My Awesome Practice: Tidying Up for 2018

We talk to therapists all the time who LOVE what they do, but they feel a little trapped with the business and process task of running their private practice. Creating an awesome practice that you love doesn’t often happen by accident. And what you need to feel confident, secure, and happy as a business owner will change over time.

Tidying Up Your Private Practice

You see it everywhere right now, people taking a deeper look at processes, stuff, and life focus. Whether it is the KonMari method, documentaries on minimalism, or the TinyHouse movement many of us are looking to simplify, declutter, and refocus on what really matters. Your business impacts your life in many ways. There are a few simple truths about business:

  • It is hard to get the rest of your life in balance if your business isn’t in balance.

  • What we do in business often mirrors what we do in the rest of our lives.

  • The issues we need to work on in the rest of our lives, often show up in our businesses.

Tidying Up Your Private Practice: Will You Join Us?

For the next several weeks we are going to be taking you through a process of exploring your business and looking for places to tidy-up if you will so you can develop an elegant practice that creates deep change for your clients, and the life balance that you need. Will you join us in this journey? Really commit to setting aside some time to explore your private practice and make a plan for change?

Step 1: Create a Clear Vision and Focus

The therapy process with our clients is often their first opportunity to start to fully envision the life that they want without judgment. We know that for many, just allowing themselves to create and name that vision is life-changing. It is almost impossible to embody a vision that we don’t is possible or that exists.

This week we want you to look back at last year, at a typical day in your private practice, at a really good day, and a really bad day… Take some time to journal about each of these- maybe 5 minutes on each. Get clear about where things are currently. That will give you some important data. Remember, good or bad- this is just data that is going to help inform the really fun part!

Your Perfect Day

Next, spend about 30 minutes writing out in as much detail as you can your perfect day. This isn’t a vacation day, this is a normal work day in private practice. Write out moment by moment from the time you gain awareness in the morning to the time you lose awareness in the evening. Include what you look like, what you feel like, what you eat, how you move, your client sessions, when things happen, when things are still and quiet. Pay attention to your personal relationships, your health, social relationships, your spirit… what do you really need to be able to end each day feeling amazing about the work that you do and wake up the next day feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to do it again? This process can be surprisingly uncomfortable sometimes, but it is incredibly powerful.

How Will You Use Your Perfect Day

This exercise will be used throughout the next several weeks, and you can also use it to inform your entire next year in private practice. Don’t worry, you can make adjustments as needed to clarify your perfect day if something you envision leads you to more awareness of something else you need. You will filter decisions about your work, life, finances, and everything else based on this vision.

If you are “in” and ready to go along this journey with us for the next 6 weeks, comment below and say “I’m in” and share one thing from your perfect day that you can commit to starting to do immediately! If you aren’t already subscribed, you can click below to make sure you get reminders each week and a new area to assess and streamline in your business!

Miranda Palmer

I have successfully built a cash pay psychotherapy practice from scratch on a shoestring budget. I have also failed a licensed exam by 1 point (only to have the licensing board send me a later months later saying I passed), started an online study group to ease my own isolation and have now reached thousands of therapists across the country, helped other therapists market their psychotherapy practices, and helped awesome business owners move from close to closing their doors, to being profitable in less than 6 weeks. I've failed at launching online programs. I've had wild success at launching online programs. I've made mistakes in private practice I've taught others how to avoid my mistakes. You can do this. You were called to this work. Now- go do it! Find some help or inspiration as you need it- but do the work!