I remember speaking with my patient Jean. She had undergone a long and protracted treatment course for breast cancer--a bi-lateral mastectomy followed by a bone marrow transplant. We were celebrating five years later. She was cancer-free!
I asked her, "Jean, what was the hardest part about getting breast cancer?"
Without thinking, she blurted out, "The waiting. Waiting for the pathology report. Waiting for the labs. Waiting for the MRI. I can deal with just about anything. I just need to KNOW what I'm dealing with."
You may face times of threatened financial health. Divorce. Losses from Dumb Doctor Deal gone south. The need to care for aging parents. This can lead to financial stress.
However, some physicians become immobilized by their worries. They are afraid to see where they really stand. They may leave their Fidelity envelopes unopened.
The true cause of money anxiety is the NOT KNOWING. Worried individuals often imagine a financial situation that's far worse than the reality.
While financial stress can inspire you to reach out for help, financial anxiety can pose a barrier to taking the next step. Worried doctors may put off seeking professional financial help because they're afraid of what they will discover. Instead, they stay up at night worrying, "I'll never be able to retire! What will it be like taking call when I'm 70?"
As you well know, things are usually better than anxious people fear.
If you're immobilized by financial anxiety, you're not alone; however, it's wise to never worry alone. Reach out. Look at the monster under the bed. Things are usually better than feared.
Once you gain clarity about where you stand, you can create a financial treatment plan to optimize your financial health.
Then you can create a financial treatment plan and celebrate as you enjoy restored financial health.
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Vicki Rackner MD is an author, speaker and consultant who offers a bridge between the world of medicine and the world of business. She helps physicians thrive. Contact her at (425) 451-3777.