As an aspiring vet with mental illnesses, perfectionism (or the perfectionism script) rears its ugly head to tell me that I will not be accepted in the veterinary profession. The truth is, putting your hands up and reaching out for help is a strong act rather than a sign of weakness.
Finding @katieford.vet on Instagram, I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. A veterinarian talking about motivation, positivity, and mindset.
Rather than hiding the struggle beneath the high-flying success, Katie talks openly and honestly about the reality many of us face.
It is a breath of fresh air for a fellow perfectionist to expose how unsustainable a result-driven life is. But wait, now I know that we are not perfectionists, we simply have a perfectionism script.
So you can imagine the elation I felt when I read into Katie’s online personal development course “Secret Hacks for the Veterinary Brain”, aimed at discarding the success and productivity based life, taking control of the present, not living by the script.
3 REASONS YOU NEED THIS COURSE IN YOUR LIFE:
1. A REAL HUMAN BEING
“A role model can teach you to love and respect yourself.”
For me, the biggest difference between other self-help sources is that I know there is a genuinely lovely human being behind the words. Katie promotes all things positive wellbeing on her social media platforms, offering free support and advice for those in need. I have the confidence to reach out to Katie when in need of some words of wisdom, or veterinary-career-related advice.
2. LEARN ABOUT “THE SCRIPT”
“To compare is to despair”
Thoughts can be isolating – believing that we are alone in our struggles with self-doubt and vicious cycles of negative thinking.
It has been empowering to identify, acknowledge, and dismiss “the script”. I was first introduced to “the script” through this online course. This is a life-changing step for anyone, I will leave explaining “the script” to Secret Hacks for the Veterinary Brain.
3. RELATABLE EXERCISES WITH 0 PRESSURE
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
After each lesson, there is an exercise to complete. Each of these is based on your life, finding practical solutions to day-to-day issues or personal difficulties. The exercises are for your own self-growth. No tests to prove you have 100% understood concepts. Nothing to trigger the perfectionism script.
Learn how to work a sausage machine, and how to become a pearl diver.
A source of shining hope.