What are you building? | FP 116

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On this therapist podcast, Whitney Owens talks about, What are you building?

What kind of business do you want to have? What are some questions to ask yourself as you begin to think about what it is that you are building? How can joining a community of like-minded people help you grow your business?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens reflects on what you are building in your business and the steps you need to take to be more intentional.

In This Podcast

  • Stop and be intentional
  • Have some quiet reflection
  • Think about the steps you need to take
  • Determining your needs and gathering information
  • Accountability and joining a community

Stop and be intentional

It’s important that you start understanding what it is that you are building, in both your personal life and your business.

If you don’t stop and think about it, it’s just going to happen. And so, you have to be intentional about creating the lifestyle that you want. (Whitney Owens).

This time of year is a great time to slow down so that you can reflect and be present in all of the holiday’s activities.

Ask yourself:

  • What am I building?
  • What do I feel like God wants me to build?

If we’re going to build something, the Lord is asking us to be considerate, to be thoughtful in what we’re building and to take steps that are appropriate in building. (Whitney Owens)

Have some quiet reflection

Take the time to see if this is what you really want. Perhaps you are thinking about starting a group practice, or you want to start your own private practice.

A lot of the time when we are in line with God, our heart and our desires become his heart and desires. (Whitney Owens)

Think about the steps you need to take

Once you know what it is that you want, you need to figure out the next best steps to make your dream a reality.

If you are thinking about starting a group practice then you’d have to come up with a name for your business. Consider whether you want to use 1099’s or W2’s. What kind of culture do you want in your practice?

Whatever it is that you feel you want to build… Maybe it’s starting a group practice, maybe you’re starting a side hustle, or maybe you feel like God’s telling you to not build so much and to scale back. That’s okay. What is it that you need to scale back on? What are the steps that you’re going to need to do that? Start writing out what those steps are going to be, in order, if you can. (Whitney Owens)

Determining your needs and gathering information

Once you’ve figured out what steps you need to take, try to understand what you need to do in order to complete those steps. This could be finances, time, or education.

You then have to start gathering information. This can come in the form of reading a book or listening to a podcast.

Accountability and joining a community

You will need some support along the way, and even though you have a plan in place, life happens and you lose focus.

That doesn’t mean you need to give up on what you think you’re supposed to be doing, but it does mean you have to be willing to pivot, to make changes and trust God in the process. Because it’s not always looking the way you want it to look. (Whitney Owens)

Having support and accountability can really make your journey easier. It will allow you to build a habit of doing certain things deliberately and you’ll gain valuable relationships.

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Meet Whitney Owens

Photo of Christian therapist Whitney Owens. Whitney helps other christian counselors grow faith based private practices!Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.

Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.

Visit her website and listen to her podcast here. Connect on Instagram or join the Faith in Practice Facebook group. Email her at whitney@practiceofthepractice.com

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