OK. This might seem a little out of place. To some of you, it might even seem like one big load of crap. But it’s neither.
The early parts of your training (medical school, internship and residency especially) can feel very forced and directed at times. Go here. Do this. Get that. Well, you can actually take back control of your experience with this one touchy-feely brainstorm exercise.
This is an exercise that a friend of mine who is into psychology and marketing sent to me. And after trying it myself, I initially thought, wow… let me share this with my blog readers and members. Then a little naysayer voice in my head conjured up thoughts of what everyone’s reactions would be. So, I sort of left it for a while. It’s touchy-feely, in a way. It deals with your wants and your fears.
Well, things have come up lately that required me to look back at the results of my previous exercise/brainstorm. And, wow… it’s right on target… providing clarity. So, I decided to share it with you after all. This is the type of thing that would be immensely beneficial if done early in training. But it has to be done sincerely and honestly.
If you know what you want, you can work on the right things. If you’re at all like me, when you’re in the thick of things, sometimes you get caught up in the task at hand and forget the “why”. At some point you stop and say, “Wait a minute. This just isn’t worth my time, my energy, my attention, and certainly not worth me worrying over it.” So you re-evaluate. Not necessarily in some formal sort of way, like this exercise, but you re-think it. Stopping and re-thinking is great… But what if you could “pre-think it”? That would be infinitely better.
Anyway, enough rambling. You’ll either thank me for this or just think I’m a tad weird.
It’s a little long (67 minute video), but if you do the steps, it’s well worth the time spent watching the video and doing the exercise. It takes a minute to load… Here it is: