2005: Issue 14
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.
On August 9, 2005, Janet will be presenting Leveraging the
Power of Language for Optimal Results at the Roanoke Valley OB-GYN
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.
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