I know I preach about hard work, but I think the word PASSION is better suited to what I truly mean. I am a passionate person, whether it is staying up late reading papers, studying for exams, running experiments over night, waking up early and working out, or vacationing with family - I go all in. I put hard work into everything I do, and when I preach about hard work, know that what I really mean is passion.
So, I sit here on this afternoon, and instead of forcing productivity or forcing myself to keep moving, I take a moment to stop and reflect. I take a moment to write and review my thoughts. Amidst the hurried pace and the speed of it all, it is important to step back and reflect.
Looking back maybe it wasn’t the smartest decision. Would I do it again if given the chance? Yes. Would I do anything differently? Not at all. I wouldn’t change a thing. I had been studying for 10 days straight. I was about to finish my first semester of medical school and the only thing standing in my way was my anatomy final. I had spent all semester prepping for this moment. I had spent countless hours redrawing pathways from Netter’s. I had spent more late nights in the cadaver lab than I could remember. I had 5 pairs of scrubs that reeked of formaldehyde and I had sacrificed my sleep, my health, and my well-being to prove that I was worthy of being a medical student.
Thinking big is looking in the mirror every single day and honestly asking yourself what is holding you back from completing the next step. You have to first change what you see in the mirror to put yourself on the path towards progress to your dreams.
Every day I run, I have use the time to meditate and reflect on how I can improve as a person. How can I be a better husband, a better brother, a better friend, a better scientist, a better medical student, a better podcast host, etc. Everyday I will report back with what I have learned or discovered. Growing, during a physical challenge, is only as useful as the lessons you learn and the lessons you take away from it. So today...
Although this year has been a crazy ride — with more opportunities and projects than I could image, I have to stop to say thank you to all of my friends and family along the way. I am truly blessed and could not be more honored to have friends and family who care about me and who support me. For anyone who has read one of my posts or articles before, you know I love writing and sharing things. This year was the year I got back into good endurance shape and I also founded a podcast, started to help undergrads and premed students, and I helped with an exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. I pushed myself physically, mentally, and emotionally and also had some humbling experiences along the way.
But how does creativity improve our well-being? Boredom impacts our emotions, our behavior, or cognition, experience, and our physiology. Creativity improves our performance, allows us to make meaningful connections in our work, and improves our opportunities to attain social, emotional, cognitive, and experiential stimulation.
Addressing the mental health issue for medical professionals, to me, is analogous to our view on treating a patient. Do you treat the symptoms of a disease or do you invest your time to find the root cause of the disease?
We are obsessed with fast results. We want what we don’t have and we envy those who have photoshopped bodies or who have the job we want. Everyone talks about “starting tomorrow” or “One day I will…” but the reality is you can keep filling in the blanks because it is never going to happen unless you change one thing. Your MIND.
To most, motivation is but a fleeting moment in time we experience once a day, once a week, or once a month. It is the exception as opposed to the norm. We like to think we are always motivated, but without constant reminders, we realize the never-ending battle to stay motivated is within ourselves. An incessant, internal dialogue, where we try to convince ourselves we are going to be productive, just so three hours later we can mentally shame ourselves for sitting on youtube or Instagram for 2 hours and 45 minutes. We all know this scenario too well.