What Does Personal Transformation Really Mean?—Part 2

by Doc Orman, M.D.

This week, I am exploring what the term “personal transformation” actually means—or what I believe it means. 

Not all types of personal change should be referred to as transformation.  Those that do deserve this designation have to meet certain criteria.

The Birth Of A Physician

For example, when I entered medical school many years ago, I had no idea how to function as a physician.  At that time, If you had put a sick person in front of me, I would have had no idea what was happening to them and even less about how to help them.  Who I was at that time was a college graduate.  I knew how to study, how to take tests, how to party, how to play cards, and how to get into trouble.  But knew nothing about how to function as a doctor.

Fast forward four years later and I had now graduated from medical school.  I had immersed myself in a deeply transformative process (medical school) that was designed to change both my body and my mind profoundly.  I had thousands of new distinctions and experiences that I never had before.  And because of these new attributes, I could see things and do things most other people (non-doctors) are not able to do.

And because I was now transformed, I saw the world of health and illness very differently.  And let me tell you something, once you become transformed and see the world through the eyes of a physician, you can never go back and not see the world that way.  You can never return to your naive, original state. I’m sure the same is true for any other profession or occupation.  Once you see the world more clearly—the way it really is—you can never go back to seeing it incorrectly.  You may go on to add additional new insights and understandings, but once a true transformation has occurred, you never go back to seeing the world as you previously did.

Warning: You Will Never Be The Same

As I pointed out in an earlier post on this blog (Dec, 2011), you can tell a true transformation by its unmistakable footprints:

  1. The way you view yourself and the world is changed profoundly.
  2. This change is almost always for the better.  In other words, it allows you to accomplish things, or feel better, or solve problems that have limited you for years.
  3. Once a transformational change occurs, it lasts forever.  In other words, you never go back to seeing the world or thinking about the world in the ways you previously did before the transformation occurred.
  4. In short, you don’t just gain some new information.  Who you are as a human being is changed for the better—permanently! 

This hallmark of true transformation is that once it happens, you never go back to your old ways of thinking or being.  The primary reason for this is that your new way of looking at things brings you so much joy, happiness, success, and other meaningful benefits that you wouldn’t trade it for anything (except perhaps an even better way for looking at and understanding life).

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Pamina February 27, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Yes Mort – so clearly explained as always! And that is the beauty of the transformational process – you CAN’T go back once you’ve “crossed that bridge”….


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