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Why I love being an "undercover agent"

Why I love being an "undercover agent"

Why I love being an "undercover" agent // The 'secret sauce' for a fulfilling life

One of the best parts of my life is going on dog walks, and having the opportunity to meet dogs and their people ‘incognito’. In fact, the close people in my life know and respect that I don’t want them to disclose that I am a veterinarian, unless I choose to do so.

Being “undercover” gives me a unique opportunity to gain insight into how people think and what they are challenged by. I have learned that dogs lovers are more likely to put their guard up and be less open to suggestions when they talk to a vet.

One of the funniest examples of this is when I completely failed to convince my friends to feed their dog raw food, while it only took the “magazine store lady” one brief conversation from behind the counter. I think we may be genetically programmed to take a solid, well intended advice to learn through our mistakes otherwise life would be too easy!

To support this theory, I would like to refer to an interesting article that divided people into three groups that could also be seen as life stages: 

  1. Those who have goals and dreams but never achieve them, because they don’t understand that achieving dreams is the result of countless trials and errors, falling on our face and getting back up, over and over again. 

  2. The second group of people achieve their goals and dreams, but subconsciously sabotage them. For example, some people keep flipping homes in search of the perfect one, instead of renovating and gradually improving one home. Another example is that of couples who opt for divorcing their loyal, loving, and caring partners, because they are not perfect and do not fit in a Disney style “ fairytale story” they dreamed up. To be fair, we all have a strange propensity to sabotage certain parts of our lives, I do too! We notice this in others, but it is much harder to catch ourselves in the act.

  3. People from the third group are rarely lucky enough to skip the previous two phases. Instead, they have been fortunate to have made it through, and now want to help teach others how to do the same. Unfortunately, they often run into resistance from people who are under the spell of self-sabotage.

From my own experience, I know that making mistakes or being a victim of unfortunate circumstances, is a big part of becoming a stronger, more compassionate, and caring person. 

Knowing what it feels like to suffer often leads to finding life purpose, and a desire for helping others create a purposeful and happy life.

I used hide the life I had created, often downplaying my successes, but also not speaking out about my failures. I did so mainly because I was afraid of peoples' criticism,  jealousy, or I didn't want others to feel bad when life was throwing them curve balls.  What I forgot was that nobody benefited from making myself "smaller."

The fear of being criticized had also a deep effect on the early years of my veterinary career. I saw that many conventional medicine treatment protocols were not working, but I was afraid to say so out loud, out of fear of being criticized. Thinking differently means taking the risk of being ostracized or ridiculed, and we are genetically programmed to want to belong to "the tribe."

Eventually, I put my fear aside and started sharing what I have learned and developed an effective natural healing system that I have been sharing with open minded dog lovers for more than 20 years. I have never looked back. 

A summary of this system is encapsulated in the Health & Longevity Course, which is absolutely free and available now. 

Success in health is no different than success in life. It is about repetition and continual learning in order to achieve reliable, and repeatable, results. Keeping your dog healthy requires focus, courage, open mind and trusting your own judgement.

Today, you have a unique opportunity to receive one part of my free Health & Longevity Course every day for the next 16 days. In this course I share the information and knowledge that I applied to help my patients, and my own dog Pax, be healthy.

Register for the Healthy & Longevity Course now and receive “The Gift of Extra Time” photography and health tip e-book as a bonus gift. 

About the author

Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM is an Integrative veterinarian, nutritionist and creator of natural supplements for dogs and people. Helping you and your dog prevent disease, treat nutritional deficiencies, and enjoy happier, healthier, and longer lives together.

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