This week, instead of giving you information, I want to ask you a question.
What inspires you?
What moved me to write this week about being inspired was an article I read recently about a college basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski (I will never complain about spelling my maiden name again LOL). He goes by “Coach K”.
Coach K has been running the Duke basketball program for over 35 years (only one other coach has spent more time at a single school), he has led the team to five championships (second only to John Wooden), and has led USA Basketball to two Olympic gold medals.
What inspired me about Coach K was reading about what he calls the “emotional environment” that is created among the team. In his program, he calls it the “horizontal totem pole”, where “everyone is important and everyone’s status is significant.”
This is how I feel as a doctor with my patients.
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Dr. Christiane Northrup says, “I have the body of knowledge but you have the knowledge of your body.”
I am not bossy as a doctor – if someone is looking for an authoritative (as in dictatorial) doctor who will tell them what to do, then I am not their girl.
I’m here to be in partnership with my patients – a partner in helping people achieve and maintain feeling their best.
When Coach K was asked for his advice on being a leader, he recommends two habits: “Get to know those you’re leading and learn to communicate in a way they can understand.”
I think all doctors should follow this advice.
I am inspired by a lot of things – my family, my friends, being out in nature.
And I am inspired by the people who trust me to be their doctor.
Please share with me below in the Comments section what inspires you!