Here is the full transcript of popular physician and medical journalist Andrea Pennington’s TEDx Talk: Become Who You Really Are at TEDxIUM conference. Dr. Andrea Pennington is the Founder and President of Pennington Empowerment Media. To learn more about the speaker, read the full bio here.
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Andrea Pennington – Popular physician and medical journalist
I am obsessed with transformation, specifically how dreams in the head and heart are transformed into physical reality.
For the last two decades, I have reverse-engineered peak performance behavior and hacked motivation to empower people, to transform their lives and their business in honor of their dreams and passions.
So whether it’s starting a new business or relationship to building a better brain or body, how many of you out there feel that you have the potential to do something great in life? All right.
Well, Marianne Williamson once said, “If you feel like you’re wasting your life’s potential, you are.” The truth is you have far more power over your physical well-being and your impact in life than you give yourself credit for.
Now, over the last several years as a documentary filmmaker, I have immersed myself in cultures around the world to see what it takes to really thrive and flourish. What I noticed is, in many cultures like in the Western world, when we set out in life, most of us are programmed to fit into social norms.
In business, we look to the marketplace to compete for better sameness. And when we suffer, physically or emotionally, most of us look outside of ourselves for the cause and the cure.
Now, the shift for me came in my final year of medical school, when I started the study of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. I learned that people could have heart and brain surgery while awake without anesthesia. Women could deliver their babies painlessly, and people could recover from drug addiction and craving with a few tiny, well-placed needles.
I realized there was more to the body and mind than what the American medical system was teaching me. I came to understand that our programmed beliefs about ourselves and our place in the world dictate a large part of our health and happiness as well as our level of success.
Now the challenge is: our concept of self is often inauthentic or weak. To transform what you see on the outside, you’ve got to transform who you are on the inside.
In the next few minutes, I will summarize the soul and science of my work to leave you with three vital keys to unlock your potential for transformation. It’s a simple prescription really, one small shift that can yield big results.
I’ll even tell it to you now: Become who you really are.
When you look yourself in the mirror, past the makeup or blemishes, do you ever sense that there’s more to you than what you see in your reflection? So who are you really?
When asked, “Who are you?”, most people respond with their age, ethnic background, job or position in life. Why? Because we’ve all been programmed. The programming of your self-image and how you describe yourselves to others begins in childhood.
As author and biologist, Bruce Lipton, so passionately explains, during the first six years of our lives, our brains exist in a hypnotic, trance-like state, such that we passively absorb, record and believe the things that are impressed upon us from the outside world.