If you could leverage your strengths
while transforming who you are,
what would you create?
You’re a high-achieving, dedicated, and responsible physician.
Each day that you go into work – whether in clinical medicine, research, education, or administration – you make a difference for people– a huge difference.
You have the respect of your profession and your community.
Your family is cared for.
And money isn’t really a problem.
So why do you feel so restless?
What are you looking for?
Right now is when things get interesting, both in a scary and fun way.
And — I know you’re ready for it.
You’ve experienced predictable career success.
You may have noticed that, up until recently, your career success was predictable on some level. The path taken during the early years – medical school, residency, and fellowship training – was defined, almost formulaic. Linearity: you knew that if you put in the hard work and checked all the boxes you’d get the results you wanted (or at least your second preference.) Early in practice, you were just looking to get settled and followed your pre-established plan.
Now you’re well into early career, maybe even mid-career. In order to up-level your professional impact — and live more of the life you want — you’re realizing you’ll need to determine your own path. This may mean:
- Pivoting in your career focus
- Navigating personal and professional relationships
- Pursuing an entrepreneurial venture, or
- Stepping into more advanced leadership roles
All of these require facing the unknown. You may even sense that you’ll need to re-invent yourself to achieve what seems like an impossibility.
From personal experience and having worked with so many high-achieving women who have done the above, I know it can be scary to take things to the next level. There is uncertainty and fear – of failure, rejection, and taking on a new identity.
I will teach you strategies to overcome and thrive through all of it.
Your next level of career and life success will require you to leverage your strengths, as well as learn to be someone who you’ve never been before.
If this resonates, then find out how working together will help you overcome the restlessness and achieve the satisfaction you desire in your life and career.
What are some of the things that got you here?
You work hard and follow the rules (most of the time).
The commitment to this profession requires an intensity and focus that created immense, predictable success in this one area of your life, sometimes to the detriment of other priorities.
Your training and experiences reinforced your strengths – which include grit and perseverance. Still, while these formative experiences helped you to be successful, they also had the potential to reinforce your less-helpful thinking-patterns, behaviors, and coping strategies.
For better or for worse, you’ve experienced what it means to “work hard.” Now, you’ve associated “hard” work with success. Anything less than best (perfect) isn’t good enough.
You get things done.
Maybe you’re still creating your ideal process and workflow, but anyone looking in from the outside sees you as highly effective and productive. You may even identify this way, because at work you get things done.
The challenge – this doesn’t always translate into other life areas. And, while you’ve been focusing on how to get things done, your context changed. What used to work doesn’t anymore.
Also, knowing the HOW isn’t the same as enjoying the process. Over time, this leads to dissatisfaction.
You have learned to identify the problem quickly.
Pattern recognition is a part of medical training. Being able to see a patient, elicit the right historical and objective information, and then synthesize an accurate assessment is something that you’ve become expert at. (Apply this idea to nonclinical work too.)
What you may not have thought about is that patterned thinking and biases may prevent you from addressing the deeper, root problem. Not just within medical practice, but in all other areas of life. This is completely normal, and human, but not something that we typically think a lot about.
Consider too that work in the medical field reinforces a paradigm of seeing situations as ‘problems’. Even when things may be okay as they are, it’s easy to be swayed into wanting to fix things.
You have spent years thinking critically.
Medicine requires you to think all day long. The challenging situations encountered sometimes meant you needed to put your emotions aside to get through the day. (Spoiler: you can’t just ignore you’re emotions.) There may have even been times that you’ve been told, “you’re too emotional.”
When I first was being coached, I learned about noticing, naming, and describing my emotions. Over time, I learned that emotions drive behavior. Emotions are how we experience life. Ultimately, whenever we do or don’t do something, it’s because of how we think we’ll feel as a result. But how many lectures have we had on emotional intelligence, about mastering how we relate to and harness the power of our emotions?
You are skilled at taking care of others
So much of your life, including your personal life, revolves around what you do for others. In fact, you may even be used to taking care of others in your life before yourself.
Since most of the time people are grateful and appreciate your efforts, it can be easy to associate your actions with their happiness. However, your actions aren’t what cause other people’s happiness. They only influence them.
Find out how coaching will help you discover the solutions you need.