From Our Founder

 

Hi friends!

Last week, in our Motivo staff meeting, we were sharing some memories from our college years. It was cool to hear everyone share their funny or embarrassing college moments.

When it was my turn, I shared about the time that I wasn’t doing well in Spanish class my sophomore year.  The class met at 8 AM THREE DAYS A WEEK. Which, I felt, was a tad bit unreasonable.

I routinely “accidentally” slept through the class – so I wasn’t doing too well, grade-wise. I decided to appeal to my professor’s heartstrings by telling her that my parents were going through a divorce and it was being difficult for me to make it to class.

This was… a lie. 😬

However, it was a highly effective lie – my professor showed me a ton of empathy and I was able to catch up and pass the class.

When I think back, I cringe at how dishonest I was. 

I’ve actually been thinking a lot about this memory, particularly after listening to this Super Soul Sunday episode with Oprah and best-selling author, Martha Beck

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The episode was so powerful that I listened to it twice.

It’s about Martha’s new book, The Way of Integrity, and being in alignment with your true self.

During the episode, Martha tells the story of the time she made a commitment to go 365 days – one whole year – without telling a single lie.

Martha shares that this was one of the most transformational experiences of her life.  She gained a lot, but she also lost a lot as well. She explains that living in integrity will “give you everything you could ever need to be happy, but will cost you everything else.” 

Martha’s words caused me to consider the lies, half-truths, or omissions that show up in my life nowadays.

I think about the difficulty I have giving direct feedback to others, the half-truths I use to protect the feelings of those I care about, or the lies I tell myself about my own worth and value.

It caused me to consider what freedoms I might experience if I check in with myself to ensure my words match my true feelings and beliefs. A few questions I’d like to incorporate into my internal dialogue are:

  • Am I giving this person the gift of full honesty about how I feel?
  • How can I respond in a way that is both fully true, but also respectful and kind?
  • What evidence do I have of the internal dialogue going on in my mind?

I actually had two big takeaways from Martha’s interview so I’m going to share the other one next week – which is about the power of stillness. If you want to listen to the episode in the meantime, check it out right here.

As always, I love hearing from you – so if any thoughts or reflections come up for you, I’d love to hear about it!

Warmly,

Rachel

 

 

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel is the CEO & Founder of Motivo, a HIPAA-compliant video platform connecting mental health therapists to the clinical supervision hours needed for licensure. She's also a LMFT, and brings her years of experience as both a therapist and a supervisor to her vision for Motivo. She also is a huge fan of pizza and yoga, in that order.

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