Or have you too many detractors in your life that want to keep you with the status quo, from dreaming big?
What is your dream? What were you put on this earth to do (and let me point out it wasn’t just to exist, get a job and then die). Think about what makes you special, just as you are. Don’t wait till – you’re perfect, till timing is perfect, till your weight is perfect, or till your clinic is perfect – don’t wait for anything.
In Napolean Hill’s Think And Grow Rich, chapter 8 is on the topic of Decision: The Mastery of Procrastination. It’s the Seventh Step toward Riches and here’s the first paragraph:
“Accurate analysis of over 25,000 men and women who had experienced failure, disclosed the fact that LACK OF DECISION was near the head of the list of the 30 major causes of failure. This is no mere statement of a theory – it is a fact. Procrastination, the opposite of Decision, is a common enemy which practically every man must conquer.
… People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, IF AT ALL, very slowly, and of changing these decision quickly and often.”
Make a decision today as to the first few steps you can take to be successful – the gurus often say, you have to make a decision to succeed. Which on the flip side means that if you’re not choosing to succeed, you must be choosing defeat or failure instead? I don’t believe that. We certainly don’t consciously set out to fail. But each day we choose not to make a decision but instead procrastinate or let our dream slide, thse decisions affect how our dreams will manifest in the future. So at one level we have to decide each day what can be done to get closer to the lifestyle we dream about. Your clients too have to make a decision to come and see you for your help with a particular health problem. Do you make that easy for them to do that?
How much do you want to make a Difference?
If you do, then I encourage you to take a decisive action about who you surround yourself with, and who you listen to. Everyone needs support in business. Anyone who runs a successful business has support in some shape or form. How often do you doubt your abilities, and dampen your dreams. How often do friends, family, colleagues gladly give their opinions on what we should be doing, or on our new website, or newsletter design – but I hasten to caution – be careful not to treat those opinions with the same significance as we would a professional opinion. Being swayed by others opinion, will not help you reach a decision.
For example, if tell my friends I’m going to a conference in the US about marketing, and they look at me as if I’ve two heads – and ask, isn’t that expensive? Are you sure that’s a good idea? What do you need to do that for? You know the sort of thing.
Be kind to yourself, because it’s so easy to look at our lives and feel disappointed at times. I want you to declutter your mind of all that negative self talk. We often block our own path to success because deep down we feel we aren’t good enough, or believe we can’t make money, or even feel a bit of a fraud to dish out advice since our own health isn’t perfect. Or maybe you’re disappointed because you’ve already tried getting the word out but there are just so many reasons why it’s difficult to grow a practice right now.
The brain is amazing, and I’d like to share with you a technique I have been trying out recently. I know you’re aware of allllll the reasons why it’s difficult to grow your practice, attract clients and be successful. Maybe you obsess about it? Those reasons or beliefs can hold us back (whether true or not), and I want to encourage you to have a detox this week. Not of a junk food detox, but a junk “reasons” detox.
Instead of thinking of all the reasons why you aren’t successful at building your practice, or growing your business further, I want you to think of all the reasons why you ARE successful.
You know the way a book title, name or other detail completely goes out of your head, but given time, it suddenly pops back in (when you’ve allowed your brain to “find” it)?
The brain is amazing, and when you ask it to do something, or ask it a question, it’s going to concentrate, focus more easily and notice what you’ve asked it to notice. (like when you buy a blue car, and then you notice blue cars everywhere?) So why not focus on good reasons why you are successful rather than all the reasons you are not successful. It’s not important that you get an answer as such. Just that your brain will be forced to start focussing on why you are successful (in whatever endeavour) rather than things you feel powerless to change.
So if your life is not currently on purpose, think about what is your destiny and how can you get closer to your life purpose.
Each of us has a dream. It drives us, gives us hope and even courage to keep moving forward. Find that inner resource of determination to bring the strength to continue when time, circumstance and other reasons seem against us. We will all have difficulties at some time in our life.
Your clients have difficulties too. Maybe difficulties that you have experienced too. A client buys from someone who feels they understand them.
And finally, what promises can you make to your clients about your therapy and your service? When you deliver on your promises, clients will return, and will also refer you to others too. In fact, I’ll edit that a bit, under promise but over deliver! Helps clients to feel special, and who doesn’t want to feel special?
Let me know how you get on focussing on all the reasons you ARE successful, by commenting in the box below.