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, the best thing you can do is bet on yourself. You must invest in you. If you don’t invest in personal development, you may be limiting your true potential. Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life. It’s amazing how many people don’t try to improve themselves. These are the same people who wonder why they are not getting anywhere with their lives.

Here are some guidelines to help you better invest in personal development:

Imagine how you want to shape your life.

Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you want to live. You need to balance what kinds of changes you want professionally as well as personally. The two will ultimately overlap. If you imagine yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will become part of both. There may be certain aspects of your personal development that you believe are specific to personal life but may eventually carry over to your professional life. If you have wanted to increase your skills as a community leader, this could easily be incorporated into your professional career. The key is to identify and imagine what this new skill is going to look like.

Assess your current situation.

Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you stand with your life as it currently exists. Determine strengths and weaknesses to help you formulate a plan to make the necessary changes.

Set goals.

Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, create some goals to strive to complete. These should include high-level goals as well as action steps. Most important, set milestones with firm dates for these action steps.

Consider alternatives.

There can be valid reasons why certain actions or goals can’t be met. Instead of abandoning their entire personal development plan, come up with alternative steps. Be careful not to simply fall back on the steps because they’re easier than the main goals.

Evaluate how you’re doing.

When you reach a milestone, see how you did against the plan of action steps. This is a crucial step and it’s important to be realistic and truthful. The best way to handle this is to have someone else perform this for you. It may not be easy to hear, but the benefits will be well worth it.

Keep it simple.

If you add a bunch of unattainable goals to your plan, you’re likely setting up yourself up for failure. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to push yourself; it just means being realistic about your capabilities.


I am Dr. Hassan, Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that 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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