In a world filled with violence, hatred, and other actions leading to social unrest it becomes more and more difficult to find role models to redirect our mindset, intentions and goals in life. Our brains receive so many conflicting words, ideas and pictures it is no wonder we find ourselves in the middle of turmoil. One of the answers to overcoming this dilemma is to find LEADERSHIP within our society. We are so fortunate to live in a society that offers so many wonderful positions where leadership can be found, yet we have compromised the integrity of these positions over the years. We have doctors, police officers, firemen, military personnel, school teachers and parents. All of these titles create an authoritative leadership role to provide an opportunity to make our country a better place to live. What has gone wrong?
Leadership should encourage people to participate in a process that enhances self confidence and self awareness. It should set a standard that inspires people to follow. It is my opinion that our leadership has failed to provide this image and has failed to inspire. We have become a nation of “words without actions.” There is little to no accountability and therefore little motivation to change. To reverse this situation, we need to identify some specific problems and offer solutions. I will focus the rest of this article on Doctors.
Doctors are supposed to be educators. They are supposed to TEACH their patients how to maintain health and combat disease. To be a leader in the field of health care it requires knowledge and APPLICATION OF PRINCIPLES. When a physician smokes, doesn’t exercise, suffers from weight problems, and eats poorly it becomes less important (in the minds of many patients) to follow the recommendations of this professional. After all, if it was really important to follow these instructions to live a healthy and disease free life wouldn’t the doctor be complying. “Do as I say, not as I do” is not a phrase true leaders profess.
SOLUTION: If a person CHOOSES to become a doctor they should be required to live the lifestyle they claim as necessary to be healthy. If a doctor’s standards become sub par, they should be mandated to attend classes addressing their areas of deficiency. If a doctor is unable or unwilling to turn their lifestyle into one that achieves the standard set by the professional industry, temporary suspensions should be imposed to demonstrate the importance of accountability. This would help prevent doctors from continuing to make the same poor choices in life. It would also give them better insight into understanding the physical and emotional aspects many of their patients go through. This new personal experience and knowledge could be used to help assist their patients by incorporating lifestyle discussions into everyday office visits.
The road we have all been told to follow has resulted in poor health and a heavily medicated population. LEADERSHIP is the first step needed to help guide this country back into a direction of prosperity.