Clear the fear
Feb 01, 2007
In the subsequent years as we struggled to get back on our feet, I thought: "I have to be smart and know all the answers—or pretend that I do—and I must work really hard so I won't be poor and so people won't leave me." I call this my inherited purpose: the one I didn't consciously pick but that nevertheless affected my life for the next 30 years.
Your practice employs a group of people who have come together for a common purpose—to offer services to pets and their owners. Yet when fear starts to influence the group, when feelings of inadequacy crop up and struggles ensue, this fear-based culture acts like a master saboteur.
Face your fears
Negative thoughts often appear to be realities of business, but they can keep your practice from realizing its full potential. You must root out these fears and clear the air. Some common examples of fear-based, limiting thoughts in veterinary medicine:
Luckily, there are sound strategies to help you move past these thoughts. These strategies can make a profound and lasting difference in your personal and professional life.
First, start listening for and identifying limiting conversations in your practice. When you hear someone speaking from a place of fear, inadequacy, and struggle, it prompts a negative emotion within yourself. Spend a week or two listening to and writing down conversations and actions that seem to detract from your practice's quality of life. Some of these conversations may seem to be truths—things you can't change. These thoughts are the most important ones to identify, because they are often deeply held beliefs that aren't really true but only masquerading as truth.
As you observe and write down limiting thoughts, be careful not to get caught up in these negative emotions—recognize them and do not automatically believe them.
Fear, frustration, anger, resentment, anxiety, worry, resignation, malaise, and burnout—these feelings often shape the experience of being at work. So be aware of the general mood of your practice, particularly when things aren't going the way they should.