The time has come amidst the politically driven mass hysteria to share stories of incredible courage demonstrated by great and yet to be great DCs/NDs with others. All too often, we are mired in our fears, doubts, problems, and no matter how many times we are reminded, we forget or deny that we are all connected. Sure, our current difficulties may appear to be separate; they are merely different chapters from the shared book of humanity.
Is this your story?
“You showed me I didn’t need to buy a new gadget, learn a large amount of material to act out for each patient, change the way I run my office, or get a new office in a bigger and better place. All I needed to do was to step in front of the curtain and show everyone the uniqueness of me. ‘My Story’ is the only story I need to tell. This always gives me a chuckle inside to believe that it was that simple. Thank you for helping me find my story and get me up and running.”
Sooner or later, we’re all faced with moments beyond our control when our willpower can’t make our life follow our dictates. Instead of looking for solutions, we argue for the problem we’re facing. We get stuck and start to fight against getting unstuck. These are the times that we are given the opportunity (repeatedly) to adapt rather than fight or hide against our circumstances.
Maybe you lost your great long-time CA. “I’ll never find anyone like her again!” Maybe you were removed from an insurance company inclusion list. “My income is going to plummet!” Maybe your pet had gotten ill or one of your kids was struggling. Maybe the last new patients you’ve had were all low quality and wanted something for nothing.
You begin to doubt if all of your struggle, time, and resources are worth putting into your practice.
The insane world is starting to wear you down. Don’t let it claim one more victim. We can’t lose one more principled, caring DC.
When my son was young, I asked him after a game if he had fun playing his beloved sport of hockey. Even at 8, the social conditioning had already instilled what was important. He would proudly say, “We won 6-2.”
I asked him how much fun it was compared to playing pond hockey on our pond. He told me that he liked playing on our pond more because he felt free and nobody was barking at him. I reminded him that playing on a rink and on the pond should feel the same way. “Have a love for the game that transcends winning and losing.”
We talked about looking for the small graces, like when a teammate is playing for the first time since coming back from injury; or the smiles on the other kids’ faces when they score a goal; and the camaraderie of just being with the guys in the locker room. “The wins and losses will fade, but the experience of playing, giving your best effort, and being a part of something greater than yourself will stay with you a lifetime.”
Why isn’t there more joy and profit in your office?
Complication is a sign that we are losing our way or are off the path. Don’t buy into complications.
Your practice, as well as your life, is really as simple as you make it.
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