Your success is highly influence by the mentors in your life.
Being a student of chiropractic is an underlying prerequisite to being a successful DC, and this means you’ll want to work with a coach who can mentor you.
Choose a mentor who understands your business and has been there before. One of the biggest mistakes doctors often make is hiring a consultant who hasn’t experienced the things they are going through or, even worse, has never experienced success on a personal level. As the saying goes, “The test of a good coach is that when they leave, others will carry on successfully.”
Everyone needs a coach, someone to lean on, ask questions of, and follow.
But as important as this principle is, having no mentor is better than having a bad one. Mentoring can save both time and money by allowing you to reach your desired destination faster.
When it comes to building your practice, a coach can be a powerful resource who can help you take action to achieve important goals. Having the right coach can also help you:
Clarify your goals. Your heart may be pulling you in one direction, while your mind is giving you different advice. A mentor can help you determine what’s really important and help you stay focused.
Identify blind spots. Mentors help you figure out what you don’t know.
Be accountable. Mentors keep you on track and moving forward toward new levels of achievement. They might simply tell you to do what you already know you should. Having someone to answer to can motivate you to act.
Focus your development. They help you know the difference between the weak- nesses you need to fix and those best left alone. This can help you invest time and energy on the best opportunities.
Gain a competitive edge. A coach can help you get from point A to point B faster than you could on your own, helping you differentiate yourself and advance your career.
Acquire leadership skills. Coaches model valuable skills for today’s leaders. After you work with a coach for a while, you can start to adopt powerful questioning techniques, which help you become a better listener and a better leader.
Increase engagement. Those who are coached seem to be more involved in their chosen profession.
Feel happier. Coaches help you identify and align your values, create focus, cut through clutter, and help increase your professional fulfillment.
In addition to finding a great mentor, addressing practice assumptions and learning the facts will lead you to success.
- A report of findings educates patients. Education is a journey, not a destination. One report of findings does not educate; education must be an ongoing process.
- Patients cannot afford chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not an affordability issue, it’s a value issue.
- Patients buy your time. You’re selling talent, not time. It’s about the service you deliver, not the time you spend with a patient.
- There are shortcuts to success. Champions know success and work on building policies, procedures, and benchmarks to achieve it.
- Work more and you will earn more. Although it takes time to build a successful career, it’s not the time you spend at work, it’s the quality of care you give.
Challenging your assumptions requires making changes in how you practice and how you deal with patients. The right coach will stoke your success. How much is that worth to you? Think of coaching as an investment, not an expense.
Dallas D. Humble, DC, is an author, business consultant, and speaker. He has written numerous articles and books on preventive health, hope, and the power of restoration including his newest release, The Greatest Chiropractor in the World, available worldwide on amazon. He can be contacted through dallashumble.com.