What does success in your therapy practice and life mean to you?
My definition of success continues to evolve. I used to see success as having a full practice. I wanted to see 20 clients a week and to have a steady flow of referrals. I figured once I'd achieved that, I’d have arrived.
I worked really hard and learned everything I needed to know about building a therapy practice. I filled my practice and had a nice income. But I had a schedule that didn’t work well for me or my family and I was heading for burnout. I hadn’t created my business around my life, so I had lots of evening appointments and was seeing people in my office every day. I thought I had no choice about those things.
I know...smallest violin in the world, right? Stop complaining and feel grateful for your success. That’s what I used to think.
Then I realized that by creating a business I love more, I can help my clients more.
Now, aside from seeing the impact of my work and making a good income, here are some markers of success for me:
- Long chats with my best friends and my sister
- Time with my kids and wife
- Daytime walks
- Riding my kick-scooter to the office
- Working from home several days a week
What does success look like to you right now? More clients? More income?
Those things are totally possible, and I’m here to help you get them. But I also want you to create a private practice that allows you to have more of what you REALLY want. Freedom. Love. Fun. Meaning.
Life is so short. We’re lucky to do meaningful work. We sometimes even get to save lives. And yet…you can burn yourself out if you don’t take enough time for self-care or time with the people you love.
Your business should be in service of your life, not the other way around.
What do you want your business to make possible for you?
Do you ever say: “When my practice is successful I will finally…”
“When my practice is successful, I’ll only work 4 days a week.”
“When my practice is successful, I’ll start exercising more.”
What are you looking forward to changing once your practice is successful?
What would it take to do those things now? Could you pull it off if you raised your fees a little bit? Would it be possible if you cut back on a couple of expenses?
How could you create more freedom or happiness for yourself right now?
Here are some moves that might bring you more joy and freedom right away:
Schedule a morning walk every week with a friend.
Start your work-day a couple of hours later once a week.
Stop working a couple of hours earlier once a week.
Schedule a week off a couple of months from now and start planning your vacation or staycation.
If your practice won’t allow you to do those things, let’s work on fixing that right away. Like I said, life is too freaking short for that.
The Superpower Method For Therapists® Group Program begins in February. Registration opens on Monday, January 29th.
During the program, I work with a group of passionate, warm-hearted therapists to transform their businesses and bring in more money while also embracing more fun, meaning and freedom.
It’s a 14-week program with lots of interaction and (honesty time!) lots of homework too.
I love running this program because the therapists always blow me away with the changes they make in their businesses.