That was some great dialog today on our POD call. I was going take some time to get my thoughts down but I decided to take my own advice to do it now rather than wait until later. These calls really get my juices flowing and it just reminds me about how many great conversations I've had with the coaches, as well as many of you.
As you guys hear all the time, there are many doctors that are doing great in practice right now. For those of you who aren't in that boat...you're not alone at all. Really though, isn't that why most of us were here in the first place? But remember that there are many of us that are also struggling with you. There are many of us that have had our ups and downs, and as you've heard from others, there will ALWAYS be things that you will have to struggle with regardless of the number of patients you see or how much money you make.
If I've learned one big idea over these past few years is that we simply aren't alone on these matters. I've had some great times over the years and have had many low ones too. The difference between me now and the old me is that I'm even more determined not to give up, so it frustrates the heck out of me when I hear that someone has identified something in their life or practice that is preventing their growth, and yet they're "not ready" to handle it right now. If you're feeling frustrated...well hell I say that's good so come feel frustrated with me. Now just go do something about it.
I view my practice similar to a giant maze. Sometimes you're going to hit a dead end. So you can sit and cry about it or you can go somewhere else. If you've still got the drive in you, turn around and find a better path...or scratch and claw your way over the walls if you prefer. The only thing different about this maze is you're not trying to get to the end, but rather looking for a better path in your journey. Your struggles now are going to make your rewards so much sweeter. The things we are trying to accomplish right now aren't impossible missions. If you want to see some, rent the mission impossible movies and you can see some things that are out of reach. You CAN do it, and the people who are succeeding should serve as evidence and motivation for you.
If you stuck around on the call late, you might have heard that Dr. Sovinsky mentioned that my wife and I drove out to Brain Spa...which by the way, we did that two years in a row. When we first started, we didn't know how we were going to afford, only that we couldn't afford not to. So we scratched together everything we had and drove 24 hours straight and then back home to practice. All of us have our obstacles. Cars break down, bills pile up, people get sick, etc. But I don't think people succeed in life in spite of these excuses; they rather succeed because they don't let their vision get clouded every time they run into a dead end. I can tell you that when we signed up for Brain Spa, we didn't do it knowing how we were going to afford it--and still really don't know. All we do know is that we've already signed up and are committed to being there. The rest we figure out as we go along. So I hope to see all of you there. Everyone here is apart of your support system so you don't need to feel alone in this tribe. We share in our successes and our failures.