Top 5 Self-Sabotaging Traps for Holistic Health Professionals
In this special article, written exclusively for the Health Coach Weekly community, you’ll
learn how to liberate yourself from the final three traps that have denied you your full
expression of success, gratitude and abundance.
For a link to the first article, click here.
Trap #3. Self-Doubt: If I am so good at my work, why can’t I get clients?
Did you ever have a dream where you were running in the shadows from some unknown
predator? That slow moving molasses feeling. Like you are trying so hard to escape, but
you just… can’t… move…
We repeat the sludge-foot stepping in real life when we indulge in destructive self-doubt.
Our first two traps, False Beliefs and Fear (see article one) got all hot and steamy and
bore a demon child and called it Self-Doubt.
If the Sun and Moon should doubt
They would soon go out
– William Blake – Auguries of Innocence
Self-Doubt whittles away your momentum. It is inward directed fear based on false
beliefs. And it is especially brutal for the intelligent world changer. We can see the whole
picture. We can see both sides of the coin. We have come to value the inquiry into Self.
We doubt the headlines. We look for the deeper questions. But this strength turns into
an invasive weed when it gets free rein to undermine your true authentic strengths, gifts
We start to go down the rabbit hole of self-doubt and find the Mad Hatter breaking our
dishes and wasting our time. We find ourselves thinking:
- Maybe they were right, I should get a job
- What if I am destined to fail at this?
- Should I be doing something else with my life?
- If I am so smart and so passionate, why can’t I get clients?
- I’m not educated enough
- I don’t have enough degrees and letters behind my name
Cough. Gag. Retch.
That is some nasty poison!
Would you give a baby soda in their baby bottle?
Do you want schools to have GMO-processed food in the lunch line?
Are you willing to feed pesticide laden food to your family?
But you’ll feed yourself this toxic mix of inner self talk that robs you of your glorious gifts
that make the world a better place.
Key #3. Stand up to self-doubt with Affirmative Invocation. This isn’t some magical
thinking. This is about invoking the truth about yourself. I’m talking about giving yourself
a good talking to. Something like this: I can do this. I am learning what I need to learn. I
believe in myself. I believe in my dreams. I invoke the creativity, the passion, the enthusiasm,
the knowledge, the drive and all of my intelligence to provide my clients with solution for
better health and life. I am allowing my light to shine. This light can never be taken away. I
deny the power of self-doubt and I affirm the truth about myself. I am n expression of infinite
creative intelligence. I can do this! I am unstoppable! I am powerful! I am hear to shine.
Deep breathe and ground the energy into your body. Now, when you feel like a bad-ass,
you can act like a bad-ass. (A loving, healthy and supportive bad-ass).
Find more example and step-by-step guidance on how you can maximize your
Affirmative Invocation process here.
Trap #4. Confusion, Distraction and Overwhelm stop you from taking action.
You sweet seductress.
You jiven’ gigolo.
You know you’ve invited them in. Just to say hi. The innocent click of the tab. The
momentary browse through email.
Then you find your wallet is gone, you’re in a strange hotel room and you don’t
understand the language.
OK, not really. But the seduction of Distraction and Overwhelm is the biggest source of
chaos and confusion in your business and life.
I am adamant about this topic. You see, I’ve squandered SO MUCH of my life to these
cruel masters. I hate it. And I fight a battle every day to:
Tame The Dragons of Distraction
And The Ogers of Overwhelm
I am so passionate about this, that I am writing a new book on the topic.
Therefore, I am going to send you directly to a free resource I created to help you
manage distraction and overwhelm so you can cut through chaos and confusion and get
into the sweet flow of focused, meaningful and productive work.
Our relationship with technology is the number one quarantined site for the personal
clean up of distraction and overwhelm. It’s like cleansing for the pre-frontal cortex and washing off the sickly scent of the
seductress of confusion.
Trap #5. Paradigm Conflict: “I can’t be spiritual and make money.”
When I lived in Boulder, Colorado, I used to like to listen to KGNU, the independent,
decidedly liberal local radio station. I would then switch over to positive and encouraging
KLOV, the syndicated Christian station.
I had friends at both stations. I had been on both stations radio shows for my health
coaching practice. I appreciated that they both stood for something important I could
But I loved hearing the political talk shows back and fourth. I’m about to get real here.
You know what I am talking about.
“You know what the real problem is, our country is going to heck because of these godless,
morally debase liberals.”
“You know what the real problem is, our country is going to hell because of these narrow
minded, witless, bigoted conservatives.
Back and fourth they blame each other. Now I am not endorsing any political position but
I can tell you that BLAME never works. NEVER.
But more importantly, this points to the way we have internalized paradigm conflicts. So
often our success is not just about our beliefs, our thoughts and our actions. It is about
the culture we are in. It is about the influence of our family, our “tribe,” and our peer
We are not immune to influence. We are defined by the people that you spend time with.
This is not excuse to toss out personal responsibility, but it is a call to action to look at
the people that you spend time with. Are they living lives you dig? Can you say, “I am
inspired by my peeps?” If not, keep loving everybody, but choose to spend time with the
peeps that are keeping it real, stepping out like a boss and living like a warrior.