What Happens When You Decide

On July 2, 2014, in inspiration, by Dan

Nothing, actually. Even when you make a great decision, nothing’s happened yet. You haven’t added any new patients, gotten out of a relationship with the wrong associate, or signed a lease. You haven’t changed your practice, or changed your future. You’ve only changed your mind. The part that comes after deciding? That’s when things happen. […]

On Uncertainty

On June 28, 2013, in inspiration, by Dan

“It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E. L. Doctorow Doctorow was talking about writing a novel. But you might just as easily think of building your practice the same way. Sometimes you just can’t see the whole […]

From Here to There: 10 Questions For a New Year

On December 18, 2012, in inspiration, by Dan

“‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat. ‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice. ‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Fast forward […]

Counting vs Weighing

On November 19, 2012, in inspiration, by Dan

“Some days are meant to be counted, others are meant to be weighed.” –Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love It’s easy to count things. New clients. Facebook likes. Dollars in, dollars out. The number of to-do’s crossed off your list. What’s tougher is weighing. What’s that new patient worth? How valuable is a Facebook like? How […]

On Mistakes

On September 14, 2012, in inspiration, by Dan

“Life is lived forward and understood backward.” – Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher Replace life with practice. Then cut yourself some slack. Have a great weekend, everyone. -Dan  

In Good Hands

On June 8, 2012, in acupuncture marketing, inspiration, by Dan

Lynn Jaffee offers up some great suggestions on how to be an acupuncture expert. I think one of the things that differentiates an expert from the rest of the pack is their ability to make you feel that you’re in capable hands. Expert authors and filmmakers and speakers do it with a commanding storytelling “voice” […]

Agree or Disagree?

On April 19, 2012, in inspiration, by Dan

‘Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.’ – Stephen King, On Writing Replace “art” with “practice”. You can agree or disagree, but I’m pretty sure it’s important to choose…    

No One Needs What You Do

On March 17, 2012, in inspiration, by Dan

It’s true. No one needs what you do. No one suffers from a shortage of acupuncture or a lack of massage. No one is experiencing a chiropractic outage or struggling with insufficient naturopathy. What they are short on is what those things do. Or, to put it in limerick form for Saint Patrick’s Day: In […]

Worth Remembering

On March 14, 2012, in inspiration, by Dan

We spend a lot of time trying to remember things. To-do’s. Appointments. Lists.  It’s the core skill set we’re taught in school, and we have a whole world of external memory tools to help us out–things like day timers and post-it notes, to-do lists and software programs, calendars and smart phones. One of the great […]

Dog and Ostrich: A Practice Haiku

On February 16, 2012, in inspiration, by Dan

Furred one digs, searches Feathered one pretends, avoids Both heads in the sand Which one are you in practice? The ostrich or the dog?  

What Got You Here…

On January 18, 2012, in inspiration, strategy and philosophy, by Dan

The greatest misconception among health care professionals is that your training is enough to make you successful. It isn’t. It’s not anyone’s fault, but the challenge, whether you’re in your first year or tenth, remains the same: The skills that got you to graduation aren’t the same ones you need to successfully grow your practice. […]

4 Ways to Start Next Year Right

On December 29, 2011, in inspiration, marketing, strategy and philosophy, by Dan

Hi All, Next year is almost here! Thanks to the many (wow!) of you who took advantage of the pre-order special on The Practitioner’s Journey workbook. The offer ends on December 31. Before then, you can get the digital workbook for just $9.95, or the original eBook and the workbook together for just $14.95. Click […]

Help for Your Practice in 2012

Even the most devout anti-resolutionist has a tough time not thinking ahead at this time of year, and we’re no exception. If you’re like us, your thoughts are turning toward the New Year, and how to improve your practice. Here are three upcoming happenings here at TPJ for 2012 that we think will make a […]

What Do All Successful Practitioners Have In Common?

On November 2, 2011, in inspiration, by Dan

‘Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.’ — Thomas Alva Edison Our next book is in the works. Like The Practitioner’s Journey, part of the writing process is looking for patterns. I’ve been interviewing successful practitioners for the past few months, digging […]

Create Your Own Yardstick

On July 20, 2011, in inspiration, strategy and philosophy, by Dan

A practitioner once told me, “I’ve cried a lot of tears from comparing myself to others.” What she meant was that constantly comparing yourself to other practitioners is exhausting and destructive. She meant that feeling like everyone around you is more successful than you are is a tough way to go through life, and ultimately, […]

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