The Clinician's Corner

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

How do we become a great clinician?

As clinicians we must be able to initially meet clients where they are as opposed to where we want them to be. To do this, we first must be able to meet ourselves where we are. To successfully lead others, we need to start with ourselves. No amount of self-help can replace a lack of self-acceptance and self-love. The door to self-awareness opens to the inside.

Cuoreosity reflects the “heArt of Being” a clinician. It is the quality of being as opposed to the quantity of doing. Being a clinician as opposed to a technician. Heartfulness. The confluence of knowing and growing ourselves. The confluence of evidence, clinical skill, care, and communication. The confluence of art and science. The confluence of two experiences. The confluence of me and we. The confluence of two stories merging into one.

Being a great clinician is a habit.

We do not rise to the level of our goals; we fall to the level of our systems. Our habits become our system. It can be argued that we create our habits and then our habits create us.

Do you have a system of habits that attract Being a great clinician?

Our hands won’t do what the heart can’t feel, and the head doesn’t understand.

As clinicians we grow our head, our heart, and our hands. We must learn to recognize our blind spots, our beliefs, our triggers, our emotions, and our own personality. Knowing our passions and what takes us into flow. Growth is reflecting on the difficulties and the hardships and embracing the lessons that they taught us. Growth is staying current with the evidence and best practice of our craft. Growth is mastering our competency clinically and contextually. Growing our treatment skills. Growing our people skills. Growing our empathy. Connecting. Creating meaning. Leaning into deeper conversations and making a difference to the lives of those who put their trust into our care. Growing our healing skills. We are in the people business. We are hope dealers. Growth never only occurs from 9–5 or on weekdays alone. Growth is a choice. Growth is a journey as we travel towards the highest possible expression of ourselves in widening circles.

GRIT is the combination of the deep passion of knowing what we want and the perseverance of the effort to attain it. Grit is born from a growth mindset, resilience, intentionality, and transformation. These four themes lead to deliberate practice. They nurture success. Talent and intelligence alone do not predict success. Grit is the secret to success.

The heart of Being a Clinician is a deliberate practice of growth, resilience, intentionality, and transformation. These four attributes make up my acronym for GRIT.

A good clinician tells.
A great clinician engages.

A good clinician informs people
A great clinician moves people

A good clinician chronicles events
A great clinician invests people in the outcome

A good clinician changes how we think
A great clinician changes how we feel and what we do

The great clinicians are Present.

The heart of Being a great clinician is a Practice of Presence.

Join me here to learn how to create the habits and the system of Being of a great clinician!

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