What if you could stay in clinical practice, right where you are, and feel energized? Purposeful? Content? Even love your life?
Are you dubious? I was. I had an ever-growing list of hates to overcome:
- bringing so much work home
- doing “non-doctoring” tasks
- being part of an expensive, inefficient and ineffective healthcare system
- external constraints on how I could practice medicine
- lack of autonomy over my time
- working to make money for administration and insurance companies
Being a physician was not what I had envisioned and I was not happy in my job.
I remember concocting elaborate plans to leave medicine, and my husband would stare at me wide-eyed, jaw agape. One day I was going to become a competitive cross-fitter. The next day I would want to open a coffee shop. Some days I’d be looking at interior design school, other days I’d think I’d be satisfied with a nonclinical job, or just fewer hours at my current job.
During this time, I saw myself becoming someone I didn’t like:
Negative, irritable, and judgmental. I was a super fun gal to be around.
But at the same time, a small part of me could remember why I went into medicine in the first place and I wasn’t quite ready to give up on those ideals nor throw the towel in on my career as a physician.
The Turning Point
In 2017, before life coaching was on my radar, i consulted with a psychiatrist and was diagnosed with ADHD. The non-medicinal and medicinal strategies to treat this have been life-changing.
Getting the help I did set me up to have success with the tools I later learned in life coaching.
for years, though the idea was lurking in the back of my mind, I was too self-reliant, proud and scared to make that psychiatrist appointment.
I am so grateful for my 2017 self for having made that appointment.
If any part of you has been thinking you may want to see a psychiatrist, stop reading this and go make the phone call. You can always come back to this, I’m here for you when you’re ready.
i love to golf. a few years ago i got the dreaded chipping “shanks.”
I knew I was shanking. I didn’t know why nor what to do about it.
i hired a golf coach. he helped me understand the why and come up with a plan to correct it. my shanks resolved and i won a local (very) small and (very) amateur golf event that i’d been vying for for 7 years.
in burnout i knew i wasn’t loving life, but i didn’t know exactly why or what to do about it.
We can only see what we can see.
a coach helped me understand my life experience in a new and empowering way. she showed me how i was responsible for and was creating my own life experience and how i could change it if i wanted. this is so key.
If you are the author, you can change the story.
she helped me find purpose and fulfillment right where i was. she helped me get excited about my future. she helped me understand where my pain was coming from and how to relate to it in a way that enriched my life experience.
Sound simple? It is! But it also isn’t, because we are working with a human brain.
Our brains are arguably the most complex piece of equipment on the planet, and they’re the driving force behind how we think, feel, act, and experience life the way we do.
we’ve barely scratched the surface of understanding the inner workings of our brains and how they drive the life experience they do for each of us. nonetheless, we know plenty to get started and improve our lives.
i draw from neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, philosophy, and the fields of mindfulness, positive psychology, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in examining our thinking, feelings, behaviors and life experiences and in gaining understanding of how they interplay to create our life experience.
Once we have clarity of where we are and why we are where we are, we can get clarity on where to go and how to get there.
this is where coaching comes in.
Let’s Do This
You want more.
You want to be in the driver’s seat of your life but you’re not feeling it now.
You’re crazy smart and may even be confused or upset with yourself for not having figured this all out yourself.
You may still be a bit skeptical of this whole coaching thing.
You may think you just need a little more time to figure it out on your own before you ask for help.
You are independent thinking, high achieving go-getters. You are my people.
i’d love to talk.
If you’re an MD or DO physician who identifies with any part of the life experience we call burnout, who wants more from life and doesn’t want to give up on practicing medicine, sign up for a free 50minute consultation. In the meantime, don’t forget to download my free quick-start guide to diminishing exhaustion and feeling more energized right now.
Feel free to contact me with questions or comments, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can