There are five words that will kill your practice in a heartbeat.
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The five words are: I could never do that.
Until you become a chiropractor, you spend 24 years of your life in a school setting. In a school setting life is pretty much the same every day. You gather information from instructors. You study that information. You take a test to see if you learned the information presented.
Success is all about passing a test.
Then you get thrust into the real world. You have passed all the tests so success should come easy right? Patients will just show up, right?
You have to learn a lot of different skills that have nothing to do with passing a test. You have to learn how to market. You have to learn how to manage staff and payroll and all the other things that go with owning a business.
Above all, you have to realize that practicing chiropractic is nothing like treating lower trimester students in chiropractic college.
Seeing patients in the student clinic is easy. They have to be there. They want to be there. They more or less get chiropractic and are excited about it.
Not so with John Q Public. They don’t care that you passed your tests. They don’t care that you have a lease payment due and student loans due.
They aren’t going start care unless you get outside your office and meet them and tell them the chiropractic story.
This means networking, lunch and learns, screenings, handing out business cards, taking classes at gyms to meet people (while wearing clinic branded attire), giving and effectively closing health talks, and screening. (Closing to me means presenting a compelling call to action.)
“I could never do that,” you may be saying. It makes you scared and uncomfortable is what you really mean.
Well, think about how a patient feels coming into your office for the first time. They know nothing about you, your staff, or chiropractic. I had a patient tell me that her mom thought she was crazy for coming to see me. Her mom had heard that a chiropractor had killed a baby on an airplane by adjusting it.
As crazy as that sounds that’s the kind of stuff that is floating around about chiropractic.
It takes a certain amount of bravery for a patient to come into your clinic. I think we owe to them to be brave and do things that make us uncomfortable so we can serve them better. Their health depends on it.
So get off your butt, get out of your office, swallow your pride, put on your big boy/girl pants and stop saying “I could never do that.”
About the Author
My name is Dr. Shawn Andrews. I am a ten-year chiropractic veteran. My wife and I practice in a medium-sized city in southern Minnesota. I am not a coach or a consultant. I am a guy just like you. I have been on the brink of bankruptcy. I came back from the edge of the abyss and now:
- My clinic has seen a minimum of 10% growth every year since that fateful year of nearly losing it all. (I am a slow and steady kind of guy.)
- I now take home way more than the average chiropractor.
- My wife and I have five amazing kids. We have the freedom to take vacations, and she homeschools our children because SHE CAN! We have the life we want to have and the freedom to grow and change.
- I have a fantastic staff. Three of the four of them have been with me for almost five years. (How many clinics can say that?)
- I am absolutely in love with what I do for a living! I love CHIROPRACTIC.
I may not have the biggest clinic, but I am doing better than most. I am a bit of a leadership and personal growth junky. That has helped me grow my practice and succeed in life. So my hope is that you will come along side me, and together we can elevate each other, our businesses, and our beloved profession. I will take what I have learned over the years and distil it into bite-sized, actionable chunks to help you grow yourself and your practice!