Strength of heart
You're the heart of your hospital. Making changes to get fit, eat healthy, and work smart will take courage and resolve, but we know you've got it in you.
Feb 01, 2008
Dr. Smith has neglected her family and health for years in order to fulfill her self-imposed obligations to her profession. Now, at age 47, she finds herself staring at the ceiling of an intensive care unit after suffering a mild heart attack. She vows to turn things around this time. She'll change her diet, exercise regularly, and spend more time relaxing with her family. She'll take control of her schedule and make sure she and her team leave the clinic on time. She'll stop working 60 hours a week and doing paperwork every Sunday morning. She won't carry the guilt imposed on her by clients who demand too much. She says she's ready. It's time to change who she is.
Why is this? Why don't people make changes even when their lives or businesses hang in the balance? We all know why. It's hard.
But I don't feel better
One of the reasons people in the study stopped taking their statin was that they didn't feel anything. You don't feel healthier or stronger on this medication. You don't feel the waxy cholesterol plaque disappearing. You feel fine and decide the tiny pills aren't worth the bother. If you're lucky like President Clinton, in a couple of years you'll be recovering with a six-inch scar to remind you to take your pill. If you're not so lucky, you won't need to worry about taking any pills—ever.
If we won't take a little pill once a day, it goes without saying that other life changes are even harder. We know that 60-hour workweeks, stress-filled days, and an unhealthy diet aren't good for us. The problem is, we continue to let our environment direct us instead of taking control of our environment. We feel powerless and accept that "this is the way things are." But when we abandon the ability to control our lives and work, we stop controlling our destiny.