I love teaching. At the University level, little kids, therapists. There is something so inspiring about seeing someone realize they are capable.
I don’t believe teaching is really about conveying information. I think teaching is about inspiring and building confidence. People can learn ANYWHERE. The information is out there.
My Mission is to Inspire
While I’m not boastful enough to think that my teaching always hits the mark of inspiring and building confidence- that is my intention. Every. Single. Time.
It won’t change your life to know how to build a Facebook business page to market your private practice. What will change the world is you feeling confident about letting the world know your passion so you can do the transformational work you were placed on this planet for.
Teaching Psychology Students
Teaching young students at the University level you see this completely unabashed passion for helping people transform. Sure, much of the time it is uninformed, a bit misdirected, etc. but the passion is there. It is apparent on their faces, in their voice, in their questions.
Teaching therapists finishing up graduate school or who have been in practice for a period of time is often a completely different experience. These therapists have SO much more expertise and knowledge than beginning psychology students, and yet you can see the reluctance to be “out there” at the same level.
Yes, sometimes this is due to the very true realization of our limitations as humans, our limitations as healers, learning appropriate clinical boundaries, not taking ownership of other’s choices, etc. But other times, it feels like something deeper.
What happens to therapists?
I know it is something deeper. I’ve interviewed hundreds of therapists exploring their practice, their passion, etc. And what I’ve found is that many therapists have lost sight of their passion, or their initial exuberance for the work.
The free private practice analysis sessions we do almost always start out with someone a bit unsure how to answer our basic questions about their practice and their vision. By the end of the session they have reconnected with their deep passion, gotten clear on their next step, and are reconnected with their passion.
As we go through the session I can hear the shift in their voice. I hear the confidence and energy come back. I hear the excitement. Am I imagining it? No, they tell me they feel it too.
Reconnecting with passion
There is something primal about getting clear about your mission, your vision, and your purpose on this planet. When any human gets clear, unabashedly, unashamedly clear about their mission and vision, things shift. You have energy not just for your work, but you want to shout it from the rooftops!
And it becomes more than just shouting for the sake of being seen, or getting new clients. You want to shout because you truly want to help your community. Your blog becomes a way to educate, teach, inspire and further your vision- not just a “to-do” list on your marketing checklist.
Your LinkedIn account becomes a way to connect with other people who share your vision around the world to consult with. You learn to use it to connect with other business people in your area to build strong relationships and get the message out locally.
Your twitter and Facebook account becomes a way to spread your message globally. Coffee dates become exploration conversations to find out what others people’s mission and vision is- because you want to deeply know them and be inspired.
Someone sharing a bland, disconnected elevator pitch doesn’t cut it anymore. You want to hear someone’s heart. You want to be vulnerable and share your heart too.
And yes, it is terrifying to share your mission and vision in such a big way. There will be crickets sometimes, or naysayers…. And it hurts a LOT more when that happens when you are sharing your something that connects so deeply with you on a soul level.
A challenge for therapists
Will you be brave? Will you do it even though it is scary? Will you share your blog even though it sucks? Will you record a video even though you hate how you look on camera? Will you talk to other business owners in your area without an agenda? Will you go to a business networking event even though it is awkward and terrifying the first time?
Our world needs more deep healing. You have the passion, the skill, the insight to help! Stop pulling back. Stop asking others who you should be, what you should specialize in. Your gut, your soul knows what you are meant to do. The farther you get from that space, the more out of sorts, burnt-out, uninspired, tired, and frustrated you will become.
Find your voice. Share your voice. Your voice can change the world. Do you want some extra help and support? We are starting a video blog challenge that is all about connecting with your deep passion.