“Resilience is knowing that YOU are the only one who has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” Mary Holloway “You are way over budget! If you don’t fire two people by Friday, you will be given a written warning, and I WILL!” My hands shook with frustration and anger as I hung up the telephone with Paul, my district manager. I looked out at the line of customers that seemed to go […]
More than 50 % of providers report some degree of emotional, physical, or bureaucratic burnout. The unintended consequences of entering the medical field can be devastating to one’s health, wellness, and circle of influence.
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen “Doctors are such assholes!!” he blurted out after drinking about half of the tallest beer I had ever seen. We were sitting in a lounge at The Yacht And Beach Club at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. I was lost in a daydream fueled by the ambient music and the memories of the day. Our wives had gone […]
The operational definition of irony exists for the provider who loses his cool. Great internal conflict is created whenever we scar the very people we care most about. Unfortunately, life as a human being is a messy business. We can learn how to reinvent ourselves as the calm, collected care giver that we originally set out to become. Anyone, can become a person who manages anger well; even in the face of great adversity and […]
What most providers fail to realize is that they have let circumstances push, shove, or even nudge them off course for what they set out to do in the first place. Obviously, no one got into medicine so that they could get to go to war with the bureaucrats, the drama queens, and the policy storm troopers, but you no longer have to let the villains win. Make no mistake, if you are experiencing provider […]
In the medical profession we always think of high-blood pressure as “the silent killer” but truth be known, it isn’t. High-blood pressure is the result of the real silent killer which is what I like to call “absorption of secondary stress”. What this means is that everyday, all-day we are taking in the stress of the world, insane amounts of bad news, and other people’s drama. In 2008, my life was in a very dark […]