Lately, I’m talking with a lot of therapists that are sharing with me how afraid they are to start their practice and that they are not sure if they are feeling “ready.”  

When I built my practice I was totally green as an entrepreneur.  I had no model to work from.

There came a point in time where I was so bored at my job, so frustrated at being underpaid, I literally watched the clock all day long and felt totally depressed until 5:00 rolled around.

My biggest fear at the time was getting stuck at my job for years or starting a practice, failing and having to go back to a 9 to 5 job.

I didn’t feel “ready” to become an entrepreneur.  And on the flip side, I felt completely done with the job I had.  I’m sure many of you can relate to this very challenging internal conflict.

Building a business is like having a baby for the first time.  There is no way to know what it is going to be like. A lot of nervousness and navigation around your relationship, finances, schedules, and doing it “right” surfaces.

I never got to a place where I felt emotionally “ready” to take the big plunge into a full-time private practice.  There was always a looming voice that said, “you don’t know how to do this, and you’re probably going to fail.”


Every stage of my practice surfaced this insecurity. Even when I had a full-time thriving practice, I still had fears that it would all fall apart one day.

I learned a big lesson here that I want to share with you.

Creating a private practice has very little to do with feeling “ready.”  In fact, it’s unlikely you will ever feel totally ready as a new entrepreneur.  

You will feel your desire and longing, but readiness is not a large part of the success equation.

So, if you are feeling hesitancy and fear, just know that is actually quite normal and is rarely an indicator of your success.

The indicator of your success is your ability to take action and risks, remain persistent, connect with your mission, learn entrepreneurial skillsets, and devote a portion of your life to fulfilling what you are here to do on this planet.

As long as you are able to act from the source inside of you that knows you are here with a strong purpose, you will override the burden of a fear that you aren’t “ready” and that you need to be.

So, in essence if you are reading this article, it’s time to take further action and move forward with your practice.  Not because you are ready.  Take action and create your vision of a practice, because your heart is telling you do so.

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Keith Kurlander

Keith Kurlander is the founder of Higher Practice, a company dedicated to helping therapists achieve their highest potential in private practice. He has two decades of combined experience in business administration, group facilitation, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, yoga instruction and as a licensed professional counselor in private practice.

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