Stop Physician Burnout: One Step to More of What You Really Want in Your Practice

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

physician-burnout-you-dont-get-what-you-want-in-life.jpgStop Physician Burnout: One step to more of what you really want in your practice.

Desire is an interesting and disempowering emotion. When you really, really, really want things to be different and you wake up the next day -- and it is exactly the same as yesterday -- well that is just disappointing to say the least.

If your practice is not what you dreamed it would be ... that difference between desire and reality can be a major source of stress and burnout. 

And yet there is great power in desire/longing/dreams and vision when you have a clear target and the skills to move in that direction. This is what got you through Medical School and Residency - a clear finish line and a way to get there.

You are out in your own practice now. You have the freedom and responsibility to determine what your practice looks like and how it feels ... for you and your family. It is rare that you will find what you seek on someone else's job description.

You will need to change things up to get what you really want in your practice/career/life. This is how you put stress and burnout to its highest and best use.

How can you harness the power of your desire for something different in your practice?

In an adult physician - working in a healthcare organization - what you want (your desires) are irrelevant. You can't simply want something new about your job into existence.

Here is a saying to live by:

You don't get what you want in life,
you get what you TOLERATE. 

BTW, you know you understand the sentence above only when it stings a little bit (or a lot). Read it again - or ask a good friend or your significant other what it means to them - until you can feel the burn personally - before you continue reading this article. 

There is only one way to get what you want in life
- stop tolerating anything less -
and DO something about it. 

I urge you to Raise Your Standards

  • Figure out exactly what it is you really, really want  
  • Take the new and different actions necessary to go and get it 

Without these two steps, you are wallerin' in a world of tolerations.
- At home you are playing a game of woulda, shoulda, coulda and probably find yourself completely stalled on your Bucket List.
- At work you are the captive of a job description that was created by an administrator who did not have you in mind at all when they laid down your list of duties.

physician-burnout-stop-tolerations-mad-as-hell-and-not-going-to-take-it-any-more.jpgIf there is some area of your life or practice where you are feeling stalled, frustrated, blocked from your highest and best use ... you always have the option to decide you are mad as hell and not going to take this any more.

Go ahead and get angry, just don't stop there. 

Einstein's Insanity Trap tells you that nothing will change unless  you channel that frustration into new actions.

Raising your standards and eliminating tolerations is the beginning of all change.

What are you tolerating now and when will you aim for a higher standard?

If you need any help generating answers to that question, show your significant other or a good friend this article and ask:
- Where do you see me tolerating less than I really want in my practice or my/our life?
- What are some things you see that I could choose to change that would make a positive difference? 

This is why we always recommend physicians have an Ideal Practice Description
and be working a plan to build a more ideal practice. Without your IPD you have no target for your efforts.

This is why we also developed an entire team of certified physician burnout coaches. These are experienced physicians (a total of 176 years of combined clinical experience between us) who are certified executive coaches, specializing in prevention and treatment of burnout and leadership skills training for physicians.

Your first "Discovery Call" is no cost, no obligation and completely confidential.

And the shortest path
to more of what you want
in your Practice and your Life
is to Stop Tolerating Anything Less.


What have you stopped tolerating that has made a big difference?
What are you ready to stop tolerating now?

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