Dec 21 / Kimberly Breeden, Occupational Therapist, Coach, Continuing Education Instructor,

OT Practice: To Succeed You Will Probably Have to Fail

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Step 1. Try, Fail, get up, review process, refine process, 
Step 2. Try again, fail, get up, review process, refine process.  
Steps 3 to whenever: Do this over and over again until you succeed.  
I know this is a simplified explanation for very complex situations, but this is how I approach my occupational therapy practice (actually most everything I do). OT practice is complex, clients have complex needs, and we work in complex organizations and definitely within complex rules, regulations, and reimbursement guidelines. It is easy to get bogged down in the details and even easier to be overwhelmed by all of it. 
There are key elements to success that surpass the details. In my opinion, the most important key to achieving our desired outcomes is to be willing to fail. Once you are willing to fail, the remaining challenges don't seem so daunting. That is where a coach becomes helpful, to be there when you fail, to help you get up, and to help guide you through reviewing and refining the process. I feel that the most beneficial role of the coach is providing support that gives you the courage to try again, and then again and then again. There are strategies to simplify the process and weed through the details; coaches can guide you in developing these strategies.
This is why I became a mentor and now a coach. I have learned so much through my failures and I want to share that with other OT practitioners. Sharing my failures may help someone get to success with fewer "steps". I also want to share those strategies that have been successful. As OT practitioners, we often feel isolated because our profession is not always understood. This is why we need each other; I often say information is power! But I also think that we are more powerful together.  
If you are working through a recent failure, please do not be discouraged, just remember it is the first part of succeeding!
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