Imposter Syndrome defined by Google as:
“a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success.
‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.”
We all know what it’s like to have an off day, week or even a year where we continuously question our work, our value and we experience the monkey mind that often leaves us feeling like we truly aren’t good enough.
I recently read a decade’s old interview with Meryl Streep in O Magazine who shared that she has been known to quit a film project two weeks before it begins production because of feeling like she’s not good enough and someone has to talk her back into continuing with the project.
Of course Oprah was pretty shocked by this, (after all, we’re talking about Meryl Streep here) and asked her why she felt this way.
Meryl Streep’s answer: “Because I say to myself, “I don’t know how to act—and why does anybody want to look at me on-screen anymore?”
Imposter Syndrome? Uh huh.
So how can the patient-centered design of your healthcare practice help you feel better when you are in deep in the muddy waters of questioning yourself and your work in the world?
Easy. Here are the benefits:
√ The new design of your waiting room, office, staff lounge, exam and treatment rooms–when designed with evidence-based design and holistic principles–are a comfort to your nervous system.
The same benefits your patients and staff receive from your space on a daily basis–the reduction of anxiety and the increase of feelings of comfort, nurturing and safety–you do, too. This is especially helpful on those self-critical days.
√ When your waiting room feels like a hug the moment your patients or clients step into it, your work just got easier.
You don’t have to work as hard at decreasing your patients’ anxiety about a procedure or an illness that requires your expertise because your nurturing space has been specifically designed to build trust and relax the brain/body connection.
My big message to you today?
Your patient-centered space is constantly whispering in your ear that you are good enough.
An investment in the revamping of your medical office or healing space is more than just making the rooms look pretty.
It’s about contributing to the quality of your work life, improving health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs and making sure that your practice will succeed in the marketplace of today and tomorrow.
And it will certainly help nurture you on those days that you feel like giving up because it’s so hard.
Your work is important and so is your space.
Your Biggest Supporter,
P.S. Are you feeling overwhelmed about where to start creating a healthcare space you, your patients and clients love from the moment they walk through your front door? Read this.