Ask any private practice owner what one of their main goals is and you'll likely hear "to be full." Full is the benchmark of success.
But what does full actually mean?
I wondered this as well, so took to the streets (actually a Facebook group for therapists) and asked. The range of answers was really interesting.
Full ranged from anwhere from 5-35 clients in a week!!!
So many factors influence what "full" is. Are you working another job? Are you renting space from someone else and restricted to certain time slots? Are you the sole income provider for your family or sharing the load with a partner? Do you have a personal limit before you burn yourself out completely?
We are all different, with different priorities, different focuses (or should that be focI? What is the plural of focus???), different client popultions. Of course this is going to impact what our idea of full is.
However, as practice owners, we can fall into the slippery slope of comparing ourselves to others. We hear that someone is "full" and may think that they are totally more successful than us. However, their definition of full may be completely different than ours.
And really, does it really matter what someone else is doing?
I get it. I have been known to do a few rounds with the green-eyed jealousy monster. It was probably one of the most difficult parts of those early days of private practice. I would be sitting in my office, all by myself, phone not ringing and waste hours agonizing over other people and how their practices were going (not my shining moments, I admit).
This helped me in exactly zero ways in building my own practice. I could have been connecting with people in my community. I could have been working on copy that spoke to my ideal client for my website. I could have been doing some self-care. Things that would actually be useful rather than increasing the probablity of yet another freak out in my kitchen (my favourite place for sobbing over what a loser I was).
Once I let go of comparing and focused on my practice and what full meant for me, guess what? I got full.
So let go of other people's definitions of full. Let go of comparing. Be the amazing you that you are meant to be. Full will come, on your terms.