"The Successful Pharmacy Owner is The One Who Discovers New Solutions Before Big Pharma & The Insurance Companies Destroy it." -- The Pharmacy Sage
Making change is difficult. Very often extremely daunting. Perhaps you’ve even had some nightmares about making some major ones for your own pharmacy.
If you wake up panicked, don’t be.
No matter what motivates you, there will always be emotional enemies lurking in the corners of your mind, waiting to derail you. The 3 major lurkers are fear, uncertainty, and doubt. These imposters live inside you and keep you from even trying to achieve your dreams. But I have a few tips to help you overcome them.
First, think deeply about what you want to achieve for your pharmacy. Then...
1. Put things into perspective
You will never completely overcome your fears. If you let them, emotional enemies will hijack your success and leave you paralyzed and unable to move forward.
The truth is, we all take ourselves a little too seriously. When was the last time you spend hours of sleeplessness worrying about an upcoming deadline? Imagine the worst-case scenario because nothing is as important as we make it.
2. Separate the rational from the irrational.
Most of our fears are irrational. Just like me college nightmare, there will always be times when you question your capabilities, your strength, your courage, your success and the entire direction of your life. Pull those pesky thoughts to the front of your brain and assess whether they’re rooted in reality. More often than not, they are simply playing up your insecurities.
When you’re struggling to confront your emotional enemies, write a list of your biggest accomplishments and place it somewhere obvious as a reminder. Personal affirmations are the best way to reinforce the positive things about yourself that you already know to be true.
3. Create your vision.
Your vision is an expression of your passion, and that passion matters more than you may realize. Your vision should identify what your total pharmacy is all about, how it operates, who your target audience is, and what type of people you’ll want as team members. It represents your wish list, your dreams, and that which you envision for your perfect business a few years down the road.
4. Choose wisely.
I have an intense, lifelong fear of heights. Does that mean I’m going to climb Mount Everest to overcome that fear? No, because overcoming that fear doesn’t serve my goals or push me toward a better life. But I have overcome my fear of public speaking, and I’m better off for it. Be smart about which of the emotional enemies you choose to face.
5. Fill your brain with positive “can-do’s”
Every day we give up a valuable resource: our attention. To whom are you giving the keys of your mind? Filter out the negative and give your attention to uplifting, positive messages. Daily meditations help.
When you feel as if emotional enemies are taking over, remember that life is what you make it, and like most challenges, it’s going to be just fine.
6. Set goals on paper.
Goals drive performance. Can you imagine a football or baseball game being played and no one is keeping score? Goals tell you where you want to go, while performance measurement tells you how well you’re getting there.
To make things easy for you, break your major goals down into smaller ones. The smaller they are, the easier they are to accomplish. And, one success leads to another. Pretty soon, you are in a totally positive mindset, accomplishing one small goal after another. There’s an old saying “nothing succeeds like success.”
7. Then create a road-map of how you will get there.
That’s what strategies are all about: how you plan to allocate scarce resources for the accomplishment of your major goals. Once you do this, not just mentally, but more importantly on paper, then you will find your pathways easy to follow and corrections easy to make .
And now, you should feel more at ease about creating change, especially if you have a passion for what you’re doing and dreams about what you will accomplish in your own pharmacy.