The Successful Thinker The Future Of Healthcare - Page 34

THE ART OF RESILIENCE BY COREY JAHNKE According to Psychology Today Magazine, the ability to cultivate resilience is something that all of us have the capacity for, but few of us every develop the skills to reach beyond our own mental image of our current situation and circumstances. In other words, as we.progress from childhood to adulthood, we develop a story in our mind that dictates who we are and what we believe to be true about the world in which we, and what we are capable of accomplishing. Quantum physics tell us that our view of reality actually shapes our reality. What we think is true about ourselves becomes true even if it was based on a lie. We tell ourselves a given story about our circumstances, and that in fact creates our circumstances. Emotion, rather than fact drives our reality. As health care providers, we like to believe that things are the way they actually are and not as we perceive them to be. We tend to feel that we don't feel and that we are better than average at accurately describing the events of our lives as they unfold. We think that we are great at witnessing our lives and the lives of those around us and making accurate assessments. Isn't that what we get paid to do, assess the facts and make life saving decisions based on those facts? The fact is that facts may not actually be facts at all, and that is when life gets strange. A cardiologist knows the risk factors for coronary artery disease for his patients, but how well does he know the level of risk he himself is facing at any given time?