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2005: Issue 5

TRIAL AND (T)ERROR

"Space…the final frontier.…To explore strange new worlds…to seek out new life, new civilizations…to boldly go where no man has gone before."

- James T. Kirk, Captain. Starship Enterprise: NCC-1701C

As with so many journey-as-metaphor-for-life examples, the above words of Captain Kirk aptly capture the essence of the true final frontier: inner space, sacred space, and our innermost selves. The erudite Joseph Campbell noted that mythology helps us understand how typical human situations have been handled since time immemorial. To guide him through the depths of the Inferno, Dante leaned on Virgil. When trying to bring order and justice to a fragmented and chaotic England, King Arthur sought guidance from Merlin. And, during his long absence from home, Odysseus entrusted the care of his young son Telemechus to a wise old friend named Mentor (the obvious source of our modern word mentor). But to whom do we modern day sojourners turn?

To be sure, for a few of the luckiest among us, life and experience provide enough support, mentoring, nurturance, counseling, and lessons to get by. But for many, dare we say most, something more is needed. Enter the coach.

The role of the coach is precisely that of the wise old man of myths and fairy tales whose words assist the hero through trials and terrors of arduous adventures. The coach is the one who appears and points to the shining sword that the hero will use to slay the dragon-terror, who speaks of the waiting consort and castle of many treasures, who applies healing balm to the hero's near fatal wounds, and who, ultimately, dismisses the hero back into the world of every day life to continue the great adventure of self-discovery.

Observation:
In the absence of an effective generalized mythology, each of us has his own private, unrecognized, rudimentary, yet secretly potent pantheon of dream.

Assessment:
We desire meaningful lives and many of us are starting to realize that we can make many of our once abandoned dreams and goals come to fruition by investing in the personal growth necessary to transform aspirations into reality. We need to take back the power that we have given away.

Prescription:
1. Find a coach. Professional coaching is one of the services we provide at Tiberius, and would be glad to work with you. Or you may have a truly trusted friend, colleague or mentor who is able to suspend his agenda and desires for you so that yours can come through.

2. Find time for you, every day. Even if it is just 5 minutes, find the time to be just with you and about you. This is when you create the mental space for your dreams to become visible.

3. Write, journal. Somewhat like the aspirin a day that many of us tell our patients to do but don’t do ourselves… when you do finally put your thoughts on paper, you will see how amazingly powerful it is—finding clarity, identifying golden threads, and in helping you let go of how it was suppose to be.


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 clients 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 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

March 15, 2005
Janet will speak at the Roanoke Medical Group Management meeting on Managing Energy for Optimal Performance. For more information, click here, www.rrmgma.org.

April 11, 2005
David and Janet will be the headline presenters at the Virginia Medical Group Management Association’s spring conference. Come hear David speak on the HEART of Happiness and Janet on The HEART of Leadership. For more information, click here, www.vmgma.org.

April 8, 2005
David will be presenting The Pace that Kills to participants attending the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses annual conference. For more information, click here, www.ispn-psych.org.




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.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

- Joseph Campbell


UPCOMING ISSUES

Issue 6
Paradise Lost (Again)

Issue 7
What's Your Story?