#70: Self-kindness and the illusion of "I HAVE to" With Dr Philip McKernan.


There are so many important conversations happening at the moment about the challenges facing the vet profession and the possible solutions. We love it when we hear things like: ‘We have to get better at setting boundaries. We have to stop feeling so guilty. We have to value ourselves more. We have to be more kind to ourselves.’ But the big question remains: HOW?!

How do we do those things when we don’t even understand WHY we feel guilty? Why is it that we can’t value ourselves? Why are we so weird about money conversations? Why are we so hard on ourselves?

This is why we’ve brought you Philip McKernan: to help us do the deep work.

“I feel we have a moral obligation to do this work. If we choose to leave the couch, leave our bedroom and walk out into the world and interact with humans, we have a moral obligation to do the work on ourselves so that we can show up as better humans every single day.”

Philip McKernan is a speakerauthor, coach, and ‘enlightened hooligan’. From working with the Canadian Olympic Team and at the Pentagon to writing 5 books, despite his dyslexia, the man has a lot to share. And share it he does in this conversation with his zero-bullshit cut-to-the-bone approach. We jump straight into the deep end with what being kind to yourself really looks like, and why we (with a particular focus on the vet profession) are so bad at it. Philip pressure tests some of our core beliefs around who we are, what we do, why we do it and who we do it for, and dismantles some myths around how we do them.

“A lot of what I hear is that ‘we’re serving people, and the industry demands this,’  and I go, ‘yeah, I get it, but I don’t get it, and I don’t buy it, because at the end of the day, you still have a choice.”

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