Ahh, good ol’ goal setting. Nothing can bring about more hope and enthusiasm than coming up with goals for yourself and your business! And nothing can bring about more disappointment, frustration, and self-criticism than watching those goals go unmet. *Glares cruelly over at dust-covered vision board of broken dreams from 2016 *
When it comes to growing our business and clientele as therapists, we all know the value in having goals to keep us focused and on the road to success.
Those are some of the goals I used to think mattered to me. Until I realized, they don’t. All of those things are important and certainly need to be addressed. However, when it comes to your goals, they need to have more heart.
Unfortunately, some of the old questions I would ask myself when setting goals were:
Ya know what happened when I spent my time trying to do what I thought I was supposed to be do based on what I saw other people doing? I didn’t meet my goals. And as a bonus, I got to carry around a bag of shame and self-loathing each day to help remind me that I definitely was a failure. So. Much. Fun!
Things changed though when I started asking myself questions from the heart. Questions like:
The problem I see with so many people when it comes to setting goals for their business is that they base them off of other people’s expectations, leading to either a) reaching their goals, but feeling unfulfilled, or b) not reaching their goals because, as it turns out, it’s really hard to achieve something that isn’t compelling to you on a personal level.
But what if we were to all pause for a moment amongst the franticness and hustle of private practice to check in with ourselves and see what we want for our business? What we want for our lives? Check in with ourselves to see what things actually matter to us.
Because if we keep basing our goals off of what other therapists, podcasts, facebook communities, and ingrained expectations tell us, those goals will continue to fall flat. But once we tune into ourselves and find goals that excites us? The world of private practice will become much more fulfilling.
Reconcile Your Accounts
Reconcile Your Accounts
This basically means, check to make sure all your numbers add up. It's incredibly important as it catches any financial entry mistakes and also prevents fraud.
Check to see which customers are overdue on their accounts and which accounts you are still waiting on an insurance payment from. Take action as needed.
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Time to write some checks, or click some "bill pay" buttons... Rent, electricity, cell phone, and so on...
Check to see how you are doing on your monthly budget and consider making adjustments (maybe, buying fewer books next month?).
My Instagram feed sometimes makes me feel like I'm in the middle of a bloody war.
On one hand I have the Boss-Girls: female entrepreneurs that post pictures of meetings, laptops, button up blouses, and empowering slogans. They wear high heels and pencil skirts and love telling me how to kick some butt on their Instastories.
On the other hand I have the Self-Carers: laid back ladies that post pictures of creeks, bubbling brooks, hammocks and yoga classes (with props, not heaters). Their Instastories show me views from their cottages, or meals that they are enjoying late in the morning.
Every once in a while I feel like I'm being asked to pick a side: do I want to hustle, or do I want to flow?
The truth is that I truly love both. I love that charged energy of spending days working hard. I love the feeling of being accomplished and getting sh*t done. My ego eats that up.
I also love being completely lazy. I am built to sleep to 11am. I can lay around and read for a full day without any itch to get up. I have no internal drive to go to the gym. I'm very good at lying around.
Why oh why do we have the idea that one way is right?
Balance is boring.
Every yoga teacher worth their salt will tell you that you only learn to balance by falling. I have never seen the most accomplished yoga teacher balance indefinitely. We aren't made for it. We are beings meant to explore and change. It's wired into us.
Balance isn't a straight line. Instead, it's an even wave with adjustments back and forth. Remember that nice harmonic sine wave from algebra? That's balance right there, loves.
Think about a kid on a balance board: they sway towards one foot, then the other, and the goal isn't to stop moving, but to not hit the ground.
In the same way, running a business will never ever be an even keel. You're gonna hustle sometimes, and you're gonna flow sometimes. Both are necessary. When we get in trouble is when one side is weighted terribly more than the other.
Frankly, neither one is very satisfying without the other. Would Wonder Woman be much fun without a villian? Who is she going to lasso? We need both the hustle and the flow in order to find the balance.
Don't pick a side. Hustle and flow until your heart is content.
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