Physicians: It Is Time To Take Back Your Vacation balance lifestyle Mar 23, 2022

 



While coaching a physician recently, we started talking about his upcoming vacation.  He and his wife had planned a two-week trip to the South Pacific, and it sounded incredible.  As he spoke about his break, he talked about all of the thoughts coming up for him about his...

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Finding The Gifts While Navigating Difficult Relationships balance coaching lifestyle Mar 16, 2022

 

 

 

“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”
―Ruth E. Renkel

 

 

It is incredible to look back at your life and recognize the critical moments that lead you to become the unique human being you are today.  Many people,...

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The Undeniable Burden Of Shame balance lifestyle Mar 09, 2022

 

  

In her book, I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t), Brené Brown takes the time to distinguish the difference between guilt and shame.  Guilt is: “I did something bad.” Shame is: “I am bad.” The difference is subtle but...

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The Gift Of Coaching coaching Mar 02, 2022

 


I never saw myself as an athlete.  Little league was an indisputable disaster, and my confidence was shaken.  I did have a barbell and a bench and started lifting weights as a teenager.  It wasn’t a regular hobby, but I enjoyed it.  The weight lifting class in...

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Capacity For Change goals lifestyle Feb 23, 2022

 

 

“Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

–Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart



Before physician coaching, I did not believe that I had the capacity for change.  I would dare say that I had a relatively dismal opinion of anyone’s ability to...

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Dismantling The Critic balance Feb 16, 2022

 

 

What is this self inside us, this silent observer,

Severe and speechless critic , who can terrorize us

And urge us on to futile activity

And in the end, judge us still more severely

For the errors into which his own reproaches drove us?

--T. S. Eliot, The Elder Statesman

 

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More Than Surface Pressure balance lifestyle Feb 09, 2022

 

 

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
―William James
 

 

 

If your house is anything like mine, you’ve probably seen the hit Disney film Encanto more than a few times.  And while everyone...

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There Is Not Better Than Here balance goals lifestyle Feb 02, 2022

 

 

 “There” is no better than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here,” you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.” 

― Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the...

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Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself balance lifestyle Jan 26, 2022

 

 

The first time I heard the phrase “shoulding all over yourself,” I laughed.  As a gastroenterologist, I have a particular affinity for poop jokes.  It might not be obvious when you read the phrase, but say it out loud, and you will hear it.  I think...

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Balance Doesn’t Mean That Everything Is Equal balance goals lifestyle Jan 19, 2022

 

 

One of the biggest struggles of my adult life has been the elusive idea of work-life balance.  It seems like a simple concept.  First, determine your priorities.  Then, live your life aligned with those priorities.  Easy peasy.  But somehow, every time I...

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Unspeakable Joy balance lifestyle Jan 05, 2022

 

Foreboding Joy.  I didn’t make it up.  In fact, I had never even heard of foreboding joy.  I had also never heard of Brené Brown, the author of Daring Greatly, where I was first introduced to the idea of foreboding joy.  If you haven’t read ...

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Negative Thoughts Are Holding You Back balance lifestyle Dec 29, 2021

 

 

I wanted to write about the power of positive thinking.  I wanted to tell you that having good thoughts can serve you.  I wanted to start by quoting Roald Dahl: "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely."...

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