” When you replay this scene in your mind, it will be a real movie. Sports people do this all the time. The best free throwers in basketball have a mental picture in their mind that supports them. They see and feel themselves stepping up to the line, bouncing the ball a few times before throwing it, and BOOM! Nothing but net. No rim bounces here in this mental replay.
When overwhelm hits you and you’re trying to push through, stop and take a break. Detoxing your brain is super healthy. The same as detoxing your body. In this case, shut off your phone and all electronics. Get outdoors and play. It does not matter where you live or what you do, so long as you are moving and smiling. Give yourself one to three days, and don’t think about what you wanted to quit. Simple detox. When you’re ready, refocus on what you want and why. Then take massive action.
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 or your dreams.
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