Are you getting Burned Out?

are you getting burned out

Burning Out Defined

So many DCs out there do great in school only to find out later that success in school doesn’t necessarily translate into success in the real world. Regardless of what you are told, day in and day out throughout college and life, grades are not the most important thing in life. Many of the most successful DCs are the ones that have a purpose in their lives, not necessarily the ones that graduated at the top of their class. Those who work with that purpose are always doing homework, too. I mean don’t get me wrong, of course they are doing homework, which is the kind of homework that leads to bettering themselves and their office. Even before they entered Chiropractic these DCs knew that passion was, and always will be, the key to success.

Their inspiration goes above and beyond their individual selves and always directly contributes to bettering others. Your burnout phase begins when you lose your purpose for what you want to do and what used to drive you to desire to go to class and work every day.

Now, burning out doesn’t mean that you have a lower income practice. Burning out occurs with many high-income offices. The burnout problem has nothing to do with money but everything to do with Chiropractors that have lost focus as to why he/she went to Chiropractic school to begin with. If, when they went to school their primary goal was more focused on income rather than helping people, then soon enough they will realize that Chiropractic is merely a job for them.


TNR is here to help!

Here, at The New Renaissance, we get calls from docs who have been out in their practices after only a few years and already want to throw in the towel. This doesn’t sound right, does it? Well, it’s true. You go to school for what feels like forever, made more sacrifices than you can count (to go out or to not go out tonight..?), and now all of a sudden you want to quit. When your vision and the reality of your existence don’t match up, that’s when the conflict starts to come. You begin to put on this facade. From the outside you’re living this American dream of having your own practice, a house, a family, and the whole nine. Yet on the inside, you are stuck with a sinking feeling in your gut, knowing that something just isn’t right.

Here’s what to blame for burning out…

Many DCs experiencing burnout blame insurance companies, the economy, or at this point, global warming. But the truth is, they have lost their passion for life. They don’t work hard so they can’t play hard. That then leads to not practicing hard. It’s like a domino effect. Now this isn’t a quick fall, it happens gradually. Most DCs don’t even notice that it’s happening but there is one thing that is noticed: the doctor’s spirit. There is so much happening on the subconscious level that the change is subtle and invisible. This is even a difficult thing for the spouse to pick up on. The spouse seems to notice only the tension and irritability that has arose.


Don’t get discouraged! There is a remedy for the burn out. Just answer this question: what is your purpose for Chiropractic? You are probably wondering how can there be such a simple solution, let me tell you, it’s easy as 1,2,3. If you had gone into Chiropractic for the sole purpose of finances, there’s a good chance you won’t get out of this burnout. On the other hand, if you have a dream that you just haven’t been able to actualize thus far, don’t ditch the dream, embrace it. Fall in love with it. Keep reading and learning about Chiropractic. Stop having your attention wander elsewhere and focus on what you want to be your reality in your practice. Focus on a solution.

Vacation is a MUST

Finally, VACATION. Now understand we aren’t in Europe and you can’t take a month off as much we all would like to, but you get to do the next best thing. Taking a vacation every six weeks is the minimum. When was the last time you and your loved one had a romantic getaway? Maybe take the kids out to an amusement park. You need to start recharging your battery and remember why it is you got in Chiropractic in the first place. Chiropractic needs you, your family needs you, and society needs you. Time to get back on your feet.