Today I want to ask you a question and I hope you’ll answer it honestly and rom your heart. That question is, “Are you following the path to least resistance?” What I mean by that is, is there things that you know need to be changed in your business or personal life, and yet thoughts similar to these pops into your head such as, “It’s going to be a lot of work.” Or, “I know it’s the right thing to do, but is it the right time?” “What will people think of me?” “Will I fail?” “Will it affect my business in an adverse way?” “What will that do at home?” “Will it cause too much stress?” “Will it take me away from my family for a period of time?” ”Should I just keep doing what I’m doing because it’s working for the moment even though I’m not feeling fulfilled?” Those thoughts that we think about as we dream about different things in our life can really get in the way and cause us to maintain status quo. It’s one of those things where you’ll get what you tolerate.
So, when you’re following the path of least resistance, you know what your patients do. They have habits. They get stressed and immediately they think food or they should be working out. But then they think that it’s going to cause too much pain. They don’t want to get up too early. Their joints hurt. We go through these thoughts and conversations in our mind. For your business there’s no time like the present to think about whether you’re just following the path of least resistance? Or, is there something that’s bigger of better? Or, something that’s going to be more fulfilling for you in your business that you could be doing that could really make a difference?
I want you to think about it from a business perspective. Perhaps there are some things that you’ve noticed but you don’t want to take the time to address them, or you don’t think you have the time to. But, they can always snowball into something bigger. Is it that you’ve had less cases? Maybe you’ve had less patient referrals? Perhaps there have been some relationship issues at the office. Maybe you have an employee that’s causing negative side effects for your patient and staff satisfaction. You think it would take so much work to train someone else and you just keep putting up with it. The reality is that it could negatively affect your business, and ultimately affect your revenue and personal satisfaction at work. We should all be doing something that we really enjoy. I know from a personal perspective I’ve seen that happen in practices that I’ve managed. The business just wants to keep doing what they’re doing because it’s so much easier. “It’s so much harder to replace someone at the office.”
Even in my own business where I knew that I wanted to start consulting and I knew it was a passion of mine, and help so many physicians. Yet, I dragged my feet because of that conversation in my head: “Is there really a need out there?” Or, I thought, “Will I fail?” “What will people think of me?” The reality is I just love it. I love consulting. It’s been one of those things that I started to grow very slowly. It took me way too long. It was three years to really get up the gumption to do it in a bigger way. I couldn’t be happier about it. Now, I wonder (just like many patients say) why I waited so long? Why didn’t I just bite the bullet and do it because it’s so enjoyable. I get to work with great team members here and I get to work with great physicians and their staff. It’s so much fun for me.
If you’re following the path of least resistance but you know in your heart that changes should occur, and you know your business and/or marriage would be better off, I’m going to give you 5 tips to help manage that.
The first tip is, you need to recognize no one’s going to do it for you. This is one of those things where you have to ‘man up’ or ‘put on your big girl pants’ and think through what it is that you want to accomplish. Realize that you may be able to get assistance along the way. But truly to make those changes, you’re the one that’s going to have to be able to change and who’s going to have to take those steps. Nobody’s going to do that for you, whether it’s your health or your business. You’re going to have to take control. You have to recognize that right up front. Realize that you do have control. It’s up to you, and you have control over the situation.
The second thing is to dream a bit. I know that sounds a little strange. But think about what it is you’d really like to see. What do you know you want to be doing? What do you know that your office can accomplish? Dream about that and even document it. That’s even better. You can use a vision board. There’s a number of different ways you can bring that into a real reality for yourself. Once you can visualize that and have some affirmation, you can document it.
The third tip is to document. The fourth tip is to plan and implement. Your daily actions have got to lead you toward that. It’s so easy to just keep doing what you’re doing and sticking with the grind. But that’s not going to get you anywhere. Before you know it, 10 years has gone by and you’re thinking you could be a lot closer to retirement, better outcomes, and better relationships at home or at the office, or more revenue. All those things you’ll realize later that if you had just made a few tweaks or changes along the way, you could have made greater strides and more of a difference. You recognize it, dream about it a bit, you document what it is you want to accomplish. You get a plan together, and then you implement that plan.
The 5th tip is there’s nothing wrong with getting help, getting a coach. I know you might think you don’t need a coach for my business or home or marriage. But the reality is that it can get you from point A to B in a much quicker fashion. I’m a big fan of coaches. We’ve used them in practices where people come in and work with the staff. I love going into practices and help coach them to what they want to accomplish and help them do out-of-the- box sorts of things. A little bit of ‘disruptive medicine’ so to speak. Whether it’s a different feel, a different way of training the staff, or a different way of adding revenue streams. That really gets me jazzed. A different way to focus on a true return on investment. Coaches can make all the difference in the world. I know from a personal perspective in terms of consulting, I’ve had the joy of having a very supportive husband and a supportive staff. But, I’ve also used outside coaches who have really pushed me and made me think very differently. They made me strive and think of quicker ways to get from point A to point B. I’ve probably made more progress in this past year than I have the previous 2 or 3 years put together. It’s all because I’ve had some effective coaching. I’m even going to do a podcast with one of my coaches that I’ve used. I just want you to realize you’re not out there alone. There are coaches that can help you with whatever aspect you want to improve. If it’s something related to Bariatrics, I’d love to be able to coach you through that. I want you to know something that really helpful. I do coaching but I also utilize a coach because I really believe in it! It would be odd if I coached people or I helped them build their business but I didn’t believe in it myself enough in order to utilize coaches as well.
I hope that’s been helpful. Once again, the path of least resistance is so easy to follow, but is it the right thing to do? Will it get you where you want to be? In all likelihood the true heartfelt answer to that is NO! Your steps to get there is to recognize that nobody can do it for you. You’re the one that has to take those steps to make change. Dream about what it is you want to accomplish. Think big! Visualize it! Have affirmations for it. Document what it is you want to accomplish, whether it’s a business plan or journaling. Set a plan and then, as you implement it, you might need some coaching. There’s nothing wrong with that. It can be very helpful. It can get you there in a much quicker way.
So, those are my tips for getting out of the habit of following the path of least resistance. If I can help in any other way, it’s Karol@weightlosspraacticebuilder.com
I hope you know I wish you nothing but the best. I hope you’re not just following the path of least resistance and you’re going for it each and every day. I hope you’re feeling fulfilled and that you’re accomplishing goals you really want to accomplish in your personal life, your business, and for your patients. In the meantime, take care. I’d love to talk to you. Reach out to me if I can help in any way.