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 today’s fast-paced world, filled with endless distractions and constant demands on our attention, achieving success in business and building a profitable physiatry practice can seem daunting. However, it’s not impossible. The key lies in effective goal setting and strategic planning. Let’s explore how these concepts, drawn from the principles in “Navigating Goal Setting in a Distracted World,” are not only applicable but crucial to your journey toward a thriving physiatry practice.

Overcoming the Fear of the Unknown

Starting a physiatry practice can be overwhelming. The fear of the unknown, combined with a lack of business knowledge, can paralyze even the most skilled physicians. But remember, you’re not alone in this journey. The first step in conquering this fear is to have a solid plan. A plan is more than just a to-do list; it’s a powerful source of empowerment and focus.

Imagine you’re sailing a ship. Without a map, every wave and storm could throw you off course. But with a map, you have a clear destination and a path to get there. Your business plan is that map. It gives you direction and purpose, keeping you on course even when distractions and challenges arise.

Clearly Define Your Goal

The foundation of any successful business, including a physiatry practice, starts with a clearly defined goal. Be specific about what you want to achieve. Do you want to be known for a particular specialty? Do you aim to serve a specific demographic? The clearer your goal, the easier it will be to stay focused and motivated, even when the going gets tough.

Handwrite Your Goal and Set a Deadline

There’s something incredibly powerful about writing down your goals. When you handwrite your goals and set a deadline, you activate your Reticular Activating System (RAS). This part of your brain helps you notice opportunities that align with your goals. It’s like setting a mental GPS to success. By physically writing down what you want to achieve and by when, you start to see opportunities that you might otherwise overlook.

 List the Benefits and Obstacles

Understanding the benefits of achieving your goals and anticipating the obstacles you might face is crucial. This dual awareness keeps you motivated and prepared. For instance, the benefits of a successful physiatry practice might include financial independence, professional recognition, and the ability to make a significant impact on your patients’ lives. Conversely, potential obstacles could include financial hurdles, staffing issues, or regulatory challenges. Listing these out helps you create strategies to overcome them.

 Develop an Action Plan

With your goals defined and potential obstacles identified, the next step is to develop a detailed action plan. Break down your big goal into smaller, manageable tasks. Celebrate each milestone you achieve. This not only keeps you motivated but also provides a clear roadmap to success. Think of this as your set of marching orders. It’s not just a mental exercise but a tangible process that keeps you in control of your journey.

 Employ Visualization and Affirmations

Visualization and affirmations are powerful tools in achieving your goals. Picture yourself running a successful physiatry practice. Visualize the satisfaction of helping your patients and the stability of a thriving business. Engage all your senses in this visualization and practice daily affirmations to keep your mindset positive and focused.

Take Daily Action

Lastly, consistency is key. Life will inevitably throw curveballs your way. Motivation will wane, and unexpected problems will arise. But by taking daily action, no matter how small, you maintain momentum toward your goal. Your written action plan is your anchor, helping you stay focused when distractions threaten to derail your progress.


Building a successful physiatry practice requires more than medical expertise. It demands a strategic approach to goal setting and unwavering commitment to your plan. By following these principles, you can navigate the complexities of the business world, overcome your fears, and establish a practice that not only thrives but also fulfills your professional and personal aspirations.

Remember, the journey to a successful practice is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay focused, stay motivated, and most importantly, stay committed to your goals. You have the map; now it’s time to set sail.

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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