It’s funny to me what language keeps recurring in the ads that show up on my computer screen. Do these sound familiar?
- Try this one weird trick to ______ (lose weight, get rid of wrinkles, sleep better, learn ten languages)!
- Experts hate her! Find out how this Boston woman figured out how to (lose weight, get rid of wrinkles, sleep better, learn ten languages)!
I suppose people keep using this language because it works — the advertisers MUST be getting clicks.
And it IS appealing to believe that one trick, accessible to everybody, will solve everything. And in order for ONE trick to work that well, it would HAVE to be weird.
I don’t know if I have one weird trick, for you or for myself.
However, I am going to write a short post tonight, which I hope will have something helpful in it.
Today was a wonderful, scary, and exciting day, where I got to do many new things at work. These new things involved being more focused on patient care in new ways.
I’m not going to write details about this, but I will say that I was able to help and witness a medical practice being more responsive to patient needs, in new and creative ways. And I found this very moving and energizing.
This morning, before I went to work, I recognized that I was feeling a higher level of stress and anxiety, because (1) I was going to be doing a lot of new things and (2) these new things felt very important.
I wasn’t afraid of failure. But I did passionately want success.
So I said a few things to myself this morning, before I left for the day.
Which I’m having trouble remembering now! And I know that what I told myself really, really helped.
So maybe that was The One Weird Trick! And I didn’t write it down. Oh, no, dear reader!
Wait a minute. Here’s my best guess at what I told myself this morning:
Be as much in the moment as you can, and let go of judgment.
Actually, I think that is pretty close to what I said to myself this morning. And it helped. Then, after I left the house, I said some other things to myself, including:
Take your time.
You don’t need to be perfect at this immediately.
There are people in your organization that will help you do this.
All those things helped, too. It was a good day.
(And experts didn’t hate me.)
Thanks for reading.