I'm currently sitting at home, waiting for the dishwasher repair technician to show up and fix the magical appliance that cuts down my kitchen work (and why we think that giving "windows of time" makes the waiting easier, I have no idea, but that's a different topic). If I had the tools and the knowledge to fix my own machines, I would do that in a second as opposed to putting myself at the mercy of someone I don't know from the hours of 12-5pm.
As a clinician in private practice, I have often found myself in a very similar place: waiting for that next magic training or webinar or conference or coach, to come to me and "fix" my practice. Sometimes I even have the tools and the knowledge I need, but I set them on the figurative (or even literal) shelf and let my practice go on in a less-than-ideal way.
But that is how our world operates today, especially when we see ads like this one:
I think that the real work of building, growing and sustaining a thriving practice is not how many certificates you can get your hands on, how many hours you see clients or how many referrals you get each year. Quite the opposite, I think the real work is learning about what gets in the way of doing what you know you need to do, and choosing something different.
What keeps you from charging your full fee?
What is difficult about setting limits on how many hours you work each week?
What gets in the way of allowing yourself to be fully present with your clients?
What would you have to give up to ask colleagues for support and consultation?
What do you fear would happen if you named your own insecurities as a clinician?
I believe that we expect more tools and knowledge to save our practices, and then even once we get them, we may think that just by having them, they will somehow engage in a kind of osmosis and magically show up in our practices.
But unless we are aware of why we resist and deny and avoid, and then choose something different, we may be waiting for the dishwasher technician for a long time.
In this with you,
** A great next step could be to join me for the Corner Co-op: A Year in Review!