About half of my private practice coaching clients are just starting out in business for themselves. We work on setting up a business, establishing a niche, gaining a good reputation in town, pulling together marketing efforts, and establishing relationships to get the referrals flowing. The other half of my coaching clients are stuck – in a deep rut. Sounds bad, eh? Actually these are the lucky ones (most of those who are stuck are so stuck that they are numb and never reach out for help). Sure they are stuck, but they have the insight to know that they need help – someone to pull them out of the rut with both hands!
How are you doing? Whether or not you are in private practice, how are you doing with your clinical work? Are you pumped? Are you excited? Or are you (just) okay?
Do you feel like you have the same dog and pony show that you’ve had for years? I know that I can do my 45-minute initial assessment with my eyes closed – is that a good thing or not? Are you feeling more fatigued during sessions? Do you dread Monday mornings?
Maybe it’s time to shake up things. You are not going to get any better or any stronger if you keep lifting one pound weights when you really can be lifting ten pound weights.
Whether we are talking about increasing your referral base or broadening your clinical skills, you’ve got to do something if you want to keep moving. In this age of Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 there is constant movement. Simply said, you can’t stand still; you are either moving forward or you are moving back.
If the rut is really deep, call in a business coach to pull you out! If you prefer to do it on your own, put aside 30 minutes a day to create your plan and WORK IT! When you do, you just might find a skip in your step, a smile on your face, a new-found energy and enthusiasm for your work, and more business than you can imagine.
So, how are you doing?
Deborah Legge is a counselor, an assistant professor, specializes in coaching counselors in private practice, and is the founder of InfluentialTherapist.com