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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.

  1. 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..
  2. What do you want to do with your practice?  Where do you want it to go?  Visualize everyday what your practice will be like.
  3. What is your definition of success?  A certain dollar amount?  A certain quality to your practice?
  4. What do you get out of doing massage/bodywork?  Does it fill a need to fix people?  Are you able to clearly serve your clientele?
  5. 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?
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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 the practice.

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!












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