I have this theory, I call it the ‘Convergence’ theory.
We all know about rip currents. These are strong, localized, narrow currents of water that converge and cut thru lines of breaking waves. These can occur in the sea and in tidal rivers.
At these intersecting points a lot of energy converges which can be quite dangerous.
Typically a swimmer can be pulled about and not be able to reach the shore.
I use this metaphor in allied health practice.
You may feel inertia, stagnation, paralysis with your own patient flow, that of your practice overall or just in general.
You may notice lots going around all around you. A construction next door or nearby; an extra-clinic project; family or sporting commitments; a business network you head up; not to mention the variety of pushes and pulls going on with your team.
This is like having a tidal rip in your practice.
So what would you if you were caught in a rip.
The best way is to swim parallel to the beach or river edge, often towards breaking waves. This may then assist you to get back to shore or the river edge. Or lifeguards recommend floating to conserve energy.
If you have a ‘PRACTICE RIP’, I recommend the latter. Conserve your energy, and stay still. Don’t try and ‘DO’ rather more ‘BE’! Practice ‘letting go’ and simply sit with the energy for a while. Try not to add unnecessary meaning. It is what it is, nothing more. It doesn’t mean you’re a poor practitioner or practice owner; or you’re not succeeding. Far from it.
Simply observe what’s going on around you and take interest. Encourage your team to do the same. ‘Isn’t it interesting the energy at the moment?’
Your ego will feel composed to take action. Resist. Now is not the time. Conserve your energy and wait for the will of heaven. The universe will guide you and at the right time.
Remember a ‘practice rip’ concentrates a good deal of energy, and this energy will dissipate. When the times right, you will harness it, and your practice will kick back in.
So your job is to simply recognize this convergence phenomenon, observe it, allow it to be, let it go and wait.
You will know what to do and when.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold (Chiropractor) is the ‘Practice Leverage Expert’; Principal Chiropractor and owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre; Accredited Business Coach; Founder, Million Dollar Wellness Practice. Andrew is married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.