We get so many questions from practitioners.
Many boil down to what the practitioners we work with who have the most success in functional medicine do to achieve it?
It’s such a great question.
Ultimately there is so much information out there on functional medicine. It can be mind-boggling.
Knowledge is great, but ultimately that alone does not create success.
To help understand what works, let’s talk about two of the biggest reasons why functional medicine practitioners fail.
We’ve worked with so many practitioners in the past.
We’ve seen limiting beliefs, limiting factors, and hurdles that have stopped them from going to the next level.
They are getting in their own way.
The number one factor holding practitioners back from success is the lack of self-belief.
By far, this is the most important.
It’s such a mindset game. A new identity, a new world, and it’s outside of conventional medicine.
Functional medicine practitioners are swimming against the current, and they always will be. Functional medicine will never be mainstream due to politics and economics against it.
That only creates more strength in these practitioners!
More strength to get over self-belief issues.
I like to ask people exploring functional medicine, “Are you the person your patients want to be around? Are you solving all those limiting beliefs in yourself, so that you can lead your patients?”
How can you support patients through their transformation, if you aren’t able to transform yourself?
Those that succeed are stretching beyond their comfort zone. We have to celebrate feeling uncomfortable because that is when we start to grow and lead and thrive.
The second factor holding practitioners back from success is the inability to scale beyond themselves.
Many people come into functional medicine wanting to take what they know in conventional medicine (the consult-to-consult model) and try to make it work for functional medicine.
Again, functional medicine is about transformation.
We have to support our patients, build a community, and educate. That can only be done with us getting systems right.
Building systems and building a team moves you from the mundane, lower-level work to the high-skill, genius zone.
This shift can be life-changing for you and your patients.
Many practitioners call us and say things like:
- “I’ve been doing functional medicine for ten years, and I’m done! I’m burnt out. I haven’t really made any money. I’m exhausted. Tell me how you’re getting it right.”
- “I’m in this functional medicine practice, and I’m exhausted. I’m seeing 15 patients a day. How do you get away from the insurance-based model?”