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The Joyful DVM Podcast - Empowering, Encouraging, and Educating Veterinary Professionals to create Joyful Veterinary Careers & Balanced Lives
16 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Vet Med Can't Make You Happy
Vet Med can’t make you happy.It can’t make you unhappy either.It does, however, enhance your awareness of your personal level of happiness.Success and failure in veterinary medicine are intangible concepts.They can’t be measured.They are elusive and unattainable.Yet, our personal belief in our own success or failure in veterinary jobs contributes greatly to our overall wellbeing.Our beliefs squash our happiness, kill our confidence, and put into question our individual self-worth…Vet Med was never supposed to be this powerful… and it really isn’t when we understand what’s really going on.In this episode, I explain it all.Resource:FREE WORKSHOP - Recapture: Life Beyond Vet Med >>> https://joyfuldvm.com/recapture(Because Vet Med was never supposed to take over your life)https://joyfuldvm.com/recapture
24 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Vet Med Alignment Part 4- Score MCMF
Veterinary Career Alignment Score MCMF.Misaligned Choice, Misaligned Fit.Most veterinary professionals who take the Vet Med Career Alignment Scores Quiz anticipate receiving a score of MCMF Alignment because they are burned out, frustrated or unhappy. Turns out, this is the least common score received on the Vet Med Career Alignment Score quiz!An individual with MCMF alignment chose to pursue a career in veterinary medicine for reasons other than a deep desire and calling to this work, and the type of work they are doing currently is not a good fit.This leads those with MCMF alignment to not only question their prior decision but to judge themselves harshly for it and to believe they have compromised what's possible for them in the future as a result.The good news... this isn't true at all!In this episode, I explore the MCMF alignment experience, including the types of opportunities available to this unique population.To determine your Vet Med Career Alignment Score visit https://joyfuldvm.com/quiz
22 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Vet Med Alignment Part 3- Score ACMF
Veterinary Career Alignment Score ACMF.Aligned Choice, Misaligned Fit.ACMF Alignment is the most common score on the Vet Med Career Alignment Score quiz.An individual with ACMF alignment made an intentional, focused choice to pursue a career in veterinary medicine but the type of work they are doing currently is not a good fit. Their awareness of the bad fit, especially if they have experienced multiple bad fit jobs, can lead ACMF aligned people to believe they made a wrong choice pursuing a veterinary career. For this reason, the AC part of this score can feel very confusing.In this episode, I explore the ACMF alignment experience, including the types of opportunities available to this unique population.To determine your Vet Med Career Alignment Score visit: https://joyfuldvm.com/quiz
11 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Vet Med Alignment Part 2: Score ACAF
Veterinary Career Alignment Score ACAF.Aligned Choice, Aligned Fit.An individual with ACAF alignment made an intentional, focused choice to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. The type of work they currently do is also a good fit.But...They are likely restless. ACAF Aligned people are often surprised by their results because they often take the Career Alignment Score assessment because they feel like something is missing in their lives.What they are recognizing is the desire for something more than what they currently have...The need for a new challenge or goal...Dissatisfaction with the status quo...This is all intentional!In this episode, I explore the ACAF alignment experience, including the types of opportunities available to this unique population.To determine your Vet Med Career Alignment Score visit, https://joyfuldvm.com/quiz
14 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Vet Med Alignment Part 1: Job vs. Career
Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and all members of the veterinary healthcare team often grapple with the question "Am I cut out for a career in Vet Med" at some point in their careers.The complex experience of being a veterinary professional, along with the negative emotional impact that often accompanies it, has many concluding they are not personally equipped for what this job requires.However, the question does not have a binary, all-or-nothing, answer.The job and the career are different things.The job is the way in which a veterinary professional is utilizing their skills and knowledge in exchange for money at a given point in time.There are many different veterinary-related jobs.When a veterinary professional finds themselves in a bad-fit job, it doesn't mean they have also picked a bad-fit career. Unfortunately, because bad-fit jobs tend to be a pretty common occurrence in the veterinary profession, a growing number of veterinary professionals are concluding they have chosen the wrong careers.The impact of believing you've made a wrong career choice should not be disregarded.Choosing a career is a major life decision. Much thought, time, money, and effort goes into pursuing a veterinary career. Therefore, when a veterinary professional concludes they made the wrong career choice, they often experience a wave of self-judgment, guilt, and shame.This is compounded with beliefs about time lost, being trapped by debt, and a foundation-shaking mistrust of one's ability to make the right choices for themselves.Together, this can lead to myriad secondary challenges: anxiety, depression, fear of the future, hopelessness... ... all of which block the ability to see the Absolute Truths of the situation.Understanding the difference between Career Fit and Job Fit is the best place to start. To determine your Vet Med Career Alignment Score, visit https://joyfuldvm.com/quiz
37 minutes | May 25, 2021
Bullies in Vet Med
Nobody likes a bully.In Vet Med bullies exist everywhere...ClientsLeadershipCo-workersUnfortunately, the high-pressure, high-stakes field of veterinary medicine can catalyze bullying behavior... but that doesn't mean it's acceptable or should be tolerated.This behavior greatly contributes to degrading veterinary culture and employee morale.The reasons it is allowed to continue are multifaceted and complex... but not irreversible. The two things that drive bullying behavior are the same two things that leave others susceptible to it.As we begin to recognize and heal these aspects of ourselves, not only do we become capable of standing up to those who would bully us, but we also stop behaving as bullies ourselves.Win-Win.Interested in learning more about why Vet Med is an emotionally challenging career, and what you can do about it? Check out my Free Course: The Truth About Vet Medhttps://joyfuldvm.com/freecourse
28 minutes | May 18, 2021
Are you feeling stuck?Does it seem like your veterinary career, your relationships, and your life are not moving forward?Have you begun to doubt that any of it will ever be different or better than it is right now?Many of us doubt...We recognize we are unhappy or discontent...We try to make sense of it...We try to figure out how we became stuck in a repeating pattern we don't particularly enjoy...We become angry, bitter, resentful.We become frustrated.We may even become hopeless.What's the point?How do we get out of this?We're stuck...But it doesn't have to stay that way.Shining through your "stuckness" is a signal.Do you see it?Are you paying attention?The sooner you recognize it, the sooner you can get engaged in your life again....Ready to get unstuck and become the master of your own life? Join us in Vet Life Academy! https://joyfuldvm.com/vetlifeacademy
23 minutes | May 11, 2021
How We Block Our Potential
What’s possible for you regarding your career?What’s possible for you regarding your relationships?What’s possible for you regarding your finances?What’s possible for you regarding your future?Your answers to the questions above... that’s your filter.Your filter holds your potential.A filter that is clogged up with emotional and mental garbage will hold you back.It’s that simple.Our individual potential is only restricted by what we believe.What we believe becomes the filter through which we see our personal existence and the entire world.Left untended, it becomes very restrictive.The filter thickens with each thought, opinion, and belief that doesn’t serve us...Each self-judging comment...Critical and painful memories...Hurtful words and actions of other people that we have accepted as truth...Left untended, they all weave into the filter.As a result, our ability to see through the filter becomes limited to tiny gaps and holes...tiny light-strands of possibility...This creates a new belief... that what is possible for us has been compromised by our life experiences... that potential is finite, and mostly passed. This is not true.The possibilities for your life remain infinitely endless!Your potential has never been compromised, it remains solidly intact. You just can’t see it through the muck caught in your filter.As we begin to disassemble the filter, the possibilities for our lives burst wide open!Check out this episode of The Joyful DVM Podcast to learn more. Ready to begin cleaning out your filter so you can rediscover who you are and embrace the infinite possibilities this life has to offer? Join us in Vet Life Academy! https://joyfuldvm.com/vetlifeacademy
32 minutes | May 4, 2021
How Personal Energetics Impact Veterinary Culture & Individual Experience
Your individual energetic frequency creates your experience.It also influences the experience of others.Toxic Culture makes so much more sense when we understand the energy dynamic of what's happening.As we begin to understand the Veterinary Energetics, we can also identify the opportunities to create massive, positive, permanent shifts that rapidly improve culture.We also start to understand that our personal experience is never "at the mercy" of our coworkers and clients...WE ALONE control our Energetics...The solution requires Energetic Mastery one person at a time...This is deeply personal work that requires we embrace who we really are at our core, and work through all the muck that keeps us from living into the fullest expression of ourselves.The place to start: questioning your personal narrative in every area of your life.This is EXACTLY what we do inside Vet Life Academy. Check it out here: https://joyfuldvm.com/vetlifeacademy
26 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
The Story I Didn't Want To Share and The Vet Med Lessons It Revealed
I hadn't planned on sharing this story.Other than my husband, nobody knew this had even occurred...Until I shared it on Facebook...And turned it into a Podcast Episode...Now everyone will know.(Okay, okay... that's dramatic...)So why share it?Because I felt led to tell you what happened, and what I learned from it...Because there are lessons there we can all apply to our lives, and our careers...Because if we keep the bad things to ourselves, they turn on us...... we begin to believe We are bad...... we begin to believe We are responsible for things we don't control...... we begin to believe Everyone Else is doing a better job...So, in the spirit of discovery and learning, I shared my story.Grief, Sadness, Judgement, Shame, Guilt, Regret.It's all there.And with it the beautiful truth...I did the best I could with the information and resources I had at the time.I did my best.The outcome did not turn out as I wanted...... but I am still fundamentally me...(even if my silly human brain tries to convince me otherwise).Wondering how to get a handle on your silly brain so you can see through the challenges of your experiences to the truth of who you are in this world? Join us in Vet Life Academy!
18 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Leveraging the Unknown in Vet Med & Life
I don't know what to do.How many times have you said that to yourself, or even shared it out loud?On its own, it seems innocent enough...But...Often it is accompanied by a parallel belief, " I SHOULD know what to do..."with the "shoulds" come judgment...with the "shoulds" come shame...with the "shoulds" come unrealistic expectations...(expectations that have never even been defined!)All of this highlights a very real way in which we are using our brains the Wrong Way!In this episode, I explain how we are limiting ourselves by relying on the super-smart brains that helped us to achieve our veterinary credentials in the first place.I also share the superpower you can tap into in those uncertain moments to help you find exactly what you need to keep going.When you're ready to learn more about how to become more comfortable with the unknown, join us in Vet Life Academy!
22 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
What Does, and Does Not, Define a "Joyful" DVM
Joy and Happiness are NOT the same things.Joy is more than an emotion...It is a way of being...It is most highly experienced when we develop truth for ourselves in nine key areas... the nine buckets of alignment as I like to call them.Our human experience, left unquestioned and absent of intention, cannot (and will not) fill these nine buckets.That is our job.It is our mission.Only through the journey of exploring these buckets, dumping out what was never supposed to occupying them, filling them with the right things, do we develop joy.Joy is a way of being.It is INSPIRED Happiness.It is unshakable, and it cannot be stripped from us once it becomes part of who we are.Joyful DVM was created to help the veterinary community develop the Joy for themselves.In this episode, I share the 9 Buckets of Alignment and how you can start filling them with what you need to capture your own joy once and for all.Resources:Discover Your Purpose workshop
14 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
The Link Between Your Experience in Vet Med and Your Unique Human Design
Our experience in veterinary medicine is determined by our thoughts about it. Habit thoughts...Thoughts we’ve been imprinted with from those around us (parents, teachers, colleagues, clients, media, etc.)...Thoughts we haven’t intentionally chosen for ourselves...So WHY?Why are some of us greatly influenced by others, and some of us are not?Why are some of us able to quickly embrace and implement the skill of intentional thinking, and others of us struggle?Why do some of us have seemingly endless energy, and others of us are just done after a few hours?Why do some of us thrive in veterinary practice, and others of us totally burn out?Many of us seek to answer these questions through personality assessments... and we do find part of the answer there.... sometimes.But it never explains all of it... all of the differentiation between us...And where we recognize we are different makes many of us question our value, our worth, our decisions...We feel “less than” when we don’t measure up to the ones who we believe are doing it right...For myself, I’ve just known in my soul that what makes us different is intentional... that being different isn’t a problem...that being like everyone else isn’t the solution...But, our society doesn’t embrace our differences.Modern culture finds safety and order in everyone being the same.It doesn’t work because it goes against the unique nature of who we are...In this episode, I introduce the science of Human Design... the science that explains our differentiation.Through Human Design we can find the answers to WHY our experiences are soooo different... why those differences result in different experiences...and how we can use the unique blueprint of our human design as a tool to navigate our lives, and the role that veterinary medicine plays in it.Resources:Human Design Basics Bootcamp
33 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Vet Med Opportunities in the Aftermath of Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has been with us for a year now and will continue to linger for the indefinite future in some way, shape, or form.Veterinary Medicine, like many industries, has been forced to adjust and adapt.A year in, our colleagues in clinical practice are exhausted. Like much of the rest of the world, we’re dreaming of getting back to normal....... but, we forget that “normal” wasn’t that great.Unicorn Practices...Our profession uses this term to describe those practices where employees feel appreciated and supported, staffing is adequate, clients are friendly, where work-life balance exists and compensation is appropriate.The best places to work are called Unicorns! This is a problem.Remember, “Unicorn“ is what we call those rarely seen medical cases... the ones many of us go our entire careers without encountering...and this is the term we use to describe the best places to work...This is a PROBLEM!Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results...It’s time for change... well PAST time!This is the opportunity Covid-19 is providing us.Right now, the whole world is changing. NOW is the time to make fundamental changes to the way we have been doing business.It’s time to think outside the box.It’s time to embrace the reality that what worked in veterinary practice 50 years ago is no longer sustainable, or even desired, by the veterinarians and veterinary technicians of today.The practice of veterinary medicine has evolved.The level of service expected by many pet owners has evolved.Most of our hospitals have not.The foundation was already unstable... the pandemic amplified that... the opportunity is to shore it up to create a much better future in the aftermath.The solutions- unconventional.The results- life-altering... for your doctors, staff, clients, patients, and revenue.I don’t have all the answers... but I’ve got some ideas to get the creativity rolling.There are no rules to how you run your hospital, what services you provide, and how you do it. YOU GET TO DECIDE.You also get to CHANGE IT whenever you want... that’s the beauty of ownership.And, you get to leave to find it... that’s the beauty of being an employee.In this episode, I share a few unconventional ideas and my hope is that it gets you thinking about what you want for your life and career...The only thing required to make these changes is COURAGE. Not everybody will like your decisions... and that’s okay. It’s well past time to embrace the truth: if we don’t take care of ourselves first, we will never serve in our highest capacity or live our best lives.
28 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Vet Med Dealbreakers: 3 Times It's Best To Move On
I don't care whether or not you stay in veterinary practice, or totally leave every potential job related to a veterinary license behind.I really don't.I care about your personal well-being.I care about your future happiness.I care about your purpose (I KNOW you have one, even if you aren't so sure).I also care about the decision many of us keep making to stay in terrible situations...Jobs that fuel our insecurity.Jobs that squash our self-confidence.Jobs that are literally dangerous, mentally and physically.In my opinion, there are three circumstances in which pursuing a different job is a MUST... and that's what I share in today's episode.Staying is not always the responsible or noble thing to do!Are you waiting for permission to leave this profession?Many of us don't realize that's what we are doing. We have trapped ourselves in our own self-judgment over our prior decision to pursue this career.That decision came with a significant investment of money and time...SO WHAT?If you need permission to go a different direction...YOU'VE GOT IT!PERMISSION GRANTED.Find your place.Live your life.Get on the waitlist for the Discover Your Purpose workshops. Get empowerment, encouragement, and education for your Vet Med career from Vet Life Academy today.
21 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
The Impact of What You DON'T Want
What do you hate about Vet Med?I'm guessing creating that list would come pretty easily. I suspect justifying that list with your personal experiences would be effortless.I bet you could even round up a group of colleagues who would agree with you...... who would share their similar experiences...... who would create their own, very similar, list.Herein lies one of the sneakiest problems in Vet Med.Commiseration. There is a comfort that comes in sharing our experiences with our colleagues.Venting.Releasing the anger.Expressing our combined displeasure against the common enemies...In the anger and frustration of the collective we find solace, we find redemption...But there is one thing that will NEVER be found there...Hope.And not just hope.Possibility, Potential, Momentum, Compassion, Understanding...They can't be found there either.See, our brains are amazing computers.They can solve ANY problem.But they can't solve a problem they have never been asked.They can't gather evidence on topics we've never told it to be important.That's how the Reticular Activating System works...What we focus on, we create more of...This means the bi-product of all the venting and commiserating is going to be more evidence of reasons to vent and commiserate.This fuels our negative emotional state. But worse... it blocks the solutions.It's not that solutions don't exist, it's that we haven't told our minds that finding solutions is important. Resources:Discover Your Purpose workshop
13 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
What You Must Do Before You Quit
The most common response to discomfort is to take action that results in a change.Makes sense from a survival perspective...(especially if you are being pursued by predators.)BUT... this "habit of leaving" isn't doing us any favors in the pursuit of our best lives.Sure, there will be jobs, relationships, and other circumstances in our lives that are not "right fits" for us...And, the first evidence of the "wrong fit" will likely be the negative emotions we experience...stress, anxiety, dread, inadequacy, frustration, undervalued, disrespected... We use the experience of these emotions to justify our choice to leave.BUT... when we leave a situation just to get away quickly from those negative emotions, we often find ourselves repeating the experience in the new environment.WHY?!Spoiler: Not for the reasons most of us think.In this episode, I dive into the one thing most of us don't even know we need to do in our haste to leave undesirable experiences behind... and why we must begin doing it if we ever want to stop the pattern from repeating.We focus on this skill in Vet Life Academy.
22 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Why You're Probably Too Smart For Your Own Good
As a veterinary professional you are likely a very smart person.After all, it wasn't by accident that you were able to pass those board examinations to secure your licensure...But something happens to many of us once we get into practice...The real-world becomes overwhelming and confusing.Our logical and strategic left-brained thinking tries to make sense of our experience.Tries.Fails.Why can't we figure this out?We can't fix what is making us stressed and unhappy if we can't identify it.So, we keep trying to identify it.But we can't find it... so we begin to believe everyone else is happy and coping...We conclude: It must just be me...Friend, there's a lot you don't understand about the way your brain works.Left BrainRight BrainLower BrainHigher BrainWithout this knowledge, OF COURSE, you're left to conclude that you are the problem.Best News: You're not!There's just a mental battle going on in your mind between that super-smart and logical left brain, and the freaked-out toddler lower brain.Once you understand what's happening everything gets easier.I explain it all in this episode. Check it out!
26 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
What if Vet Med Was Never Supposed To Be Your Long-Term Purpose?
What if you were never meant to work in Vet Med forever?What if the clinical practice was only supposed to be a tiny part of your journey?What if you were never supposed to "fit in" there?If these things are true, then did you make a mistake pursuing it in the first place?Many of us would believe Yes.Some of our friends, family members, and colleagues would also believe Yes.I believe NO. Absolutely not.Forever and always, pursuing Vet Med was your Best. Decision. Ever.How is that possible?How can I conclude with absolute certainty that the time and money you invested in a career you didn't "stick with" in a traditional (or even non-traditional) form was a good thing?How can you not?In this episode, I peel back all the judgment and pressures from society that keep us stuck in a life and career some of us aren't designed to stay in long-term.Resources:The Discover Your Purpose Workshop
12 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Breaking Free of Vet Med
You and I have at least one thing in common...We both pursued careers in Vet Med.Beyond that, there are similarities, and there are differences. Society and culture would have us believe our differences are problematic.This idea is so integrated that it leaves us comparing ourselves to others...Not measuring up...Concluding that the others have it all together, and we are the outliers who don’t.We suffer quietly, hiding our inadequacies with perfectionism, efforts to control, and isolation.We also buy into a homogenized idea of what “good practices” look like and how “good doctors” and “good technicians” behave and perform.The result: a constant state of self-critique against an expectation that is neither clearly defined, nor attainable.The perfect recipe for diminishing self-confidence, burnout, and despair.But this is only part of the story.On the other side are those veterinary professionals who flourish...Those who embody the calling to serve in this way, and become more of who they are in the process...Those who welcome the integration of vet med and private life.So, which way is right? Which way is better?Neither.Both.The truth is, you are not supposed to be like everybody else.There is no one right way to practice and work in veterinary medicine. The more you try to force yourself to conform to the “veterinary box” as you learned to define it along the way, the more you will struggle.Life is supposed to be easier than that. In this episode, I share my thoughts on the Vet Med Box and the gift you can give yourself by Breaking Free of Vet Med.To discover how to become more of who you are, and how Vet Med fits into your journey, check out Vet Life Academy!
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