Happy New Year from the team at True Potential!
The beginning of a new year is a great time to take a good look in three directions:
1. Look back to see how far you’ve come.
2. Look around you to see all the good you have right now.
3. And, look ahead at where you’d like to be.
Because you’ll never be back where you were. And eventually you’re going to get to where you want to be.
Wise words from our very own Doctor Fleury. Read on for her personal story about this special message for the new year:
A New Year’s Message
A New Year’s Message from True Potential Health’s founder Jacqui Fleury, Naturopathic Doctor
As I sat delayed in the Minneapolis airport on my way home from Florida, I called a friend who I like to refer to as my “accountability partner”. And we talked in length about something a few of us have in common, and that is this constant drive to be better and have more and to do more and create more. It seems those of us with Type A personalities are afflicted with this drive. And it’s both our strength and our nemesis. Is it a matter of “keeping up with the Jones”, or is it this internal need to continually move forward. Is there a time for being content with what we have, for appreciating exactly what’s in front of us while also dreaming of what possibilities lie ahead? Of course. So why is this so hard for some or most of us?
This holiday season was totally different for me than any one before. Nothing about it was traditional in terms of what I would normally do for the holidays. Much of that was out of necessity, and the rest was by intentional design. The anticipation leading into the season was painful …. it’s a year of firsts for me. And the closer Christmas came, the worse I felt. Until the morning before I left for a trip to Florida where my wise friend looked at me and said … “You’re focusing on what you don’t have instead of what you do have”. There was his first piece of wisdom that was like a swift kick in the ass. At which point I snapped myself back into reality and proceeded to thoroughly enjoy the next few days of the holiday season celebrating Christmas in a way I’ve never done before…. a Florida Xmas with palm trees instead of snow, with new people and a few people dear to my heart.
Be Patient With Yourself
My friends second piece of wisdom came during that phone conversation in the airport when he said to me…. “when you design a plan for one of your patients you don’t set them up to believe it’s only going to take a month to get their health back. You coach them on the need to be patient as their health is restoring. So why don’t you afford yourself that same patience?” Again. A kick in the ass.
He’s so wise. And I’m sharing this with you as a way to connect with you as we welcome in another new year. Because there is a temptation to make big plans of change, to make resolutions.
Movement is Movement
And since my wise friend reminded me of the value of patience , I’m going to extend this reminder to you. All good things come with time. It’s the reason why I believe that the only change that sticks long term is the change that is made slowly over time. Nothing drastic or extreme is sustainable. And many of you have heard me say to you time and time again… movement is movement. Whether you feel you are moving forward or backwards , at least you’re moving.
So as you settle into 2018, take a good look in three directions …. look back to see how far you’ve come. Look around you to see all the good you have right now…. and look ahead at where you’d like to be. Because you’ll never be back where you were. And eventually you’re going to get to where you want to be. You just gotta be patient.
I’m patiently hopeful
By Jacqui Fleury, Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Owner and Director
True Potential Health, Saskatoon