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This year has been an interesting learning experience for me because my alternative health care networking group changed our meeting structure to one producing more accountability.
I both like and dislike accountability just as we as humans love and hate intimacy. After all accountability is another name for “limited intimacy.” We all want intimacy because without it we are lonely on the other hand we want the other person to stand naked and exposed but not us.
This concern is not necessarily generated because we are deliberately hiding something evil. It is that we fear exposure may lead to a loss of pride or self esteem; we want to look more perfect for our friends and acquaintances. With accountability, our meeting structure denies that wall of illusion. You must share what you have done or what others have done for you, in public, intimacy. You do this by telling everyone who you referred to and who referred patients to you and your referrals must be valid, not self serving.
A positive outcome of this change is that is has revived in me, my original goals for creating a Holistic Questionnaire. The goal was that we would each hand our patients a paper or online questionnaire as a tool for generating value added patient referrals. It was to be a simple tool to help us help them. I had forgotten why I tried to create this or perhaps I never knew verbally but just intuitively. Being accountable helped me refocus on this need. It was an attempt to make us all more accountable to each other and our patients by focusing on our patients more holistic needs. We all know there is a strong mind body connection that almost all of Allopathic (Western) medicine ignores.
I cannot speak for you, as healer, but I can for me. In paying more attention to what I need to do to refer patients, for needs outside my domain, it has become apparent that it is much easier to refer to some of my colleagues than others. For example: it is easier for me as an eye doctor, to refer to Chinese Medical Doctors, Naturopaths and Psychotherapists but more difficult to refer to a Masseuse, Physical Therapist, Herbalist, Hypnotist or Pain Specialist. The difference, I believe, being partially the linguistic domain, I use, that triggers such mental associations in a busy day.
I suspect each or our groups members have the same issues. In my business network “The Winners Circle,” I found the same issue, greater difficulty trying to refer to a Financial Planner and Realtor but much less challenge referring to an Auto Repair or Body Shop.
I believe that holistic practitioners should take the time to explore creating a tool to facilitate these goals. I don’t get a fraction of the referrals I could because I will bet that most of my colleagues forget the special things I do. These are very important things such as our unique children’s vision status assessment that diagnoses and prevents reading and learning issues , or the prevention and monitoring of systemic disease such as diabetes, strokes and heart attacks through the eye.
We are all creative people, perhaps we can come up with a tool to enhance and achieve these goals which I have set for my colleagues and which are now more apparent then ever, thanks to our meeting structure.
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