In the last post, I listed the first 4 keys in this series. Here are remaining three keys in the series.
5. Be flexible.
Many times in practice, they way you hope and think things are going to go is not always how it happens. When I first came out of chiropractic school, I had a certain way I was going to practice. No one was going to influence me (especially my patients) to practice a different way, because after all this way was ‘the best’. Two years later, I had to make a decision…continue to be stubborn and go bankrupt or be flexible and change me practice. Thankfully I chose the latter, but man was it hard to do at the time. I felt like I was going against all I believed in. Well, it turns out my wife, kids and God didn’t have a problem with me being flexible. Don’t make this mistake…be flexible in your practice. (Obviously I’m not talking about compromising your values and ethics here, but the way you run your business.)
6. Be Unique
If you want to be successful in chiropractic, be unique. Most of us practice in areas where patients have a choice of who to go see for chiropractic care. Why should they choose you and your office? The answer to this question is what makes you unique. Don’t have an answer? A few ways to be unique are: be more professional, be more likable, offer different types of treatments (spinal decompression, nutrition, etc), have a unique look about your office, focus on kids or pregnancy or carpal tunnel.
7. Work Less
If you master the previous 6, this one is easy to do. But even if you haven’t gotten them down, you should still work less. It’s proven that you can get more done in less time if you are focused and well rested.This is a result of the 80/20 Rule (Pareto Principle): 80% of your results comes from 20% of your time and effort.
What, you don’t think it’s possible to work less? Try it and you’ll find that many of the things that you thought were important suddenly aren’t so important. Also remember Parkinson’s law- “work expands to fill the time available.” Remember those big tests in chiropractic school, did you wait until the last minute and pull an all nighter? Well studies have shown you remember more and get more covered if you “cram”. So cut back on some hours. Working all the time is only a plan for burnout.
Can you take a day off? Can you take a longer lunch, come in earlier, or finish earlier at the end of the day?