The key ingredients for success are what I want to talk about in this blog. Which I recognized during my visit to my nephrologist recently.

Being Good Enough

I’ve been obsessed with self-help for as long as I can remember. Perhaps it’s because I grew up with hypocritical parents. Which led me to believe that I needed to fix my flaws to be good enough. As a result, I felt like I always had to work on something.

This subconscious belief had me living from a place where I’m not good enough. So I must have to do everything to make myself good enough.

Such belief not only creates self-importance but prevents us from truly embracing who we are. Instead, it keeps us focused on our flaws versus our strengths. We know that energy flows where our attention goes, so our flaws expand, and our power shrinks to a point where we hide and stay so small as not to be seen.

Criticism on Youself

Shame, guilt, and resentment become the driving force versus empowerment, power, and confidence. Unfortunately, this state of self-loathing is a worldwide pandemic. I can’t tell you how many successful and amazing people I’ve met. Those are genuinely struggling with self-loathing and lack self-confidence.

They are constantly living in a cycle. A cycle of self-improvement versus self-acceptance and self-actualization. They hide who they truly are and are busy presenting who the world wants them to be. This contradictory life creates a dissonance between their authentic self and made-up self.

When we are not aligned with who we truly are, we essentially live a lie.

For example, I’ve spent most of my twenties in higher education. I believed that my higher education was an obligation to myself and to create a career based around that.

Always Searching For Improvement

So I did just that. I sought out education after education, certification after certification, to be the best in my field. But to be honest, I was not too fond of the system. That took away my creativity to practice my trade. It didn’t give me the Liberty to create with my learned expertise within my practice. Instead, I was strictly bound by the bureaucratic payment system that dictated what I could do and why I couldn’t do it. And so I felt like a puppet. An educated puppet who knew what to do, but I wasn’t allowed to go outside and do my own thing and create my show.

My creativity in healing arts had me searching for new ways to heal. This became an obsession when I fell ill with autoimmunity. It had me connect the dots between different disciplines that I had backgrounds in, including psychology and nutrition, and then putting nutrition and movement together to understand how digestion affects your neurology and how Yoga can affect your mindset through my meditation.

Combining Dogmas

I experimented with combining the theories of Yoga with the principles of Pilates. Infusing it with therapeutics in Physical therapy, and adding nutritional science. The treatment was when all the “experts” and colleagues resisted what I was doing. And dismissed it as “out of scope” of their practice. So I had to put clear hats on in each of these fields. Doing what I did practicing within the scope of my licensure and my educational training.

Now I will be the first to tell you that education is super important because that’s my responsibility to my clients. My patients to be at a higher level of education. I saw many people leading the patients or clients blindly, not knowing that they were doing or causing sometimes more harm than good. Still, sometimes those people are also causing more good than harm than the people and the experts that prevent the patients from being self-empowered.

This left me with so much frustration, questions, and confusion when told I couldn’t do that. Sticking to my field of expertise meant compartmentalizing my career and putting different hats on at any given time, but I was told I’m not allowed to combine or wear all hats.

Meeting My Nephrologist

In my recent visit to my nephrologist, I asked about my TSH levels. They were a bit high, indicating potential hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid can affect my kidney function, so I wanted to discuss it with him, and he said it was out of his scope of knowledge and left it at that.

He didn’t recommend anything else about this issue, but I felt he dodged this question and dismissed me as overly anxious. He did not address the thyroid issue, but he prescribed me levothyroxine with the TSH info, which made me feel insecure about my care.

Having acute kidney failure affects cholesterol levels, blood pressure problems, and digestive issues, all of which he wanted to address with medications. But the medications can have severe side effects that are sometimes worse than the disease itself.

For example, he advised strongly if I want to take a Lipitor, but I know all too well the side effect of muscle pain so severe that you can’t function. I’ve seen it too many times with my patients.

Also, the high sugar levels with corticosteroids, a strong and toxic anti-inflammatory, control my Lupus and give insulin shots to control the sugar. I refused as I know it’s due to the corticosteroids, and I’ve never had issues with insulin resistance or diabetes. But, most importantly, insulin is the most inflammatory hormone in our body, and I know I don’t need any more inflammation when the focus is to have an anti-inflammatory effect.

As a practitioner, I’ve met so many doctors who are overly concerned with malpractice and compliance issues dictated and mandated by third-party payors.

The Success In Integrating Your Power

This keeps them from truly exercising their expertise and sticking to “protocol” based on the research and recommendations from the pharmaceutical companies, which also dictate what the treatments should look like.

So coming back to the one secret ingredient for success in your health career is your ability to “integrate” or “connect the dots” to make treatments make sense on behalf of your patients.

As licensed practitioners, many will cringe and get into fear-based thinking and do what is recommended for liability’s sake. However, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to think outside of the box and reconstruct a new way of thinking to truly understand and apply simple solutions that connect the dots for the patients.

As an autoimmune patient, I know this is lacking—connecting the dots between psychology, behavior, nutrition, movement, and mindfulness. Going from specialist to specialist within the medical system and navigating the world of alternative medicine such as Yoga, meditation, Pilates, functional medicine, integrative medicine, chiro, acupuncture, etc. it was a lot to absorb as a sick patient.

Tying It All Together

Also, there is no bridge between alternative and conventional care. When I told my rheumatologist about my TCM doctor, he strongly advised me against taking any herbal medicine. When I went to my Yoga class, my yoga teacher had no idea I had Lupus. If she did, she knew nothing about what it was.

So I began to think about how cool it would be to be under a care of a practitioner who has success in understanding all aspects. A practitioner who can connect the dots with each treatment and help me navigate my crazy life feeling so alone who understands the dynamics of my condition as well as their role in my care.

So I urge you to think about “integration” of all the pieces of the puzzle when it comes to healing. The healing journey looks different for each individual. So lean into it and provide the success solution that empowers them to know that they are not crazy and alone, that there’s magic to their madness, and that it’s part of the process that is really what your patients want to hear.

So as a practitioner, be supportive to your patient whatever thing they’re trying to hold. In alternative care desperately, but to hear the supportive guidance and your success understanding to help them be elevated, empowered, and do whatever it takes for them because there are patients like me, who are desperate to apply more than what we’re offered.

I hope this helps level you up to think differently. Dare to make a difference. Do work that transforms lives.

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