I love this big-hearted community!
I recently posed this question …
“If you could go back in time — to the start of your therapy career — what’s 1 thing you would do differently?”
And we were flooded with responses.
Take a look at the words of wisdom these wise practitioners would give their younger selves if they could.
Advice that would have given them shortcuts to success.
And maybe even saved them valuable time, energy and money along the way.
“I wish that I would have consistently trusted the voice or sense that I get when I know what to do during a session, or really in any situation in my life (what is my gut telling me to do).
“I feel like during much of my career path, I’ve been encouraged to follow logic rather than what my gut says. Sometimes logic only gets you so far.
“My gut is always right!”
“Hey Sharon, If I could go back, I’d have done more work on my subconscious blocks earlier!!
“By that I mean sitting with and working through when I felt resistance about something (for instance, writing website content) or I was fearful (what if I’m not ‘the expert’ I feel I want to be) in order to allow them time and space to unfold. Instead of just (unconsciously) sweeping them under the rug.
“Thanks, and great idea to collate these!”
“I didn’t sell myself.”
“I would have charged more for my sessions.”
“If I could go back to beginning … I would trust myself more.
“That way I’d have sailed my boat with more clarity of purpose, jumped ship on some emotionally dysfunctional office mates quicker, and avoided a financially and mentally draining business partner.
“I imagine that this would have allowed the ease of space to get further in my CST path more quickly.
“However, I think that if I hadn’t had those experiences I wouldn’t have the clarity and sailing skills that I know have.
“So … maybe my answer is that I wouldn’t change any of it. Except I’d have the Diplomate certification already. And I’d have developed my marketing habits earlier.”
“Hi! I would go back to 1997 and take advanced bodywork training instead of simply ‘massage.’
“I finally started classes in CST in 2014 and very much like offering more specialized work. It feels more valuable and sustainable.”
“I’m not sure, since back in the early 2000s when I became a therapist, CST wasn’t as well known, or offering that in a session wasn’t so easy to offer since all people wanted was Deep Tissue.
“As we advanced in our practice we learned that there are better modalities than just DT. So for today, that’s my answer, more knowledge in presenting that CST works.
“Why I say this: Because I have proof in myself after my brain aneurysm 6 years ago.
“I had a friend come in while I was still in ICU, with my Neuro’s permission, and give me 2 treatments. It made a huge difference in my outcome.
“I knew exactly what I needed to have done with the pain I was still having on my spine.
“Once I had the treatment, the pain was gone.
“If you met me today, you would never know I was that sick 6 years ago. So CST works. And I plan on using it on my clients once I’m settled in AZ in April.
“I’ve ‘done the walk … now I can talk.’”
“I would (1) think bigger (2) start branding earlier.”
“I would collaborate more.”
“I would hire a mentor.
“I desperately needed a mentor to help me build confidence in my skill set as a PT. And to help me learn and grow with confidence.
“I needed encouragement and lots of pats on the back and got none. I needed guidance and wisdom.”
“Such a fun question! I would follow my intuition.
“I would have decided then to follow my heart and the type of physical therapy in the way I wanted to.
“I would have begun Upledger work while I was a massage therapist — before I went to PT school!”
“I would have made more connections. I would have connected more with doctors, PTs, yoga instructors in my area AND with fellow Craniosacral providers from my classes.
“This would have helped me more now as I transition my practice into full-time CST and as a Full Body Presence presenter.”
“Giving myself time to settle and still before the client arrives in my clinic.”
“I would have much more faith in my ability to be helpful at some level, no matter where I’m at in my studies or courses.
“Trusting and having faith in my abilities to hold space and offer support for another person, even if I don’t feel like I’ve perfected the techniques or the language yet, has become a huge turning point for my confidence.”
“My career has followed my own healing process so intricately that I don’t think I could have done anything differently.
“Each step of the way has been such a huge learning process.
“The only thing I could wish for would be to have started younger. It would have been amazing to have acquired my skills before l had children.”
“Learn more about the business end.”
“In thinking back over 40 years, I would invest in green businesses to support the earth and myself. I’m finally doing it now. Yay.
“I would also do a certain type of spinal work that I always wanted to do. I may still do that now.
“I would have walked through more doors of opportunity that opened. Walked all the way through.
“It’s basically about taking my power instead of walking away.”
“If I could go back in time, I would dedicate a specific day(s) and time to develop my skill set.
“This would allow my growth of energy touch to be more prominent, as I had to work around a demanding workload.”
“If I could go back, I would trust fully the process of healing and the profound changes it begins to make in clients lives.
“If I had that confidence, I would have spoken up more about craniosacral as the first choice in the different therapies I offer.”
“I really love this question.
“Best thing I did that I wished I had done sooner, but wasn’t ready to do it sooner (haha), was to stop thinking of my cranial practice as my cranial practice.
“Instead, I would offer it every day to the Divine and say ‘If this is the work you want me do then show me’ and ‘Let the people who need me find me.’
“Then I felt my confidence build. I was able to engage with my clients in a deeper way.
“Thanks to Tosha Silver for the prayer. Thanks Sharon for all you do!”
“I would not doubt myself. Every step I was afraid how it would work out. So I postponed forward motion. For years.
“First, I didn’t know if the beeper would go off for an outcall. Then when I got a very inexpensive office space in a gym, I didn’t know if anyone would come in (even though the prior therapist was quite busy).
“When I moved to share a room in a building so I could see both men and women, I couldn’t imagine anyone would ‘drive there on purpose’ just to see me.
“Then I bought my own office condo. And they came. I ‘lost’ one ½-hour a month person. It was too far for her, 5 miles away. The fear was again baseless.
“22 years in, 17 in my office home, I trust no matter what, I am taken care of by the universe.
“It is uncanny and has been a process. But one thing I do know, it turns on a dime. Schedule is full, then completely empty.
“I used to panic. Now I know I need that time and space for other things. I lean in and enjoy it, and here comes the next wave. Full again.
“It’s as if the universe is a vast ocean with its own rhythm. Sometimes I’m in sync, sometimes not. But I am never alone, always nurtured, always loved.”
“Dear Sharon, thank you for being in touch and periodically asking such meaningful questions.
“If I could start over, I would have taken up my role with less obstacle. To have been more committed to my work as a divinely lead mission. And to have earlier on worked more attentively to refine myself for this task.
“Financially — to trust more and worry less.”
“I would trust in myself, my instincts and my intuition more.
“I would market CranioSacral more. People need the marketing, the education, the hook, so they know the type of amazing, life-changing therapy that is available in their neighborhoood.”
“Nothing. I would do everything just like I have done already.”
“All I ever really wanted to do was CranioSacral Therapy.
“What would I have done differently? I would have completed my massage training — even though I didn’t really want to do massage — so I could legally treat clients. And come out of the shadows.”
“I should have learned about how to run a business.”
“Build into my budget mandatory trainings for myself twice a year EVERY YEAR.”
“I would be born 15 years later than I was. Which means that, when I had this incredible urge to learn massage at age 24 or 25, I would have done it and found CST in the 1980s.
“That is when I was first introduced to it but I had other responsibilities to deal with [no moaning here by the way ] until the early 1990s at age 49. So about 25+ years in the corporate world and 25 years in the CST world.
“Balance is everything and some of us are more difficult to balance. BUT I really have no regrets as to how this all unfolded and continues to unfold.
“Thank you for the journey into the events of my life. Love this planetary existence and all it has to offer.”