Embrace the Olympic spirit in your personal pursuitsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/olympic-spirit/MY02169
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"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Embrace the Olympic spirit in your personal pursuits
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
The start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London presents each of us with a wonderful opportunity to see superb athletes from around the world.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
Although we aren't Olympic athletes, we can learn from them and apply the lessons to our somewhat pedestrian lives.
What makes a world-class athlete?
- Clarity of focus. The best never lose sight of the goal. The event is circled on the calendar. As the countdown begins, all activities are directed toward that date.
- Tunnel vision. This means having the courage not to accept an engagement or even respond to an email that doesn't advance the goal.
- Intense commitment. Distractions must be eliminated. That includes cutting back on nonessential obligations. It also means having the discipline to walk away from people who are negative and unsupportive.
This isn't a recipe for a gold medal, but it is good advice for positioning yourself to be the very best that you can be. It all starts with having a goal and visualizing how you will reach it.blog index