What is it that is holding you back from making progress on the new employee orientation process? Or crafting a clear vision where you and your practice should be in three years? Or planning that international anniversary trip with your spouse?  Or creating a consistent marketing plan for your practice?

If you have your own heath and wellness practice, these will all sound familiar to you. You’re overwhelmed. Like you, I have started and stopped on journeys toward these exact goals multiple times. The process usually goes like this:

  • Read several books on the topic.
  • Take a course or two.
  • Draft an outline, and write a multiple-page document on the project.
  • Write it for the most advanced person in my audience.

Again and again, I have started all of these projects with good intent – and they never even make it beyond the walls of my brain and office. A predictable pattern emerges:


  • Frustration sets in.
  • I doubt myself and my ability to grow this practice, indulging in self-criticism.
  • I go back to what makes me feel competent – treating patients.
  • My schedule gets overloaded and I am once again trapped without the time necessary to grow my practice.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

~ Albert Einstein

I have really gained traction in the past few years in breaking this routine of insanity. And I share the benefit of my experience with this helpful advice so you may escape the madness of the hamster wheel.

Five No-Fail habits to move diligently forward toward your goals:


  1. Schedule focus time with a limit

    • Schedule a “focus block” of time each day to work on your projects
    • Choose a time each day when you are at your peak energy, in an area will you will not be interrupted, and for a reasonable amount of time.

  2. Always communicate at the beginner level

    • Remember to make it SIMPLE, clear, and very basic.
    • Assume your reader knows NOTHING, and start at the beginning, as you would with a child.

  3. Delegate:

    • Things that are in your “drudgery zone” (These are tasks you not competent in and are not passionate about.)
    • Understand that there is someone else who is both competent and passionate and will do a better job than you.
    • Delegate clearly what is expected, using my delegation reference as a guide.

  4. Think of your project like Wet Cement (or an experiment that is not set in stone)

    • Perfectionism is the enemy of progress.
    • Everything can be changed….and will be changed.

  5. Set a date and “Ship It”

    • Draw a line in the sand and consider it completed.
    • We can’t reach our destination if the car is not moving.
    • We can always revise and refine in the future.

I invite you to sign up for my weekly email, Tips to Growing Your Healthcare Practice, so I can send you my Delegation Level Reference. This handy reference guide will help you overcome your need to do it all yourself – and will make it easier for you to identify tasks that can be delegated, freeing up your time to grow your practice!

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