You’ve all heard it, “you get what you focus on”. So if we focus on lack, we look for what we don’t have. This rarely moves us towards what we want.
In health care, we focus on symptoms and while gathering data is important, I believe we need to put this data gathering process into perspective.
Each person is more than a statistical average – there is a person attached to the “symptom”. There may be bigger things at work for this person, which are currently showing up as a problem. This person is unique, has dreams, fears, wishes and wants.
Again, we do not want to focus on the symptom as something wrong or as a problem. Instead, the wise thing to do is to turn it around and use it as a reference point for where things currently stand now.
More importantly, think about the end result that you want. What needs to change to get you there? When will you start to make those changes? How long is it going to take?
This type of scenario doesn’t only occur in health care. It takes place in business, finance, relationships… they all have their own versions and markers or “symptoms” that crop up.
What does the person with the “symptom” need to change in their life so they can focus on a better future (outcome)? What does that person need to do to make it happen in conjunction with their doctor?
As I see it, health is in the “now” – our choices of today create the health of our future.
Symptoms focus on the current and past situations. So a symptom’s only approach is working in the “past”. While valuable as a marker, let’s instead move into what we want and get clear on how we measure the success of those outcomes.
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