Remembering Your Spirit
How do you keep yourself motivated to keep
building your practice and achieving success? What do you do when
you are feeling overwhelmed with bookkeeping, marketing, business building
and client retention in the middle of the rest of your life? One
of the things I have found to keep my perspective in this field is to keep
remembering why I am involved in this field and keep a clear vision of
the future possibilities. Here are some suggestions for keeping the
vision alive and growing.
Start a journal. Use the first few pages
to list all the reasons why you have chosen to study and practice massage/bodywork.
What motivated you to go to massage school? Did you have an injury or problem
that was greatly relieved with massage/bodywork? Did you have a great
experience with massage/bodywork treatments that changed your life?
Write the specifics down so you can remember them always to keep your perspective..
What do you want to do with your practice?
Where do you want it to go? Visualize
everyday what your practice will be like.
What is your definition of success?
A certain dollar amount? A certain quality to your practice?
What do you get out of doing massage/bodywork?
Does it fill a need to fix people? Are you able to clearly serve
How does massage/bodywork make you feel when
you receive a session? If you haven't gotten a session lately, maybe
you should make an appointment. Getting regular sessions helps keep
your perspective as to what clients are going through as well as helping
to maintain balance in your own body. How can you expect people to
come to you once a week if you don't get a massage once a week or at least
a few times a month?
Are you committed to doing your best work
with every client? Do you give your full attention to every client
every minute of every treatment?
Do you take time for yourself so that you
may give your all to your clients? Rejuvenation is necessary to keep
your thoughts positive and healthy.
Each person who walks in the door has made
the decision to take care of themselves with massage/bodywork. How
does it feel to be a part of that process?
As your career grows and your practice changes,
some of the answers to the above may change. If you do this exercise
every 6 months or so, you will be able to see the changes and grow with
Knowing your story and sharing it with others is
the key to building a successful and rewarding practice. Building a peer
supervision group or working with a supervisor is essential. You can also
share your story on the bulletin
board or on the weblog
pages. Participation is what will allow us to become aware of who we
are. Thanks for participating!