I’m Stepping into my Power! Will you join me?

dr. joann Jul 01, 2016

I’m stepping into my Power. Will you join me?

I’ve had some really big “aha” moments in the past 2 weeks, and my 10 month-old puppy, Alpine, has been instrumental in my learning these important lessons.

Over the past 3 years, I have learned so much about myself. I’ve been transitioning my business from chiropractic care to Lyme Disease recovery and now my focus is coaching clients on how to clean up their mindset so they can learn to heal themselves.

I had to sift through years of built up anger and resentment, hurt feelings, guilt of epic proportions, and just a feeling of being really ticked off at men…Ok, my dad. I never wanted to share the really ugly stuff with you, but stepping into my power is also about me being authentic. If I can muster up the strength to really be myself, and share my most vulnerable lessons with you without this becoming a contest of who has suffered the most, then hopefully you can find your inner strength and power. Hopefully I can inspire you to let go of your past wounds, step into your power, and get your life back! I’d love nothing more than having you join me on this journey!

So, let’s get back to Alpine. I’ve been around dogs and puppies before, but I was never in charge of them. I was never their main caregiver. I was always more of a cat person. With cats, if you want them to pay attention to you, you have to bow to their wishes. You have to please them. You have to treat them so that they want to sit on your lap.

But dogs, they are so happy. All. The. Time. And they follow you around constantly. And you need to train them, or they become needy little brats. When we got Alpine last November, it was decided that I would start working from home more often…you know, to make sure he wasn’t destroying the house. But I insisted that my husband agree to help with the walking and training. Sure, he said.

At first it was great. A cute little puppy that I fell in love with. But then it became obvious that I was the only one who was walking and exercising him. Without realizing it, I made up my mind that I was NOT going to train this dog. If I had to walk him all the time, then Tom needed to train him for me.

So, little by little, Alpine grew bigger and stronger…and I was having a rough time handling him. He would practically drag me around whenever he saw small animals or other people. My shoulders and neck were killing me. And then Alpine started this needy barking thing whenever there was more than just he and I in the same room. It’s like he didn’t want anyone else talking to me.

The whole situation was becoming really uncomfortable for me…I wasn’t sleeping well because my shoulders hurt, and I was picking arguments with Tom because I thought he was refusing to help me.

The funny thing is, when I’m working with clients, I teach them to go deeper whenever they are feeling uncomfortable. That uncomfortable feeling is just a message that healing is needed. A Course In Miracles states, “You are never upset for the reason you think.” I knew all of this stuff, but I was really stuck. I couldn’t see what was really going on. And since I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t ready to let go of my ego’s need to be right. I needed to be right about something, I just wasn’t sure what.

Then a friend stopped by, and Alpine was acting all thug. And my friend looked at me and said, “You need to step into your power with this dog.” And it hit me like a ton of bricks!

I had been waiting for someone else to solve my problems. I had been playing the victim…again. I was sitting in the back seat of this car that represents my life, allowing someone else (anyone else) to be in charge, because I was too afraid to do it myself. What if I failed? What if I couldn’t do it? What would people think? It was much easier to have someone to blame, than it was to take responsibility.

I decided right then and there that it was time. It was my time. It was time for me to be the pack leader in my own life. It was time for me to show up…for me.

I immediately started re-watching the dog training videos. We worked on the down command. A lot. And you know what? Alpine and I are doing much better! He is still questioning my ability to be a pack leader, but I am determined. I know I can do this. I even dug out my Wonder Woman costume to show you how powerful I feel. And now Alpine obeys my down command…about ¾ the time, which is so much better than a week ago. He has even obeyed a few down commands from across the field in my back yard. (I think that’s pretty cool!)

This past week even more waves of understanding have been coming to me during meditation. I had also been playing it safe in my business as well. I had been pussy-footing around all of this mindset stuff. I was trying to gently make my point in my email newsletters, in my live broadcasts, and in my blogs. What would people think? What if I sounded too woo-woo? Would I lose my credibility?

I had been talking a lot about different autoimmune diseases, and what steps to take to get your health back. And you know what? I don’t want to talk about that stuff anymore. It’s all the same stuff, and I can only say it so many different ways.

I want to talk about your mindset. I want to talk about how your thoughts, emotions & beliefs are keeping you stuck. I want to help you move from Suck Island to Happy & Healthy Island.

I’m stepping into my power. I’m paying attention to what feels good…to what feels right. I’m getting rid of what no longer feels good. I’m revamping my website to better reflect how I want to help clients and what I want to talk about.

There is a beautiful feeling that comes with stepping into your power. I call it freedom. Freedom to be who I really am. Freedom to show up authentically. Freedom to follow my purpose. Freedom to live passionately.

I’m stepping into my power. Will you join me?

Many Blessings,
Dr JoAnn

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