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 Subject : Mindset.. 09/11/2017 11:12:07 PM 
Veeral Vyas
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I've had some really unique experiences and don't claim to be an expert, but just wanted to share some experience and shed some light on this important subject of our mindset. As a new practitioner and even a seasoned practitioner it's easy to say that our lives can be very busy as we are trying to juggle the transition. Recently, I had the chance to visit Michigan and have a new perspective on the way our mindset affects our day-to-day practice, and even life. These are just my thoughts and experiences that have helped me.

After graduation we’re so filled with so many things we want to accomplish and our idea way of wanting to practice. Being filled with such hope and promise, more often than not people start working and their day is done before they know it. The way they wanted to practice slowly starts to slip away from them become all but just a wish. Why is this that happens?

In my opinion a lot of it has to do with mindset and the way we attack our days. Henry Ford said, “whether you think you can or you think you can’t you’re right.” This can be applied to our practice sites and lives as well. If you believe you can and that’s your dominant thought process you will start to attract ideas, circumstances and situations that will allow you to accomplish what you’re aiming to accomplish. Whether it’s increasing the counseling opportunities with patients or incorporating new services at your site, nothing can occur without a proper mindset.

Once you incorporate the mindset that you want to do something then you have to start thinking in possibilities of how can you go about accomplishing the vision you have for your practice. In doing this, many people get hung up on the fact that what you may be trying to accomplish has never been done before. You’ll start to have the critics and the “well-wishers” start to tell you things such as:
• “don’t aim to high or you’ll be disappointed”
• “no one has ever done that, why do you think you can?”

This brings me to another point that I learned from my time in Michigan observing principles from Henry Ford. “If I would have asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse”. What he meant by that was, in the time and age when Ford was creating an affordable, efficient process for the average family to have a car; it was something that had never been done before. The people around him who couldn’t see past what was already done couldn’t see anything beyond that. Ford was different though; he had a vision to create an efficient process, leading to affordable cars for the average family. In the same way, in our practice sites, if we want to become preceptors or start a clinical service, you just have to have a mindset that IT IS POSSIBLE. Then backtrack on how to get there while disassociating with anyone who does not support or edify your goal/vision.

Hope this inspired someone to reach out and give back! Would love to see tips and tricks that have worked well for you that might help future readers. Comment down below!

Sincerely,

Veeral Vyas, PharmD
 
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