LEADING BY EXAMPLE

Breaking freeIn 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.

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34 comments

  1. Where have all our heroes gone? A thought provoking post. I grew up in a time when we look toward athletes, actors, and politicians for inspiration. After decades of scandal and fallen heroes, people don’t know where to turn. I always tried to set an example for my daughter. And I always tried to teach her to admire firemen, teachers, our soldiers, and other professionals. Sadly, it is getting more difficult to find good examples in or society. A great post.

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    1. I wonder if our search should be shifted from external sources to internal ones. I wonder if we accepted more responsibility for our actions and decisions our need to search might end. Becoming a LEADER in our own world, within our own families might be a good place to start. Seeking sources to strengthen our own convictions and willing to take action might become the end result of this approach. As a society we would have a chance to grow and develop together rather than compete and attempt to out do one another. Uniting a society is more likely to develop LEADERSHIP than following our divisive path.

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      1. Well said. Becoming a leader in our own world is the perfect place to start. Thus your title was perfect. Leading by example. This world has become too competitive and divisive. Perhaps we as parents can foster this much needed change. Have a wonderful day. Looking forward to your next post.

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  2. Two words: Term limits!

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    1. I support your run and stand by your two term convictions. Where can I cast my vote?

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  3. The world needs more leaders, more smart and efficient leaders. It can be you, me or anyone else. It is definitely worth a shot.
    Inspiring post!

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    1. I agree with you. I think each person has the ability to offer some form of leadership in some area of life that can benefit and motivate others to stand up as well. Thank you so much for your contribution to this dialogue.

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  4. Accountability for their own lifestyles.
    I like it.

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    1. It’s too easy to “let things be” without it!

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  5. You’re so right, Jonathan. I love the strength and conviction in your words. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Kelly. People have so much to offer this world. Sometimes we simply need to gently pry them a little so they can discover for themselves the gifts they offer this world.

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      1. Absolutely agree. Hope you have a good weekend!

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  6. I am inspired by everyday heroes and leaders. People who have walked through extreme adverse conditions and still wake up each morning and have a positive outlook on life. This always takes courage. You are right, we each have this ability within us. Good reminder.

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    1. We share a similar view on leaders. I hope people realize that each of us has the capability to demonstrate qualities of leadership on any given day. We just need to inspire 1 person to start the process.

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  7. Now that is a great idea. I hate being told to lose weight when the dr could stand to lose some himself. Good point.

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    1. Glad you like the concept. BTW- the new picture looks fantastic.

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      1. Thank you! My bangs were too short in the last one.

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  8. “Do as I say, not as I do” is not a phrase true leaders profess. I couldn’t agree more! I’m most impressed with your healthy lifestyle and positive attitude — they show through in every post. What a wonderful role model you are!!

    I also love the * being positive in a negative situation * quote. I may get a tattoo of that! I’m kidding, but I do love the quote 🙂

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    1. Just attempting to counter balance the information thrown at us on a daily basis that drains the energy out of most people. This really is a good place with unbelievable opportunities. Finding and working toward achieving them becomes the challenge; a challenge worth pursuing!

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  9. Boy do I miss Ronald Reagan…

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  10. Remembering those we believe provided the examples of leadership should help us find NEW LEADERS with the same qualities. They exist; we just need to find them and emulate them!

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  11. Inspiration from within will enable you to lead by example. It has to come from a feeling of self belief and inner happiness. This can only be achieved by shunning false heroes and gods especially the celebrity culture. Also once you have found your own comfort zone – others will follow – you don’t even need to seek to lead.

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    1. I agree Guru. A true leader does not have to stand before a group and asked to be followed; a true leader speaks through integrity, honesty, strength and actions that people gravitate toward. It becomes the inevitable outcome rather than a self imposed calling.
      Nice to see you again. Hope you are well and winning my challenge to you.

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      1. The post challenge challenge is coming on well. I have maintained my cycling and weight – so far. Have entered a few sportives and hopefully try and tackle Mont Ventoux next year!

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        1. Glad to see you are doing so well. I’m proud to see your “staying the course.” This is what helps inspire other readers. Stay healthy and happy my friend.

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  12. Interesting. Having watched my dad go through medical school and run his medical practice, I can say some poor health is the result of circumstances. He eats well and exercises like an Olympian, but sleep is rarely a choice. When work calls, he goes.

    In terms of health care, I think we need a more comprehensive approach. Medical doctors know medicine because that’s their area of expertise, but they aren’t always knowledgable about health as a whole.

    We need some kind of system that combines all areas of health expertise to give people a more complete picture of their health and better choices, rather than just medicinal choices. I would like to see that more than I would like to see punishing doctors who aren’t experts outside their medical field.

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    1. I appreciate your thoughtful comment and agree with the integration of professionals to provide a more comprehensive approach to health. The solution suggested was intended to provide incentive (not punishment) to doctors (medical, osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, etc…) to practice and develop healthy lifestyles. There is a lack of credibility regarding recommendations when the attending physician clearly follows a lifestyle contradictory to the one he or she advises to the patient. I’m not looking to create perfection or “stepford” doctors. It just seems counterproductive to become a professional in the healthcare field and disregard the tenets relating to the basics of healthy living. Our job is to help educate the patient on important lifestyle changes to PREVENT various diseases which are currently on the rise. If we don’t live the part, what type of role models are we?

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  13. with the recent attack in Paris: I say…your post is just what we need indeed….

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. It’s interesting, but I believe the greatest amount of time and effort should be spent during periods of peace and good health. We have a tendency to wait until problems become “visible” before creating courses of action. Whether its worldly issues or personal health, ongoing commitment and energy expenditures should be practiced regularly. This would reduce the “explosive” forces experienced from problems unresolved and ignored. Addressing these ROOT PROBLEMS would prevent them from elevating to the dangerous levels we currently face. The question becomes, “will we ever learn from these experiences or is our destiny to repeat the same mistakes over and over again?” Real leadership can change the course!

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      1. very well said..you just made me see things (politics…leadership…) clearly…national election is nearing in our country and your post is very informative…thanks a lot for always coming up with such a brilliant idea.

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  14. Somebody is a great sculptor.

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    1. You probably guessed it’s my part time job. 😀 I have difficulty creating stick figures. There is amazing talent in this world if we open our eyes and seek it out. It would certainly produce a happier and healthier outcome than focusing on current media attention.

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