As a physician, I never owned the multi-million dollar clinic. I ran a LOWER volume practice. I rented a 1200sq/ft facility in a strip center. I had two treatment rooms. I practiced under these conditions for over 20 years.
Doesn’t sound very glamorous does it?
The title physician or doctor typically generates a more glamorous image. To me, it did! You see, my “glamour” came from the work I performed. It came from the results my patient’s experienced. It came from recognizing the many lives affected by the guidance I offered. It came from the excitement I experienced as I woke each day wondering what solutions would reveal themselves to me overcoming the many obstacles interfering with quality patient outcomes.
How many of you approach life with this kind of zeal? How many of you are so focused on MEANINGFUL tasks that imagery or perception by others doesn’t matter?
Implementing this philosophy into one’s life removes the typical FEAR of comparison. Success or failure is determined by one’s own standards rather than the judgement of others. You will likely find self judgement is often more critical than the judgement offered by those around you. This is because PERSONAL PRIDE (not ego) often sets a very high personal standard. It is this sense of pride that reveals VALUE we possess and the joy experienced as we share our purpose with others.
Reducing the world’s judgement to merely self judgement makes the number of critics much easier to deal with. It doesn’t matter if you flip burgers or become a supreme court judge. Personal pride, personal integrity and sufficient effort should guide one’s actions in pursuing any chosen or assigned task. These attributes often determine the results and satisfaction experienced at the end of the day. It may be a “stepping stone” to a greater eventual purpose or be the final destination in life; whatever the outcome is, the experience will likely add VALUE to the journey.
This level of personal conviction helps create a protective barrier preventing society from imposing its “noise” and “distractions” on each of us. It also tends to isolate us from the majority of society convinced we’re “wrong” simply because our thoughts and/or actions are different.
This protective barrier, however, also makes it possible to pursue new PRIORITIES in life (ex. QUALITY HEALTH); a priority society tends to ignore. You see, without quality health, it becomes difficult if not impossible to share one’s personal GIFTS with the world (gifts each one of us innately possess!) Sub-par health tends to drain one’s energy and resources while limiting one’s focus to self needs.
Re-prioritizing one’s NEEDS creates greater opportunities to move forward. Factors that once interfered with personal progress no longer stand in the way. The laundry list of “impediments”:
no longer determine our destiny. EXCUSES no longer define our limitations. Instead, they are simply seen as various components within an equation requiring action steps to achieve a greater MISSION and PURPOSE in life.
Accepting and even welcoming these CHALLENGES in LIFE opens doors to all kinds of possibilities. It has been my guide to discovering and understanding the personal and professional path I follow today. As we utilize resources for knowledge (ex. doctors, accountants, lawyers, etc…) to make our OWN personal DECISIONS rather than relying on these resources to make these DECISIONS for us, we begin feeling empowered with greater CONFIDENCE and CONTROL over life. Our actions are no longer determined by how society judges us, but rather by a higher ethical and moral standard we choose to use to judge ourselves. This new state of mind shields us and alters our response to a judgmental society and its attempts to impose itself on us. Self reliance and self judgement helps each one of us remain more focused on our individual MISSION(S), reducing our fears and concerns for societal “acceptance” .
The result is (a) less stress, (b) less concern for comparison to others, (c) greater independence, (d) greater self confidence, (e) greater self pride and a (f) stronger reliance on an ethical and moral foundation to live our lives.
This is a basis for achieving BETTER HEALTH. This is a quality of life you can choose to LIVE!