I often get comments from other helping professionals and practice owners that go something like this…
‘Geez Gerda, you are so brave to be doing what you are doing’
‘Geez Gerda, you are breaking all the rules in the industry, I don’t think I could do that’
‘Geez Gerda, aren’t you afraid of getting into trouble with the APS & AHPRA?’
As a result, I have come to realise that I’m seen as a bit of a rule breaker (how badass of me!) within the industry.
And although I would gladly wear the badass badge, I don’t really think that I’m breaking ANY rules for that matter.
Well, not any rules set by the APS Ethical Code or AHPRA for that matter.
I suspect the ‘rules’ that I am breaking are the rules that helping professionals and practice owners have within their own minds…
Those mental blocks, built up over the years, as a result of FEAR, as a result of SCARCITY thinking, as a result of taking other people’s stuff and fear onto themselves – how limiting!
Don’t get me wrong. When I just started out – as an immigrant from another country that didn’t have any background knowledge of the Australian Allied Health & Mental Health Industry – I succumbed to the same scarcity thinking. How can you not, when everyone else you talk to are aligned to fear and scarcity…?!
But after 3 years of day to day struggle, I just thought enough already.
This is not fun.
This is not how I want to feel day in and day out…
…being scared of being judged, being scared of getting into trouble (oh, my poor little ‘Adaptive Child’ was suffering), being scared of stepping out of line.
So I made a conscious decision to start running my practice as a business, but within the rules.
Not the rules of fear and scarcity, but the rules of the Ethical Code and AHPRA, all within the context of business principles and abundance.
So how do I do this…?
FIRST, I make sure that I know exactly where the line is.
SECOND, I am not afraid to operate close to the line. I force myself to look at the line, become familiar with the line (like that curious observer that Acceptance & Commitment Therapy encourages us to be) and then I go, OK, I know you inside and out, so I know what I can and can’t do.
THIRD, I don’t listen to the fear-mongering of those whom are scared of the line. Yes, I know they have my best interest at heart (I love them for that) but please don’t project your fear onto me. I’m here to make a difference and fear isn’t going to get me there. And… let me just say this… a significant amount of the time, your fear is based on inaccurate information, on hearsay. When last have you actually read the Ethical Code?
FINALLY, I refocus back on why I do what I do, my purpose, my passion.
Not being afraid of the line, breaking all the traditional rules of running a private practice, allows me, my team, my clients, and my community to have the competitive advantage amongst those whom run their private practice from fear and scarcity as it allows us to help more people in more effective ways.
And the best thing of all, is this…. so can you 🙂
Yours in Private Practice Success,