It took me 20 years into my professional life as a physician to realize that I was more in control of my time than ever before. We hear the phrase "life is short" and while we may understand, medically, that people's lifespans may be shortened by a series of events, I took a deep dive into understanding that I truly had the control to fill my days with what filled my cup.
When we talk about the the idea of "destiny" we talk about the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future. I felt this way and you may feel this way too. I had this sense that life was happening to me, not by me and I finally broke through the fog.
As a physician and healthcare leader, I have spent years researching and synthesizing data as to what leads to optimal health. One of the most prominent things I have come to realize is that often so much of our health comes from how we perceive our surroundings. Whether you are having feelings of discontent in your current situation, feeling overworked and undervalued in need of a career pivot, your priorities have changed or better yet you have a new found clarity in your life you too, can help guide what direction your life takes.
3 Steps You Can Take Today to Control Your Destiny
1. Live in your truth. This means having an honest conversation about who you are and what you want. This may not be an easy conversation to have because disrupting the status quo can be hard. The first step to making a positive change in your life is to own your truth and have some serious introspection into with what you truly want to fill your days.
2. Design your life. Have you read the book #futureboards by Sarah Centrella? This book teaches you how to create a vision board to get exactly the life you want...and to do so with intention. Creating a clear vision of what your life could look like allows you to see and feel your future life before it happens. Having this vision alone is like a weight is lifted off your shoulders. You will come to realize that this dream will soon be a reality.
3. Take action. Focus, hustle and take action. Find a professional mentor and consider listening to some podcasts. For physicians, I would recommend the podcasts, Physician Nonclinical Careers by Dr. John Jurica and The Career Rx by Dr. Marjorie Stiegler. Also, please feel free to reach out to me and I am happy to provide some guidance and mentorship about what I have learned about Doctoring Your Destiny...because it's about time you were happy.