In order to become a successful Massage therapist, you must control your habits and have them work for you. Habits can help shape your life and give you more day to day satisfaction, prepping you for the big important things.
This article borrows ideas and concepts from James Clear’s Atomic Habits.
Become the Change
You don’t have to be a depressed robot if you don’t want to be.
Are you a successful massage therapist? I want to hear a “Hell, yes!” This may seem silly but the first step to become anything is believing that you are it. This may sound easy, but you have to really embody that position. Close your eyes and feel how it would really feel to be successful and happy, fulfilled in your career aspirations.
The next step is to examine each habit in your life and ask yourself: “Would a successful massage therapist do this?” It is a small mental shift that helps shape who you are. By selecting your desired identity and making choices that align with this new version of yourself, you create a paradigm shift that will trickle into your daily choices and decisions, eventually helping you become who you want to be.
Set your Sights
Where do you want to be? Where are you currently?
Take pride in your new identity and do your utmost to embody it completely. You get to decide where you want to go and how fast. Examine your dreams and set some giant goals for yourself. You don’t have to completely plan out the destination, just jot down some feelings that you want and some milestones that you’d like to hit. The end goal will become clearer as you move towards it.
Now, take a look around you. Your environment affects you as much as you affect it. Everything you eat, every song you hear and every person you speak with has an impact upon your psyche and course in life, no matter how slight. Little changes compound on each other to become big changes, and by changing an element around you, you gain a slight edge toward freedom & success. It is important that you do at least a little each day to move you in the direction of your dreams. Step by step you will conquer your mountains.
Enjoy The Journey While Aiming for the Peak
It may seem far, but you’ll reach it step by step.
What happens after you reach that mountain though? What next? This is a problem that plagues anyone who tries to reach for something and succeeds. The mountain itself might just turn out to be a small hill, which disheartens you after you reach its small summit.
Many people give up after they get to the goalposts, they lose all of their momentum and grind to a complete stop, or have a mid-life crisis. They focused so hard on reaching a job or a thing, instead of enjoying the journey. Don’t think of yourself as just a massage therapist; instead, aspire to be a leader or a healer. Avoid putting yourself in a box, because if that comfortable box disappears one day, you won’t have anything left.
Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.