“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you won’t DO anything with it.” Dr. M. Scott Peck – noted mental health physician and renowned author
In the last few years, this quote has become woven into the fabric of my life. In my earlier years, I hoped for people to value me. Then one day I realized no one would value me until I valued myself.
Once I valued myself, it truly changed my life. On a personal note, there were people I spent time with that did not add value to my life. I removed these people from my life and immediately met new people who were confident, happy and more aligned with my personal and professional mindset.
Valuing myself led me to value my patients and my practice more. I hired staff members who were vested in their job and the service they provided for the patients. I realized patients with negative attitudes drained me by not allowing me to take proper care of other patients. Those patients made me question my decision to be a doctor.
Thankfully, as I have become more clear and purposeful in my life, these negative patients have dwindled. They have been replaced by pleasant patients whom I value and value me in return. The result is an enhanced physician-patient relationship which is beneficial to both parties.
By valuing myself, I have given myself time to explore my other interests. I have developed a love for writing, public speaking and media appearances on television and radio. These outlets add dimension to my life, thus allowing me the perspective to help people in different ways.
What have you done to value yourself that improves your day-to-day life?