How my story has been stopping me from making a career transition

It’s an exciting time in my life right now. I hope that by sharing my experience, it will help someone else in their life journey.

I’ve been working hard behind the scenes with my virtual manager and business coach putting together my first online summit featuring over twenty speakers scheduled to launch this May. I’m really excited, but the truth is reaching this point has taken me a long, long time.

You see, for the last ten years, I have been in the ‘planning to execute‘ phase. Due to my passion for promoting wellness I have wanted to transition from clinical medicine.

I trained as a professional coach in 2010, continued to attend course after course and hired coach after coach and was growing increasingly frustrated. Life kept getting in the way, and I kept telling myself I wasn’t quite ready.

When I came across functional medicine a year ago, I was exhilarated. I dove straight into the training modules. Finally, I had found my tribe! Now I felt armed with the tools to make the transition a reality.

My mission is to create a global wellness platform that provides women over 50 with tools to optimize their health and wellbeing so they can thrive into their golden years.

I’m being vulnerable in sharing my vision this way because even though I feel strongly about it and recognize the need for this kind of information in this particular demographic, I have dealt with a lot of self-doubts. In fact, at times, I wanted to quit.

You see I have been deeply attached to ‘my story.’ And I am still working through it.

Some time back, I wrote a post about how our stories prevent us from reaching our full potential . You see we all have a story we tell ourselves.

A story is a tale that you repeat over and over again. In the beginning, the story may have been told to you by someone in authority. It may have been your parent(s), a teacher, a pastor.

That ‘someone’ initially shared this story with you. And you believed it. It becomes the lens through which you see your life. Then it became your perception of your reality. It does not have to be “a bad story.” The more you hear the story, the more significant potential it has to limit how you see yourself and potential.

Let me share “my story” again and how up till now as a woman in her fifties, it has continued to stop me:

I was born a premature baby in London, UK. My mother was getting very ill, and so when she went into pre-term labor, the goal was to save her with no thought about her baby. In the 1960s the odds of a premature birth under or close to 7 months surviving were a lot less than they are now. My mother who was a nurse at the time promised herself that if I survived, I would become a doctor to ‘give back.’ and so that was the story that was told to me from the time I was a little girl.

Since I graduated from medical school in 1987, I have enjoyed a successful medical career. However, over the span of my career, I am keenly aware of the impact lifestyle choices have on overall health.

As time went on, I became more passionate about focusing on disease prevention and wellness.

About 10 years ago, I was introduced to the field of professional life coaching. It lit me up. And so I trained as a professional coach. I felt that coaching was a model that could help people deal with their mindset and empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices. I also spoke at some community events and saw the impact my words had on my audience.

I also went on to write an award-winning book for people living with type 2 diabetes.

However, I let my story prevent me from transitioning into a career as a full-time speaker, consultant, and coach.

So my work, is to own the story I tell myself and recognize where it stops me.

It is essential to take responsibility for the track it is playing in your mind over and over again.

So here are some of the steps you can take to notice where your story shows up:

  • Notice where you are telling a story. For instance, when you find yourself justifying why you can’t meet a goal.
  • Notice where you tell stories about other people or other situations or circumstances.
  • Take small steps to start to dismantle your story. You can start by taking the time to craft an empowering story.

For instance, yes, it is possible for me to transition to a career as a functional medicine consultant.

So here is the story that I am committed to telling myself moving forward:

  • I am a transformative force for G(o)od
  • If not me, whom?
  • If not now, when?

I’d love to hear your comments and feedback on how your story may have been running your life.

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To your Health & Wellbeing,