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, you should be confident in speaking your mind, but you shouldn’t apologize for it. Don’t get us wrong here. We would never ask you to refrain from apologizing when that’s the best move. If you hurt someone’s feelings or, in some other way, create a negative outcome, and it’s all your fault, the best move is always to accept responsibility.
We’re talking about those people who consistently apologize when they speak out.
They’re in a conversation, and a certain topic is mentioned. They express a viewpoint that’s different from most people in the conversation. Although it’s not controversial or scandalous, they apologize for their view when they see it’s unpopular.
You are a unique person. Your values, beliefs, goals, dreams, and likes and dislikes are yours. They are very personal to you. They may not be close to what’s considered normal or acceptable.
If they’re not causing any harm and they help you live your best life, don’t apologize for them. There are so many dangers from constantly apologizing when you’re speaking your mind.
Before You Know It, Your Important Values Have No Voice
Imagine that you believe recycling is important. You know how many significant benefits can be realized by embracing recycling. You don’t go around shouting your beliefs from mountaintops. But when someone brings up the subject, you’re more than happy to chime in with your opinion.
What if most of your friends and family members didn’t agree with you? Should you abandon this belief that’s so near and dear to your heart? Of course not! Live your life. Be the unique person you are. And don’t apologize for a belief system or value that’s important to you.
Every time you tell someone you’re sorry because of a belief that’s a vital part of your makeup, you remove some of its value. Do this repeatedly, and you’re constantly chipping away at its importance.
This can eventually lead to you questioning long-held beliefs. This way, you’re giving others power over your thoughts and beliefs. That’s rarely a good idea.
Everyone Should Be Allowed to Speak Their Mind and Be Heard
If you find yourself consistently in an environment where your values are frowned upon, maybe you should find a new audience. We all feel better when we spend time with others who accept our beliefs. That means instead of apologizing for your voice, simply find people who embrace it just as you do.
This is one way to ensure that your voice is not only heard but that it makes a difference. It can help you communicate with confidence rather than talking timidly. That can, in turn, give you more confidence when speaking on other subjects. Eventually, you find a confident voice that lets you communicate with power.
Don’t second-guess your opinions because they don’t line up with the status quo. Apologizing for speaking your mind doesn’t make sense when the offended party wasn’t harmed in any way. They just think it differently than you do. And that is OK.
It’s necessary to be assertive when running your own business, but sometimes people can be offended by your assertiveness. Check out our blog post here for tips on being assertive without offending others.
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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