Stop doing these things to become more successful (Part 1) (Proceedings)
Success – it's what we all strive for in life. Whether we want a successful career or relationship, we all seek the best in ourselves and others. And most veterinarians achieve success. You're successful because you were accepted and graduated from veterinary medical school; you're successful in your daily practice; you've probably been successful at most things in life.
And therein lies the problem. Because we've been successful most of our lives, we become resistant to change. After all, we've made it this far doing what we've done, why should we change?
As a practice owner, management consultant, personal trainer, and triathlon coach, I frequently have the opportunity to work with individuals who want or need to change. Maybe they want to take their veterinary practice to the next level or perhaps they want to lose weight or it may be an employee I'm trying to promote, whatever the objective, these people are confronting change. How successful they'll be at reaching their next set of goals largely depends on how successful they are at overcoming their resistance to change.Time to change
I've discovered over the years that it's usually our own actions and behaviors that limit our progress. All we see is that some element of our life isn't what we want: decreased income, decreased intimacy, decreased happiness or health. In other cases someone else, a boss, physician, spouse or friend has encouraged us to seek change in some part of our life.
Recognizing our bad habits
The cause of these problems, more often than not, is rooted in our behavior. We have developed dozens of bad habits we carry into our work environments and homes and repeat them over and over. These bad habits can be cured by 1) identifying them, 2) demonstrating the damage and confusion they create in the people around you, and 3) showing that with a simple tweak of your behavior the negative, damaging effect can be converted into a positive one. Only by recognizing our bad habits can we ever hope to change them.
As successful individuals, we often shrug off the idea that we may be fallible or endangered. After all, we're successful. But are we deluding ourselves? Everyone makes some or all of these assumptions, either out loud or internally:
These delusions are the result of success, not failure. We wrongly assume that because we've been successful in the past we will be successful in the future. And that ain't necessarily so.