As much as we may wish to avoid it, there will be certain times when we will be unable to avoid confrontation, particularly in the workplace. Whether it involves an employee who is not performing up to standard, another DC in your group wanting to make changes to the practice with which you disagree or an insurance company refusing to pay out on claims in a timely fashion, workplace confrontations are inevitable. For years, the standard workplace management philosophy was that any confrontation was bad.
As a DC, particularly if you are working for yourself, coping with failure can have consequences beyond just feeling sorry for yourself. If your practice fails to grow by attracting new patients or, worse yet, is unable to retain your current ones, it’s not just a business failure. It can feel like a personal one because you have poured so much of yourself into your practice, to the point where it can be difficult to separate your personal life from your professional one.
As somebody who works in the helping profession, you know all too well the value of supporting your patients on their journey to wellness. This can often include recommending self-care techniques, such as meditation. However, you may find it difficult to take the advice you give your patients and incorporate these techniques into your own daily life.
The months from October to December are invariably the most difficult for you and your patients to maintain a healthy diet. From that first mini Hershey bar that you sneak from Halloween candy bowl to that last glass of champagne to ring in the New Year, there are endless opportunities to overindulge in fattening foods and calorie-laden drinks. By the time the holidays are done, you are ready to start over with a clean slate and a bunch of New Year’s resolutions to get back on track with your healthy lifestyle.
We all have certain habits that we know are bad, but we aren’t sure how to change. Whether it’s that chocolate glazed donut that calls your name from the bakery box that your coworker left in the break room or continually hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock, you know you shouldn’t be indulging these habits, but you just can’t seem to help yourself. However, the key to swapping out bad habits for better ones is to keep the new habits small.