Striking a Chord, Not a ContradictionOct 11, 2023
Consider this scenario: You're working ten hours a day, pouring your heart and soul into helping others regain their quality of life.
It's fulfilling work, but it leaves you with just a couple of hours in the evening to unwind and relax. You find yourself dedicating five to six days a week to your practice, cherishing the thought of Sundays, your oasis of rest.
And even then, you're dedicating 50 weeks a year to your profession, eagerly anticipating a mere two weeks of holiday in the summer.
It's a situation that many practice owners can relate to, but it's one that calls for a closer look.
Are we helping our clients reclaim their quality of life, only to neglect our own?
Are we, as practitioners, physically strong and fit enough to enjoy the very experiences we help our clients achieve?
The reality is that our practices should not only predictably deliver outcomes for those who seek our help but also for us as healthcare professionals. It's a two-way street, with mutual benefits.
First and foremost, our practices need to provide predictability in terms of the results we deliver to our clients.
They come to us with the hope of regaining their health, mobility, and quality of life. We have a duty to deliver on these hopes, helping them get back to playing tennis in the evening, picking up their grandkids, tending to their gardens, or enjoying well-deserved vacations.
But it doesn't end there. Our practices also need to predictably deliver outcomes for us—the owners and practitioners.
Predictability here means three vital aspects: meaning, profitability and time.
Predictable profitability ensures that our practices are financially sustainable. It allows us to continue providing quality care to our clients while also supporting our own livelihoods and professional growth.
It means that our practices are not just places of healing but also sound businesses.
Predictable work hours are equally crucial. As practitioners, we should aim for a balance that allows us to enjoy our personal lives, just as our clients should enjoy their regained quality of life. It's about having the freedom to unwind, pursue hobbies, spend time with loved ones, and take those well-deserved vacations without constantly feeling tied to our practice.
In essence, the goal is to create a practice that benefits both our clients and ourselves. It's about achieving that delicate equilibrium where we deliver quality care, reap the rewards of our hard work, and find time to savour life's experiences.
Balancing the needs of our clients and our own well-being is not a simple task, but it's one that's well worth the effort.
It calls for effective time management, delegation, and perhaps even reevaluating our practice models.
Ultimately, it's a commitment to nurturing both our professional and personal lives.
So, to all the dedicated practice out there, remember that your well-being matters too.
Build a practice that not only transforms the lives of your clients but also allows you to savour the richness of your own experiences.
Predictability in both outcomes and balance is the key to achieving this delicate yet rewarding equilibrium.