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You've joined APHA or another organization. You've taken PracticeUP! courses. You've earned your BCPA. You've met with your attorney and have your contracts ready to go. You have a website ready to go live....
But you just can't launch your new practice. You keep coming up with other things you need to do instead, or barriers that prevent that big step.... Like quitting your day job. Or taking another course. Or asking more people if it's a good idea. You wonder if you know everything you need to know.
Does this sound familiar? And if so, what will it take to actually get your practice going?
The description used for this sort of procrastination is Paralysis of Analysis. You just get too far into your head and you're afraid to take the plunge, so you don't. You postpone... and postpone...
It should not surprise you to know that you are in the majority of almost-advocates - and for good reason. Starting a new business is scary! Spending the time and money without the confidence it will pay off can be overwhelming. Worrying about whether you can really be successful is... well... paralyzing!
Where will your new clients come from? How will they know to hire you?
How can you be sure you can help them. Or - what are you supposed to do if you can't?
What if you fail? Or - what if you succeed and don't have enough time to help everyone?
The Paralysis of Analysis is the elephant-in-the-room of so many almost, not-quite-ready, need-some-confidence advocates - and its time we address it. When you don't launch, then your dreams are dashed, and patients miss out on getting the help they need. It's lose-lose - a no-win situation!
This call, led by Trisha Torrey (APHA Director) will provide you with some usable advice and concrete steps to help you get past your paralysis so you can launch your practice with the confidence required. We'll look at what those mental barriers are, and we'll discuss strategies for overcoming them.
Podcast Available: 32 minutes
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Resources for APHA Members:
- Take courses at PracticeUP! APHA member coupons make them either free or discounted:
- Get discounts on the books mentioned in the call
- Download the free gift: Checklist – Getting Started as a Private Patient Advocate
- Access the resources found in our Just Getting Started with Advocacy Center
Resources for APHA Non-Members:
- Join APHA!
Do so before you make any purchases (courses or books) because as a member, you'll receive discounts on them.
Resources for Everyone:
- Purchase books (like the Start and Grow Your Own Practice Handbook): https://HealthAdvocateResources.com
- Take courses: PracticeUP! Online.com
- Master list of advocacy services, found on AdvoConnection.com
- Learn more and register for the BCPA certification exam.
- Blog posts:
- Dear Abby Lights a Fire Under Health Advocates, too.
- Insanity is Repeating the Same Behavior...
- Henry Ford, Mary Kay, Success and Patient Advocates
- The Best 3 Minutes and 16 Seconds You’ll Spend Today, This Week, Month or Year
- Are You an Impostor?
- Atychi-what? Overcoming Atychiphobia
- More on the Paralysis of Analysis – It’s All About the “M” Words
- Asking WTWTTCH Helps to Overcome the Paralysis of Analysis
- Get Unstuck – Learn to Overcome the Paralysis of Analysis
- General articles:
- Keep Moving or Die: 3 Tips to Prevent Analysis Paralysis (from Forbes)
- Starting A Part-Time Retirement Business Before You Retire (from Forbes)
- Procrastination: It’s Pretty Much All in the Mind (from Pocket)
- Your Secret Mental Weapon: 'Don't Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good' (from Entrepreneur)
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