The Importance of Communicating Clearly

A few years ago, I needed an MRI.  When I had an allergic reaction to the gadolinium (the MRI dye), a nurse called the doctor on call who gave her a particular directive, which she relayed to the RN treating me.  At this point, before proceeding, the RN asked “Did the doctor say she was ordering this (insert course of action), or did she say that is something we could do once she gets here?”  The other nurse stated it was an order.  Only then did they both proceed to treat my allergic reaction (with an intricate blend of IV steroids and Benadryl which left me both alert and drowsy).

This got me thinking about clear communication.  We see it at work all the time.  Did the doctor say that X needed to be done, or was she/he merely pondering possibilities.  Is this a scenario where if X, then do Y?

Many aspects of our lives involve “If this, then that” scenarios, but outcomes are rarely so predictable.  Our own choices should focus on what we can control (which is our own behaviour), and not much else.  While we can make choices in the moment according to what we want, I would argue that the more fulfilling route is to make a choice based on who you want to be.

By stepping into self-awareness and focusing on who you want to be, you will be content with your actions, no matter the outcome.  The following is a quick checklist for staying in the moment and making choices with which we will be satisfied:

  1. How am I showing up?
  2. Who do I want to be in this moment?
  3. What choice do I want to make (vs. reacting)?
  4. Will I take the time to reflect on how my choice supported my purpose?

In the medical profession, outcomes are a matter of life and death.  In our day-to-day lives, however, it’s often a matter of being aware of your own values, purpose, and priorities.

If you would like to learn more about how to be present in your life, health, and/or career choices, send me a message through the Contact page of this website.  We will respond within 24 hours.

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