Hello, everyone. I’m Dr. Connie Jeon. Welcome to our Functional Yoga Medicine blog. I hope you all had a wonderful and safe weekend with your families. Today, I’d like to talk about getting over imposter syndrome. It’s the elephant in the room that we never address.

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

If you’ve been following me, you know I’ve been in clinical practice for over 21 years. I have to tell you that despite having a master’s degree, a doctoral degree, and other certifications, I’m never sure what my patient needs. Earlier in my profession, the lack of confidence was a major source of stress for me.

I used to let my lack of knowledge get the best of me, presuming that I didn’t know enough. This is what’s known as imposter syndrome. As my career grew, I was sort of in the middle of the technology boom and the analog states of being, as we moved from the late 1990s to the new millennium.

Back when I was in graduate school, I didn’t have much access to the internet. As a result, we didn’t have as much information. Then there came the part where I had to go to the library and do a PubMed search to find out all I needed to know.

I had to go through a process of sifting through all of the research and gaining the knowledge I needed. There was no Google back then. In fact, AOL was just a few years old at the time. So today, 21 years after receiving my doctorate, I feel like there’s an abundance of information in the health and wellness sector.

Information is important. But information tends to cause a lot of confusion. This is especially true for those of us who are serving our patients in the wellness and medical spaces.

Knowing Patients

When your patients tell you they are reading about “this or that”, this ingredient, that supplement, or this herbal, you know what I’m talking about. I’m always learning from my patients. Seeking what they want to know so I can answer their million-dollar questions regarding specific things. It’s almost like pursuing dogmas and chasing perspectives.

Patients shouldn’t think that doctors know exactly what’s going on simply because they have a medical degree or any other form of a professional degree behind their name. Because here’s the thing, they don’t.

As an autoimmune patient for 21 years, I’ve discovered that true healing takes place on the inside. And because I’ve received the highest degree of psychology, nutrition, and physical therapy, I believe that theoretical knowledge only gets us so far as clinicians.

We must pay close attention to empirical evidence. We must respect the patient’s diversity, background, stress factors, genomics, and microbiome. Their dietary lifestyles, stress levels, and their relationship with themselves. We must also think about their history of trauma, their relationships with others, their own health, and their wealth, which will be largely determined by what they invest in.

To Teach and Being Taught

We must accompany them on this transition from a disempowered victim mindset to a Self Empowered one. You, as a practitioner, are transitioning and stepping into becoming the Powerful Health Mentor that you are through the method by which you deliver care to your patients. This is the shift from being a powerless health technician, only doing what you’re taught to do, the same thing over and over again.

If you don’t evaluate what your client or patient needs in front of you, you’re doing a disservice to them. And, to be honest, many of you are still as perplexed as ever as practitioners. We need to get over our imposter syndrome to truly see what our capabilities are.

It’s difficult to admit how much we don’t know when we’re perplexed as practitioners. So we begin to stumble and buy into these notions without truly comprehending whether or not they are true.

So, rather than going with the flow and doing what everyone else is doing, it’s far more productive to be brave enough to understand how perplexing our industry has become. Truth is that nothing in health and wellness is black and white.

This is the real deal. Everything takes place in the gray zone. Health, wellness, and longevity are real. There is a flow. It’s a continuum from sick to healthy. We’re constantly shifting from one spectrum to the other, from acid to alkaline, and from yin to yang. This is highly individualized and reliant on the person and their lifestyles.

Recognizing that healing is an inside job will give you the confidence and wisdom you need to step into your power and choose to mentor your patients. As well as being clear about your role in their health care, rather than allowing them to decide exactly what you’ll do for them.

Because of our inability to voice and stand for something, patients often demand functional medicine, yoga, physical therapy, or whatever title you have, without truly understanding what that specific profession can give in terms of effects and results in their lives.

As a result, patients are continually looking for better solutions. They have no idea what they don’t know when they come to you for functional medicine, holistic therapies, a better diet, etc. And if you don’t lead and teach them to adjust their perspective, they’ll never find the solution they’re seeking.

The Impact of Knowledge

I believe in using Alkaline Methodology as a guide for you to follow so that you can take patients through a step-by-step journey from timeless wisdom, transformational psychology, and modernized functional medicine.

Transformational psychology involves the subconscious mind, the internal programming that drives 95% of all that we do, and the conscious mind – the 5% of what we’re actually aware of when it comes to making decisions. By understanding this, you’ll be able to coach your clients in a way that gets them to reprogram their subconscious mind, so all the “doing” after that becomes easier. Through modernized functional medicine, you’ll address the three main pillars of health: stress-brain, gut-brain, and immune-brain, which has an effect on everything else physiologically.

Additionally, if you wish to create a successful career, you need to know how to market yourself, create a niche, and get your messaging right. To really attract the right people into your program or practice, this is important.

You’ll need all four elements to succeed in your profession, which isn’t really taught in our industry. The didactic element of what we need to “know” receives a lot of attention. However the practitioners that only focus on the knowing are the ones who are frequently limited in scope and highly compartmentalized.

We’re in the business of empowering our patients and clients to become Self Empowered Healers. As practitioners, we should aim to empower as many people as possible to build health and life on their own terms and be the best versions of themselves.

Because if we do, the world would be a far more sympathetic place. This world would be healed, and the world as a whole would be a better place. That is, after all, what this work is all about. That’s what Functional Yoga Medicine is all about.

Join Us

At the end of the day, it shouldn’t be about being the practitioner who knows the most or has the most knowledge. You too need the healing enough to experience the transformation and share it with others. We’re more interested in the deeper aspects of your recovery and healing.

You can share your experience with your patients from a point of understanding what it takes for transformation to occur. That’s far more impactful than simply sharing your theoretical and practical knowledge. That will only supply them with a rudimentary comprehension and information. When we approach our health and fitness in this manner, we can only go so far.

So, I hope you found this information useful. If you’ve been looking to expand your education as a health practitioner, I encourage you to learn more about the Functional Yoga Medicine Certification Program. We are currently accepting new students.

If you could give me a positive rating on my podcast, I would be so grateful. It’s available on iTunes and Spotify. I talk about taking a unique approach, relying on the Alkaline Method’s unique methodology. This is what we share to truly heal the world from the inside out. Helping others grasp the concept that healing is an inside job.

Thank you so much for reading. You can always follow us on Instagram and our Facebook page. I’ll be sharing more very soon. You can also follow me on my TikTok account.

Thank you so much, everyone. I hope you have a wonderful week. I’ll talk to you soon.