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2005: Issue 11

The Tortoise and the Hare

One of my favorite topics to speak on is a mere reframe on the version of the HEART of Happiness. Some call it, an “in your face” reframing as I title it the Pace that Kills. A pace that I know all too well, and my experience tells me that I am not alone.

For those of us physicians, it is a pace that was instilled in us during our training. The conversation in the cafeteria centered on how long a shift we were working or had just pulled. We secretly competed with one another to see who endured the most, and we proudly shared our results. Of course, that conventional training has been somewhat tossed aside due to the realization that our human bodies are not made to withstand that pace, day in and day out; yet, so many of us continue on, running the pace that kills.

In previous additions, I introduced the concept of Habit management, and am now speaking of Energy management, recognizing the integration and interdependence of the two for to more effectively manage our energy often means we must undo and redo some of our habits.

The stark reality is that most of us do a pretty lame job of managing our energy. We tend to forget the importance of refueling or replenishing our energy, and focus more on expending, thus often find ourselves “running on empty”, putting just enough fuel in to get us to the next stop.

So I ask, is this optimizing your performance? At work? At home? Although the Hare didn’t win the race, the nap he took along the way, despite the reason, ultimately gave him energy to finish the race. Of course we all know, Slow and Steady (the tortoise) won the race, plodding along at his own pace. Thus, the morale, “Don't brag about your lightning pace, for Slow and Steady won the race!"

Observation:
We have a tendency to master the art of expending energy, believing that as long as we are "doing," we are productive.

Assessment:
We must place our emphasis on energy sources—sleep, diet, positive emotions, and purpose to name a few, for only in balancing our energy sources with our energy expenditures will we optimize our performance.

Prescription:
1. Commit to getting the sleep your body needs to replenish.
2. Be active. Take the stairs. Walk fast. Exercise.
3. Feed your body nutritiously.
4. Go through the next two weeks noticing the amount of re-work or communication problems that are a result of “being exhausted” or “depleted.” I promise you will be amazed.
5. Read The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz.


ABOUT Extra Ordinary Living

Taking their learning from 20+ years in corporate healthcare, Janet Crawford and David Scheiderer, MD formed Extra Ordinary Living, Inc. in 2003 with an intention of helping physicians, other healthcare professionals and their organizations identify possibilities and opportunities, remove obstacles, and ultimately, optimize results.

Usually the first question we are asked, is why Tiberius? Our trivia friends usually can identify the references……yes, Tiberius was the 2nd Roman emperor, and yes, Tiberius is the middle name of James T. Kirk from Star Trek. One of our life mottos and business principles is “to learn from the past, look to the future but live in the present;” thus, Extra Ordinary Living.

As Executive and Professional Coaches, we are trained to listen, to observe and to customize our approach to our client's needs. We provide tools, support, structure and accountability to help our clients unleash their full potential and optimize results. There are so many reasons for physicians in particular to feel disenchanted with their chosen profession, their calling. Having a coach helps them get back in touch with their passion for being a healer.

The best thing about coaching is that it is all about you and what you want. We may share our opinions and give you advice, but it is up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept. We suspend judgment and will support you in your decisions.

As Professional Speakers, our messages are inspirational while imparting useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to help you in your pursuit of authentic happiness, and the enjoyment of deep life experiences.


UPCOMING EVENTS

June 24, 2005
Janet will be speaking at the regional meeting of Medical Staff Services Professionals in Richmond.  Her topic will be Leveraging the Power of Language….for your success and the success of those around you. 




Tiberius Rx ... written by a physician for physicians and those who love them, work with them, or befriend them, and want to enjoy deep life experiences while more effectively pursuing a life of happiness.

“Managing energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.  Performance is grounded in the skillful management of energy.”

Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz,
The Power of Full Engagement


UPCOMING ISSUES

Issue 12
Rising Cost of Energy

Issue 13
Brains, Brawn, Burden or Bore?