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2005: Issue 14

Flashing Lights

Some of you may have noticed the billboard with the flashing red light and stark white letters that read: "If your heart had an emergency light, would it be flashing red?” Clearly designed to cause us to pause and think, are we experiencing symptoms or “warning signs” of heart disease?

Of course, we immediately think about the physical symptoms of a heart attack that many of you review with your patients on a daily basis: Are you having any discomfort in your chest? Shortness of breath? Cold, sweaty skin? Feeling of impending doom? Pain extending down your shoulders, neck, or arms? Uncontrolled anxiety or nervousness?

Often, the patient may be experiencing some of these warning signs, but chooses to say “no” to your questioning, dismissing or discounting them as insignificant. What is it about human behavior, particularly that of health care professionals, that leads us to dismiss our own health for the sake of taking care of others?

I’m guilty, yet in my journey toward greater self awareness and improved self management, I’m working to “re-mind” my thinking, and pay attention to those symptoms. In fact, I am finding that they are not all physical. While I have a few of those, the majority are related to what can be referred to as spiritual heart disease, or what I have come to call Essential Self Disease.

Interestingly, some of the warning signs of Essential Self Disease are similar to cardiac disease – anxiety; nervousness; feeling of heaviness in the chest cavity; feeling of impending doom; lethargy; overall discomfort. As are some of the complications – decreased level of activity; compromised quality of life with the distinct possibility of more heart attacks, stroke, and premature death.

Observation:
We rarely discuss the risk factors, early warning signs, complications, and treatment for Essential Self Disease. Initially invisible, we usually do not even think about this disease until it has spread within us. As a result, Essential Self Disease has become the modern era's new plague.

Assessment:
Complications of Essential Self Disease tend to fall into three categories: acting out, burning out, or freezing out. In fact, one or more of these terms may have been directed at you by your co-workers or family members. Sometimes, those around us are the first to see our warning lights flashing.

Prescription:

1. Identify the “flashing lights” in your life that may be symptoms of Essential Self Disease.
2. Write them down and elaborate your thinking around them.
3. Honestly answer, “are you living your bliss?” If yes, applaud yourself.
4. If no, commit to doing so, and stay with us to learn how to treat Essential Self Disease, and better yet, prevent it!


UPCOMING SPEECH

On August 9, 2005, Janet will be presenting Leveraging the Power of Language for Optimal Results at the Roanoke Valley OB-GYN Society meeting.

UPCOMING TELECLASS

Optimizing your Performance
Join Janet in this 4-week tele-class. If you feel like you are on a treadmill that just won’t stop, and your battery is running low, join Janet is this 4-week tele-class starting September 12 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.  You will learn: 

  • how to create clearer communication
  • how to manage your energy sources, & plug your energy drains
  • how to deal with difficult people

For more information or to sign up, visit www.tiberiusenterprises.com/teleclasses.php


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.  




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.

Listening to your heart is not simple. Finding out who you are is not simple. It takes a lot of hard work and courage to get to know who you are and what you want.
   
- Sue Bender


UPCOMING ISSUES

Issue 15
Between Two Thoughts

Issue 16
A Mercenary Mix