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, it’s important to be resilient. Resilience starts at an early age. If this didn’t happen for you for some reason, don’t worry. You can still help yourself be more resilient. However, when you start as early as childhood, it becomes part of you and as a result, resilience comes naturally. Even if you weren’t taught to be resilient early on, there is no reason why you can’t now. Here are some tips for re-educating your inner child.
The main lesson is to make sure you follow through on whatever you start. Perhaps you join a sports team. Don’t quit midseason. Unless there are unforeseen circumstances, play the entire season. You don’t have to take it up again the following year, but if you already signed up for this season, see it all the way through. This is a valuable practice in learning to stick it out and make it work. This level of commitment is critical to acquiring a life that’s fulfilling and exciting.
Build a routine
When you get in the habit of doing similar activities the same time each day, you’ll become more likely to complete whatever you’re doing. Allocate time for work as well as play, and rest especially. Allow yourself to be lazy every now and then. That’s when our brains reset and make room for new ideas. This is your time to do whatever you please, including playing video games. Decide, however, when those moments fit into your schedule. So perhaps on weekday mornings, you start your day at the gym. Then you go to work. Maybe you read or meditate on your lunch break. Saturdays might be your time to catch up on personal errands while Sundays are your days for play, rest, and preparing for the week ahead. The point is to build a routine that works for you and stick to it.
Engage with peers
Join peer groups that have similar goals. So maybe you join a travel group that plans trips together, a writing group to finally complete that book you’ve been wanting to write, a running crew to train for an upcoming marathon, or, if applicable, a study group. These are all great ways to interact with others and solve problems together. As the old saying goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” The confidence and encouragement that you get from achieving your goals and seeing other people do the same is incomparable.
Set aside time for exercise. You could take a hike, a swim, or follow a video on YouTube. It’s even better if there’s someone to partner up with. Be sure to build this into your routine as well to ensure you’re consistent with it. When people are in good shape, they will be more resilient at many tasks compared to people who are out of shape. This resilience includes mental activities as well.
Getting a start early in life is a great way for people to become resilient. They get used to following through and, eventually, it doesn’t make sense not to. Even if you feel that your childhood lessons failed you in this department, it’s not too late to become a parent to your inner child and work your way to where you want to (and need to) be to accomplish goals and establish longstanding meaningful relationships.
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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