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Physician Burnout and the Light-at-the-End-of-the-Tunnel Illusion

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Physician Burnout and the Light-at-the-End-of-the-Tunnel Illusion

"I'm just hoping there is a light at the end of this tunnel"

I know you've heard the little voice in your head say that before. Me too. Happens to all of us from time to time.

These thoughts come up when you are slogging away day after day --  with no visible end to this struggle in sight. You have been going at this issue for a while now, your energy is drained and your inner pessimist comes out. It is extremely common in overwhelmed doctors when you are dancing on the cliff edge of physician burnout.

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I want you to know something very important ...

There Is No Tunnel !
It is an illusion caused by Einstein's Insanity Trap.

As long as you keep doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result ... it will appear you are stuck in a long dark tunnel.  The more you do the same things over and over - the longer and darker the tunnel becomes. Your energy, drive and hope are drained and you wonder whether things will ever get better.

Let me show how this mind trick keeps us all stuck and some specific steps you can take to shatter this Tunnel Illusion and free yourself.

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Tags: einsteins insanity, stop physician burnout, the light at the end of the tunnel

Physician's New ADL's -  Your Activities of Daily Leadership

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Physician's New ADL's -  Your Activities of Daily Leadership

When you are a master of your basic ADL's - life is easier.

When you master the Activities of Daily Leadership - your practice gets easier too.

In this blog post, let me show you a next-level set of tools to stop working so hard, get home sooner and prevent physician burnout. The key is simple leadership skills performed on purpose every day. 

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Every physician I have ever met works too hard.

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Tags: physician leadership, ADLs, Activities of Daily Leadership

Stop Physician Burnout - a Hole in the Sidewalk Shows a Way Out of Einstein's Insanity Trap

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Change is difficult, grinding work for most people - physicians are no exception. This hole in the sidewalk may make it easier for you this week.

Physician burnout is clearly an example where our professional inertia makes change extremely difficult for most doctors.  In this blog post let me show you a different way of looking at change that is likely to make things easier for you. 

I suspect you will get an "AHA" here that can result in a permanent shift in your attitude and ability to make changes in your life. The poem below is that powerful for many people. It all has to do with that big hole in the sidewalk.

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A Quadruple Aim update for the Hippocratic Oath

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A Quadruple Aim update for the Hippocratic Oath

The Declaration of Geneva is the modern successor to the ancient Hippocratic Oath. It was first adopted by the World Medical Association (WMA) at its second General Assembly in 1948.

In the subsequent 70 years there have been only minimal amendments until just two weeks ago - October 14th, 2017 at the WMA General Assembly in Chicago.

For the first time the pledge adds a requirement for doctors to attend to their own health, well-being and abilities in order to provide the best care to our patients.

This language was added:

I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.

This new wording is meant to acknowledge the impact of physician burnout on patient care and be a tangential mention of the Quadruple Aim. But just hold on a second ...

Is this also a form of blaming the victim?

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Tags: quadruple aim, hippocratic oath, declaration of geneva

Quadruple Aim Core Blog Post Library

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Quadruple Aim Core Blog Post Library

The Quadruple Aim states: 

The ability of an organization to offer high quality patient care and patient satisfaction is rooted in the health and wellbeing of the providers of that care
-- the physicians, other providers and all the staff. 

YOUR PEOPLE MATTER TOO. 

Simple, yes? Yet, this is somehow a radical concept in the industry that purports to provide "Health Care". 

It is up to us as physician leaders to harness the simple power of the Quadruple Aim and build a more humane healthcare workplace.

Everyone in the system must be able to honor their calling to serve -- without sacrificing their quality of life and their family relationships in the process.

Here are our key blog posts on the Quadruple Aim.

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Related: 
The Quadruple Aim Physician Leadership Retreat
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Putting Physician Burnout to its Highest and Best Use

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Is there a way that Physician Burnout could be a Good Thing?

The key lies in asking that question to people on the far side of their episode of burnout. When you have survived the downward spiral and come out whole on the other side, do you look back and see it as a positive experience. 

The unexpected answer is always, "Yes".

In this short video let me show you how to put stress, frustration, confusion and physician burnout to its Highest and Best Use. 

Burnout is here for a reason. Let me show you what to do NOW so that years from now you look back at this time as the turning point to a much better reality. 

 
Here's the next lesson:
 
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Stop Physician Burnout - Delegate Your Punch List

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Stop Physician Burnout - Delegate Your Punch List for the shortest path to a better quality of life

You know your Punch List ... right? It is that to-do list of tasks to complete at home. Things like clean the house, mow the lawn, balance the checkbook, fix the door hinge on the closet, find an outfit for the office party next weekend ... etc. etc.

It's that list you scrawl on a spare piece of paper containing all the routine activities of monthly living we each must take responsibility for. It is that list you worry about, fret over and never seem to get through for a simple reason ... you are busy taking care of patients, documentation and all the other activities of being a doctor.

They pile up on the list and proceed to suck you dry on your off days -- when you try to complete as many as possible in your "free time". They take up WAY TOO MUCH of your down time -- your recharge time - your LIFE.

Work is busy enough. Ideally home is relaxing ... NOT just a different flavor of overwhelm.

In this blog post let me show you a way to rapidly restore a sense of balance and control by delegating your punch list to people who are more qualified, are eager to help you and can free you up to grow and maintain a real life outside of work. 

I will show you our Master List of delegatable tasks and a Six Step Plan to Get Started Now. 

Understand one thing -- this is the shortest path to a better quality of life.

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Tags: stop physician burnout, delegate your punch list, punch list

Stop Physician Burnout - Money can buy happiness

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Stop Physician Burnout - New research shows money can by happiness if you spend like this ...

A trio of new studies released this month give us research evidence to answer the age old question, "Can money buy happiness?"

They give us a glimpse into a fundamental relationship between TIME - MONEY and HAPPINESS we can use to our advantage to prevent physician burnout, because ... 

Every study came to the same conclusion

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Tags: stop physician burnout, money can buy happiness

Stop Physician Burnout: Dealing Effectively with Negative Emotions

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Stop Physician Burnout: Dealing Effectively with Negative Emotions

Like the layers of an onion, physician burnout is often wrapped in layers of negative emotions. In this post, let me show you a simple technique - it only takes 15 seconds - to release negative emotions as they arise and become the authentic eye of the storm in your practice day.

Peeling back the layers of the onion of bad feelings

If you find yourself overwhelmed, exhausted and out of balance with your practice -- after all your years of training and hard work, and this isn't anything like what you dreamed of back in the day ... well that recognition just feels bad.

And then you notice that the fact you feel bad about your career - well that feels bad too. 

[Related: Become the Eye of the Storm in your Practice Day]

Many physicians then begin to wonder about the source of this distressing situation. The little voice in your head might kick in by whispering:

What's wrong with you? You are a successful doctor. You have nothing to complain about. You can take this. Quit whining and get back to work. Your patients come first, dang it.

And if you do begin to take better care of yourself -- start creating a little bit of life balance and building some recharge activities into your week -- a different negative emotion often comes knocking at the door of your awareness ... GUILT.

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Tags: Physician burnout, mindfulness, release negative emotions

Physician Heal Thyself - NOT - do these things instead

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"Physician heal thyself "
Luke 4:23

This bible quote is the single most inappropriate phrase uttered in any conversation about physician burnout.

  Often it masquerades as a witty comeback when blaming a physician for being a human being.

IMHO, these three words are not applicable to anything about the causes or prevention of physician burnout.

To look a suffering doctor in the eye and harummph "physician heal thyself" is the apex of hypocrisy - especially if the speaker is not a doctor - and it needs to stop now. 

In this blog post let me show you why this meme is completely off the mark -- and five actions you can take that will actually prevent physician burnout -- much more effectively than any attempt at physician heal thyself - whatever the heck that is supposed to mean. 

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Tags: stop physician burnout, physician heal thyself

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