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.

As we move into a new year and think about what we want our profitable practice to look like, we must be intentional about our vision. We must take stock to start our year on the right foot. Too often we charge in when it would be better to assess where we are at first. It can be painful to look back to see our mistakes and shortcomings, and yet it’s the best way to determine what we need to do to make significant changes in our lives.

Before you prepare to start the new year with loads of new resolutions and goals, take some time to reassess your life in these different areas:

1. Obligations. Ever wish you had more time for what was genuinely important to you? Now’s the time to make that change. The first step is to look at all the things you’ve taken on that no longer feel important. Consider each committee, sponsorship, extended family and friends, obligations that no longer feel fun. If they feel like a burden, it’s time to unload them. That may feel challenging. After all, no one wants to let others down. But this is your life, and it’s time to choose you instead of others for once.

2. Finances. If you wish you had more money but can’t or don’t want to work more to get it, take a careful look at your finances. Quite often, little wants turn into needs. Scan through last year’s bank statements and make a note of any recurring payments. You may wince when you see how much you spent on unnecessary things throughout the year. Having occasional treats for you and your family is OK, but if shopping therapy has become a burden, now is the time to fix it. Make a list of all the ways you could cut back without feeling deprived. For example, could you eat out two nights a week instead of four? Is it essential that you shop for clothes every month? How much could you save if you took your lunch to work three days a week instead of getting takeout? Do you find it fun to have four bazillion TV channels? These are just a few ways you can trim expenses so you can save for things that matter to you instead.

3. Dreams and goals. Many people cite not enough time or not enough money as a reason why they stay at dead-end jobs, don’t pursue their passions, or make real changes in their lives. If that was you, and you’ve taken our advice about reevaluating your obligations and finances, those excuses should no longer be holding you back. So what do you really want? To go back to school and start a new career? Turn your side hustle or hobby into a business? Purchase and cook homemade whole foods that support your health and wellness? By choosing to make those two changes in your life, you’ve now opened up a whole new world for yourself. Grab it and don’t look back.

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


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