What A Mud Run Can Teach You About Managing Your Medical Practice

photoA few weeks ago, I completed my very first mud run.

A mud run is a 5K run with obstacles and mud, lots of it. Imagine a military style obstacle course with climbing walls, balance beams, mudslides, mud pools, mazes and all kinds of fun and crazy stuff.

Doing a race like that brought a lot of personal satisfaction. It was a lot of fun and I would probably do it again. But the mud run – and the events leading up to the race – also did another thing for me. It reminded me of an important principle that we often forget in life and in business.

Let me share with you how I was reminded of this important lesson.

I workout somewhat regularly; so I wasn’t too nervous about completing the race once I signed up. But at the very least, I knew I needed to keep up my current workout and healthier eating habits.

Not too mention the fear of having my family – particularly my 7yr old boy – see dad (the almighty one), gas out before the end of the race also kept me going. I couldn’t have my reputation as a Jedi Night be questioned, if you know what I mean. 

Committing to the race, however actually gave me further motivation. The race was like fuel to my mind to maintain discipline with my workouts.

Not only did the fuel help me push myself harder, it also came in handy when I didn’t feel like working out. More times than I can count, I was tempted to skip my workout. I’d say to myself it was too hot, or I was too tired or I had too many things to do at home. But as soon as I started to find excuses to bail, the mud run commitment would pop into my head.

So what did I do? I’d get my butt out the door and go workout. And on race day, boy was I happy I was disciplined in my preparation. My work outs paid off.

So where’s the lesson; where is the business principle that I was reminded of?

The lesson or principle I was reminded of was the power of setting goals for yourself and your practice.

I was reminded that unless we commit to set specific goals and or objectives for ourselves and our medical practice, we rarely find the motivation or discipline to reach milestones, make improvements or push ourselves to do better.

If you want to improve, accomplish, achieve, implement, increase, or whatever it is for you, you have to be intentional about it. A specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound goal is the only way to help you and your practice stay on track. 

A Challenge

The end of the year is approaching. We are in the last quarter of the year.  So I’d like to challenge you to think about and write down two or three things you want to accomplish by year end in your practice.

It may be something you’ve been putting off since the beginning of the year or perhaps it is that idea you’ve been meaning to implement but by the time you finish all the day to day stuff, you are out of gas.

Regardless of what it is, write it down (be very specific about it), and set yourself a time line to accomplish your practice goal. Maybe even share it with your peers, friends, boss, pet dog… I’m serious too (not serious about the dog). Accountability helps as as well.

If you take my challenge, I’m confident you will have an awesome sense of satisfaction knowing your made a commitment, worked towards keeping that commitment and completed what you have set your eyes on.

And as a bonus, your Jedi Night skills will surely not be put into question.