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Embrace Your Tiger

April 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

I'm really a very timid person.

Please don't guffaw; it'll startle me. Recently in Miami, recently before about 2000 Emergency Nurses, I looked collected and poised. You see, I have no problems with a 1:2000 dilution- it's the 1:1 strength that threatens me.

I hate confrontation and controversy. Perhaps you do too. But it's time for a change - it's time that we learn to embrace the tiger.

Why now? We're in the natural month for action. "March" connotes moving forward into spring, leaving the harsh winter behind. Mark you calendar for next year- March fourth is a natural day for people to forgive themselves for not action on New Year resolutions and move forward into another chance. March is an opportunity. To move forward on self care. Move forward in your career.

This March I am working on my timidity, largely a matter of not wishing to confront and to let others know that they have fallen short in my eyes. I would much rather praise, even when undeserved. I consider it one of my charming flaws- it's a nice social skill, but not befitting my status as a leader. A leader leads. A leader causes others to grow.

But I'm not alone. Many shy away from confrontation. Where do you have issues that you avoid? Do you tell it your colleagues or boss what you want to or need? What level of teamwork you expect? What are you failing to acknowledge on the home front, or on a personal level? Do you simply hope that if you avoid it, it will change or go away? As Dr Phil would say, "And how has that been working out for you?"

We must learn to embrace the tiger. In martial arts, 'embracing the tiger' means to not allow yourself to be intimidated. Rather than recoil in fear from an adversary, whether internal or flesh and blood, rush at them. Leap headlong into your qualms and grasp them to you with glee. Terrifying, but exhilarating. Like bungee jumping into your fears.

Choose this month to embrace the tiger. As a guideline for the timid, here's my March recipe for confrontation.

1. Sit down with your "opponent" in a quiet space.

2. Tell them what you perceive.

3. List the facts that led to this conclusion.

4. Honestly ask to be shown where you are wrong.

5. Listen.

Recently I was gifted with a fragrance sample. Such is the power of marketing that I would wear it even if it smelled like a landfill. Why? Because it's what I want to become. The name? "Bodacious".

Choose to embrace your tiger, even a tiny tiger, today. Honor March, and be bodacious in your life. Live large; your self esteem will soar.

Humorous medical motivational speaker Patricia Raymond MD resuscitates the joy in medicine and guides physicians and nurses to learn to play nicely in our shared medical sandbox. Author of Don't Jettison Medicine: Resuscitate Your Passion for the Career You Loved, Dr. Raymond is the right remedy to make your hospital healthy. Book Dr. Raymond for your next hospital event or medical convention; get information at 'Like' Dr. Raymond on Facebook at, and follow her funny health tweets @PatriciaRaymond

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