To get to where you really need to go, one millimeter at a time, you must move past professionally self-limiting beliefs. These always will bar your personal and professional path forward.
You know what I am talking about: the garbage inside your own head with which you have a continuous, daily dialogue. It is like an old friend, except there is nothing friendly about this chat. Rather, this internal conversation always focuses about why you should not, rather than how you can.
Oftentimes, the person standing in the way of your getting to where you really need to go is yourself. And, to get to where you really need to go you must diligently and courageously tackle what I’ve recently heard described as “head trash.” Throwing out the self-limiting stuff inside your head is the start of moving one millimeter forward, beyond the thoughts and beliefs you are consciously and unconsciously and currently invested in.
Professionally self-limiting thoughts are invasive, pervasive, and disrespectful. Why would you continue to do business with this system of self-destructive professional behavior?
Last week my blog post tackled the topic of whether you are maintaining, updating, or completely upgrading your professional self. I explored how mindset, values, ethics, principles, and skills are intertwined in how you and I show up to best serve each other, clients, and patients.
Did you engage in evaluating which aspects of your professional self require some work? How did that go? Were you charged up and ready to take action that day? And then, the next day, before you took those actions, your self-limiting, internal dialogue started up inside your head again, didn’t it? Auto pilot, always on, never-ending…. Until now.
The first, one millimeter step forward to get to where you really need to go is the hardest distance of all to traverse. This first step forward also is your most important step forward.
Re-read my August 3 post on professionally maintaining, updating, and upgrading your professional self. As you re-read, start deploying your internal head trash garbage pop-up blocker. You have an ad blocker on your computer, so why not block the mental garbage currently bouncing around your brain?
Initially, you may spend a lot of time blocking all the negative stuff residing inside your head. However, once you become conscious about all the stored unconscious negativity inside your brain, you create more space and energy for you. Realistically, you are upgrading simply by committing to this one activity! As you clear the mental path forward, you are so much more agile, creative, and enthusiastic about who you are and where you are going.
Is this a one day and done activity? What do you realistically think? However, the more you engage your mental garbage pop-up blocker, you increase your self-ownership of the glorious values, principles, ethics, mindset, and skills which add up to make you a professional of worth. Is it time you got started?
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