The Road Ahead.....
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
This is a question I ask every patient at some point when they step into my clinic. Because in my experience the potential of what I can offer through homeopathy depends on what a person really really wants in life.
And more importantly because I have always found it extremely gratifying to provide my patients exactly what they want. And the more I give myself the permission to follow my own wants I give my patients the permission to follow theirs.
Now I have always loved writing a diary and setting my yearly resolutions since I was really young. However around 15 years ago I read the book “I am Ok, You are Ok”. That inspired me to write some really "improbable" goals then for years to come. Anyway I had forgot all about that and life went on.
And then an amusing thing happened. A few years ago when I was pregnant with my son, I was reading my old diary all those years ago and realised that I had met pretty much all of those seemingly far fetched goals that I had written down. Obviously, I was surprised.
As my baby grew to be more and more independant, suddenly I had lots and lots of spare time to ponder about my own wants and one day I woke up and asked myself “what’s my next chapter?”
Somehow when you work really hard for some big goals, and then one day you realise you have met those goals, you set a perfect launching pad for the next level of your journey. That’where I was in 2008…
THE NEXT LEVEL
Before 2008, the “Why” behind all my ventures was about growing our new business, becoming a practitioner of my dreams, starting a family, being there for my son when he needed us and creating a good life – but that also meant putting in a huge number of after work hours on the business just trying to stay afloat.
That’s where we were... In struggle and survival gear.
So one day my husband Atul and I decided to step back and look at what we really really wanted. And gradually we worked our way out of that struggle and survive gear – it was only when our business and vision started to align together.
The next few years we cruised along overcoming ups and downs. All the time learning, evolving and growing. We were clearly working towards a life where we have the time and means to do what we always wanted and still have time for the family.
And, wonderfully, we started to see our vision becoming a reality. It was a worthwhile joyful journey to reach our next destination.
And then there was the huge leap forward – when in 2012 Atul could choose to quit his day job and spend full time on a project that was a part of his life's dream.
A dream that we wanted to achieve by the time our son Smit was in big school.
That completely changed the perspective for me.
I found that for the first time I had choice to actually look at my own life time goals.
Now this is not the first or the last time someone is looking at their life time goals but for me it was the first and hence a very gratifying moment.
It was a quest that needed no external reference. It came together through the months during our long summer camping trip in the bush and then hours of endless discussion during our morning walks.
We learned a lot from that soul searching… about ourselves and about what we wanted for the next chapter of our lives.
Its hard to put everything here but I can say three things that are a part of my personal and work mission… that inspire me to create, connect and contribute. And I found it has a deep relevance to what I do, and its place in the world.
1. Integrative Medicine is the key to real health.
I could write pages on this, but here’s a summary: It is not about one system of medicine against the other. Conventional medicine is amazing for acute emergencies and boosting survival in dire situations. Holistic mind body medicine such as homoeopathy is incredible for chronic diseases and preventive medicine, thus improving human potential to live life to the fullest resisting illness and disease.
Both conventional medicine and non-conventional practitioners working together will make an impact, creating real health and wellness… and raising the quality and quantity of life throughout the world.
2. Massive Open Online courses are the future of education.
Again, I could talk about this all day, but here is cutting a long story short: information in this world is being generated, delivered and eliminated faster than anytime in the history of the world. I believe every health and wellness practitioner has something to share with others based on their own unique talents, gifts and in everyday clinical experience. This knowledge is being created faster than it is being shared. So I am excited about creating an online platform where dedicated, homoeopathic and other wellness practitioners and professionals from corners of the world can connect, share their own gifts and learn from each other beyond time, zone and place.…
3. My personal business is all about connecting the above
It is about creating an online platform for practitioners around the world to develop professionally, grow their practice and find the best tools to share their passion with the world.
THE ROAD AHEAD
At the start of this year, I was sitting at a coaching seminar. It was an extraordinary group of around 20-30 people that I had never met before – they were incredible experts in various domains, including things like business and executive coaching , cutting edge health and wellness, mind body technology and psychology. Many of them were top-selling authors, and entrepreneurs who ran successful ventures and businesses.
They started with the preliminaries and went around the group to introduce themselves and set the intention for the seminar. Many spoke about what they wanted and their vision.
I’m naturally an introvert… and frankly I sort of hate this thing - sharing my personal vision with an unknown group. I could spend hours talking about this to my coach.
But when it came around to my turn, my heart was pounding and from somewhere a voice inside me said:
“I’m Shilpa, and I work with practitioners who will transform the way the world looks at Health and Wellbeing for time to come ”
I don't know how I came up with that. And I got their attention. It was liberating. But more importantly, it was true.
I help wellness practitioners and educators bring their gifts to the world. There was a time when it was all about me and my clinic and my clients...Now slowly as a community is being formed and as they connect and learn, I realise the potential of reaching every corner of the world through them. As a whole, together we can all make a difference in the way the world perceives what REAL health is all about.
It’s a big road ahead...
And I am talking about this to you as a part of my homoeopathic network for the very first time, … .It's not easy because as I am saying this, a part of me is resisting to speak up. But deep down I have reached a point where I am ready to talk about this without feeling uncomfortable.
Because this is important work and bigger than any one person and only together we make a difference.
I remember for the first time when I connected with my students through my first blog video – similar to the way I would teach at a college course – I had an AHA. I saw that I could reach people from every corner of the world and share the same passion. The difference was that students past present and future could watch these videos again and again and benefit much better that way.
And more importantly through my online academy I could provide this opportunity to each and every practitioner around the world who wanted to connect, teach and share their story and experience in a similar format.
Lastly a core part of any learning is interaction and discussion – having a trainer answering questions on the forum, courses and in the homeoquest portal – was far reaching. It’s a lot more work for trainers this way… so I usually only run select cohorts per year – but it gets great results for all mentoring and academy students because this stays with them for years to come.
(Right now I’m gearing up for my next online academy – connecting my students and network with the expertise of incredible amazing teachers and professors from my medical college and hospital in India. It will be dream come true learning from my own mentors and teachers again….)
CLARITY IN MISSION
If you’re just starting out thinking about your goals… then most of you will need to think about getting clients, about putting together a great practice and being the best practitioner you can be.
But once you get there – once you’ve built a regular client base… you should start focusing on your real purpose, because that will sustain you.
And it will transform the way you look at your business and what your business provides you.
Finding your Why isn't something you can do in a single sitting but trust me - simply finding a quiet time and writing down what's important to you in your life and work is a worthwhile exercise.
More importantly your mission does NOT have to be about the future of mankind. There is no right or wrong, big or small about this and it does not have to be a final destination. Its your personal journey and you can always change your destination as long as you get ready to go further.
It took me a long while to get there and it may take a turn in a different direction. Who knows one day you could find me in the quest of working towards a perfect fusion between various forms of Indian and Western Classical dancing. But as of now I’m still happy with health and wellbeing.
So the bottomline is as long as its worthwhile and fulfilling its right for you.
I really thank you for coming along on the journey with me and reading this far. This anniversary blog really turned out to be bigger than I intended. And I will definitely keep you posted as I evolve...
But for now, since I just stepped up and put myself out there, I have one favour – please leave a comment below and let me know what you really think of all this.
(I have put some photos this time instead of a video. They are from a camping and bushwalking trip around Mount Kosciuszko and the national park around NSW and Victoria. These trips are where we find our grounding and endless inspiration to replenish our souls.....)