This lecture will start with a brief discussion of fear and courage. We’ll address some lurking fears that veterinary professionals face including the fears of doing harm, feeling stupid, being judged, being “found out” (imposter syndrome), and getting sued.
We’ll discuss techniques that can be practiced in everyday life that will help people get more comfortable with uncertainty. Taking command of our fears by learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable, taming intimidation, and exercising empathy will keep our psyches fit for successfully engaging the opportunities and challenges of our profession. Exercising these techniques boosts confidence, reduces anxiety, and improves decision making.
Finally, we’ll discuss the 3 keys to confidence including permission, community, and curiosity. I’ll demonstrate how these can be used in our roles as colleagues, employers, mentors, and managers to support resiliency and flexibility in the profession leading to increased career satisfaction.