The Perfectionist's Lie
Today I was listening to a podcast from Brendon Burchard, author of The Charge: Activating The 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive. He was talking about something he calls, "The Perfection's Lie", the lie we tell ourselves to keep us from following through on something that is important to us.
It reminded me of my work as an acupuncturist and Chinese medical physician. Each day I meet people trying to change some aspect of their health, and often they are paralyzed by the fear of trying something new, something different, something crazy like letting someone put needles all over their body! I understand this. I've been there.
But inherent in this is the fact that if we continue doing the same things we've always done, we're very likely to keep getting the same results - often the ones that we want to change...
As a health care practitioner, I practice medicine. Therefore, I'm never the same practitioner each time you see me. With each life experience, treatment, and care of a patient, I'm constantly learning new ways to approach the same old problems and challenges. That's why we call medicine a practice. As we grow as clinicians, we gain more and more experience from practicing. This allow us to serve people better.
But it's not always easy. It takes a lot of self-development that most will never see. It can be scary. And in the pursuit of perfection, I've had to learn how to not let "The Perfectionist's Lie" hold me back. Instead of being overwhelmed with fear, messiness, or lack of understanding of a certain problem that would hold me back, sometimes I just have to begin. That's how I breakthrough that which would hold me back. That's what allows me to serve.
How do I do it?
Well, when I began my career as a Chinese medical physician, as you can imagine, I didn't have much experience. But I made a decision back then that changed my life forever. I decided to get overwhelmed with fate and faith rather than fear of what I did not know. I decided too get overwhelmed with what I was born to do… make a difference in peoples lives.
I learned a lot by doing this. I learned that no matter what the problem, what the challenge, that I can figure it out. I can help.
How did I do it?
Well, I followed this proven formula: Decide, Act, and Evaluate.
Step 1: Decide - Get crystal clear what outcome you want.
Step 2: Act - Take Massive Action towards your outcome.
Step 3: Evaluate - Observe what's working and what's not, and adjust your approach until I reach your outcome.
This is the simple three step formula that has allowed me to serve and make a difference in so many peoples lives, even when western medical physicians had no idea what was wrong or what to do. It's the same formula you can use to over come any life or health challenge.
Was my approach always perfect?
Far from it. Was is always successful? No. So many times I failed before I found the right way. But I didn't loose faith just because something I tried didn't work. I didn't let others distract me from reaching my outcome - to make a difference - to help relieve suffering - to figure out the problem.
That's what Brendon reminded me of today, and what I really wanted to share with all of you that visit our clinic. That we will never give up on you. That we'll never stop trying. And that if you just get going, try something different than what you've been doing, you'll get different results. You'll see the difference in yourself and how you too can make a difference in the world.