I have to get the blog out early this weekend because today is the annual club ride from Leicester to Skegness. It’s over 100 miles but with crafty drafting in a close knit peloton and a couple of cake stops, I reckon most of us will drink in that bracing air before opening time.
There’s another bunch however who definitely won’t make it. They are the ones not starting, and they got me thinking.
Twice this week a GP asked me, “How many practices succeed with the launch programme?” I answered what we know which is about 75 – 80%. It’s not 100%, but pretty high for major change in any sphere. We try to put off those likely to fail, and we don’t always get it right.
But on reflection the failure rate is well over 90%. We’ve had thousands of enquiries and contacts over five years, yet have helped only about 100 practices to what they often call “a new lease of life”. What happened? They failed to start.
It’s a conundrum, because the funny thing is that they are no different from those that did start, often from very unpromising situations. The difference is not one of nature, skill or circumstances. It is just a matter of making a decision.
Why did so few decide? I have a theory, and it’s not to do with lack of evidence. In the mental fight between evidence and fear, evidence stands little chance. Something more powerful is needed, something like hope, desire, perseverance. If I may quote trampoline silver medallist Bryony Page, “To be the best I could be.”
I’d welcome your views.