Seeing a peacock flounder (see photo) while SCUBA diving last week got me thinking: Do flounders actually flounder? Or is their name not related to what we usually associate with “flounder-ing?” It also got me thinking about why I’m feeling so good about the direction in which my life, especially my business life, is going right now.
Suddenly, I realized: I’m not floundering! for once, in a very long time.
As it turns out, flounders actually hover just above the sandy ocean floor, or even cover themselves with sand so they can hover incognito; then they JET straight forward, with speed and purpose, to grab their food (or avoid curious divers). They move kind of like a hovercraft, or like the UFO in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (great movie, if you haven’t seen it).
Seeing that beautiful flounder, beneath the sea, MOVING FORWARD on my approach, I realized that I, too, am now moving forward. I’m making REAL progress (and not floundering!) with a goal I’ve had, ever since I decided to write and publish my book (How Healthy Is Your Doctor?), to reach more readers and to share my message of self-empowerment in health with more people.
In fits and starts, since 2006, I’ve been making “progress,” but it’s been slow and erratic, lacking direction. I launched this website 10 years ago, intending to blog regularly about the importance of eating and living healthier to create one’s own best health; then I neglected to blog. I finally wrote and edited my beautiful book by 2012, published it in 2013, and gave local talks and some national radio interviews to discuss and promote it (including on Wyoming’s NPR program, Open Spaces).
In 2014, Michelle Obama wrote a personal letter to thank me for sending her a copy, and for supporting her “Let’s Move” healthy kids’ campaign. In 2015, I gave a well-received lecture to a hundred or so health professionals at the Frontiers in Wyoming Medicine medical conference, generating interest by my medical peers in the newest medical specialty, Lifestyle Medicine, of which I’m a proud member.
But, until this spring, all my efforts to “reach more readers” have been sporadic, intermittent, with no clear direction or goal, and no clear plan. I’ve been, in essence, floundering!
Enter D’vorah Lansky, creator of the website www.reachmorereaders.com and successful online educator/entrepreneur. I’d been listening to her programs for some time already; I was especially drawn to her online course that teaches authors like me how to create and to offer our OWN online course, based on our book, as a way to reach more readers ourselves, and to have fun teaching, helping, and inspiring people online in the process.
Until a few short weeks ago, I still lacked a clear way to integrate what I was hearing and learning into my already busy life. My biggest challenge for these past ten years has been how to balance (a) my desire to impact more people with my message of health, and find more readership for a book I’m really proud of writing; and (b) the obvious need to take at least SOME time out of my incredibly full and fun life, to do it.
When D’vorah gently asked if I wanted to join a private and group coaching/”implementation” program this summer, voila! I knew it was for me!
Our first session, late last month, was music to my ears. Instead of coming away feeling overwhelmed about “having” to do a whole bunch of stuff, every day, on multiple fronts, we crafted a simple and eminently do-able plan for me, to focus on 3 “prongs” of my business, for just one hour each week (actually, I piped in, why not 90 minutes each?!). By creating consistency; and by creating a system I could look forward to enacting instead of dreading it; and by preserving all of the precious time in my life I have come to thrive upon (I’m retired from my emergency medicine practice, after all!), I should still have my first online course ready to present and to offer by this September!
SO the lesson for me, and TODAY’S HEALTH TIP IS THIS: If you have a goal in your life that you’re having trouble reaching, look to someone else who’s been there, who can help you quit floundering and move forward—with information, with inspiration, with ideas, and/or (as in my own case here) with personalized direction.
I hope to become that someone for many of you, by reaching out in these blogs more often, sharing things I’ve come to know and understand about health, life, and our complex and confusing healthcare system; by writing more free “Special Reports” about health to share with those who’ve opted in to my email list; by developing an online course based on the content of my book; and by continuing to pursue my own dreams: to reach more people and be of more service to those who aspire, now or in future, toward better health.