Sharing something that I struggle with for @thelevelupinitiative #challengeyourselfcampaign

Hopefully this helps those out there who may feel similarly “Every day I wake up and set myself the same challenges.

I challenge myself to believe who I am and what I’m doing is enough. That the way I guide my patients and the treatments I prescribe are appropriate. That my qualifications, study and preparation are enough.

I challenge myself to calm the thoughts in my head. The ones that tell me I should be reading more, writing more and learning more. To stop the constant energy spent wondering what I could have done better. To create boundaries where I can allow myself to switch off.

I challenge myself to just be myself. Not imitate others or use them as a yardstick for my own performance. To understand that my journey is unique and to compare myself to anyone else is a disservice to me.

I challenge myself to practice self-compassion. To understand that I can’t get everything correct and that it’s not a weakness, it’s part of being human. To be aware of the stresses that I face, both at my job and in my own mind. To understand that it’s ok to feel tired, overwhelmed and out of my league.

In a culture that reveres constant hard work and tireless effort, it’a not only a challenge, but an act of defiance to take care of yourself. It took me a long time to learn these lessons and it took me even longer to learn how to put them into practice. I’m still learning how to maintain them. What I’ve found is that you don’t completely overcome all challenges, rather, some of them, you face up to every day.

I take comfort in knowing that every single day, despite the pitfalls, relapses and difficulties, it becomes easier.”


Alex Murray Podiatrist

Alex Murray is a Podiatrist working in private practice and the founder of website Making Sense in Podiatry. He's passionate about helping other clinicians make sense of evidence and clinical practice with a core philosophy of exploring the complexity of human beings, embracing the uncertainty of clinical practice, and avoiding overly reductionist thinking. In addition to his undergraduate degree from La Trobe, he also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Otago. He has experience with both national and international athletes and has recently transitioned to focusing primarily on helping the general population and local athletes manage their pain and achieve their goals.

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