Nobody said this would be easy. Sure, you went to school. You finished school. Maybe you even went into debt or spent a lot of money you saved. But wait. There’s MORE WORK to do? It’s NOT FAIR out there?


Unlike school, there are no “correct” answers and nobody can just “give you the answer in the back of the book” or “tell you what’s going to be on the test.” So, get over yourself and realize you’re not special. You’re going to have to work, and you’re going to have to work…HARD. It’s going to take time. And, you’re going to FAIL some of the tests (but unlike school you won’t get kicked out, it doesn’t end when you fail — and you aren’t judged for it).

But with every failure, you are one step closer to figuring out what WORKS.

Here’s FIVE ways practitioners sabotage their own success, and 12 things they can DO ABOUT IT.

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I get it. Something bad happens and you wish you could have done it over. Could have done it better. Could have done…could have done…could have done…you get the picture. And THEN, all the “could haves” end up keeping us STUCK in the past. STUCK in UN-FORGIVENESS of ourselves. Look. It’s done. It’s over. The only reality that exists — exists in the PRESENT MOMENT.


  • LOVE YOURSELF. Fully and UNCONDITIONALLY. None of us is “perfect,” nor will we ever be. We’re not that way by design. Our “imperfections” allow us to learn and grow and make meaning of this ever expanding world.
  • Resist JUDGEMENT of yourself. Seek the lesson learned in the process, grab it and bend the UNIVERSE to YOUR WILL.


The “shortcut” mentality is a real killer. By looking for shortcuts these people actually DELAY finding the REAL PATH. It’s a little bit like the “answer in the back of the book” syndrome. There’s GOT to be a “trick”, a “secret”…I’m here to tell you, there’s NOT.


  • STOP looking for quick-fixes and STOP trying to avoid discomfort.


Maybe there’s debt. OK. Maybe there’s limited resources with which to move forward. OK. Maybe it’s SCARY to put your money into something that isn’t guaranteed AT ALL (think about how acclimated we’ve all become to feeling entitled to a guaranteed result when we buy stuff). OK. So WHAT?


  • Take on MORE debt to finance your GROWTH – aka borrow money to MAKE MONEY (versus borrowing money to get a degree which doesn’t guarantee you any money).
  • Do WHATEVER you can with the LIMITED resources you may have now. RESOURCEFULNESS is the most important quality of the successful healer and business owner.


Patients often get better. And, just as often, they don’t. Being attached to outcome is the single most direct path to something that destroys the dreams of many a great healer and leads to BURNOUT.


  • Totally buy into the concept that YOU ARE NOT GOD.
  • RECOGNIZE that your patient is bringing a TON of momentum and karma with them into the process. You’re not BUDDHA either.


People will struggle for YEARS – DECADES even – and never ask for help. As if there’s a special trophy for figuring it all out themselves. There’s NOT.


  • GET HELP from people who are ahead of you.
  • PAY FOR IT if you have to (valuable stuff is NEVER free).
  • BE COACHABLE and keep an open mind.
  • Be willing to TRY NEW STUFF – especially if the stuff you’re doing isn’t working so well.

Look. SUCCESS does NOT fall out of the sky. And it’s DEFINITELY NOT something we’re entitled to just because we’re SMART, TALENTED, EDUCATED, DEGREED, WELL-READ, COOL, NICE, SPIRITUAL. Success is something you WANT, then CREATE. Simple as that. ❤️

To Your Ultimate Victory,

Chris Axelrad, Creator Of Power Practice Alchemy (read more about me here)

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