What is Overwhelm?August 21, 2012
Running a practice requires that you wear many hats. Not only do you have to be an amazing practitioner, which you went to school to learn and are passionate about, but you also have to be a shrewd businessperson, which many of you absolutely hate doing!
So many young practitioners go into practice with every illusion of helping lots of people and making a great living only to find themselves buried under all of the daily tasks of running a business. It is very easy to get jaded and find yourself dreading each coming day… not because you no longer enjoy the work, but because you just really don’t want to deal with running the business!
It is easy to lose yourself to the joy of serving. Bills begin to pile up, paperwork is looming and you have a stack of mail to go through that dates back a few months or dare I say, years! You are getting great results with your clients, but it is just no longer fun showing up for work. The stress is at an all time high and you just feel, well, OVERWHELMED!
I find that overwhelm is merely a state of being where you no longer are fully committed to the processes that will get you to the end goal. Think about it. If you truly knew that each element of your business would actually open more doors to serving more and having more freedom to serve, then maybe it wouldn’t be so hard to tackle those tasks.
Now, if some of those tasks simply do not serve your practice vision, then maybe they actually need to be delegated!
I find that typically those who are “overwhelmed” also are lacking clear goals. That is one of the reasons they feel lost. If your goal is simply to show up and see your clients then of course you feel overwhelmed!
Start out by writing down five clear goals for your practice. From there you can begin to understand what processes or systems would have to be developed or followed in order to track down your goals. If you find yourself doing things that are not directly related to your goals, then those tasks need to be delegated.
Give it a shot. Let me know how that works out for you!
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