We live in a world that has changed dramatically during the last half of the 20th century and the first part of the 21st century. The economy, politics and government, religion, health care, science, sports, entertainment, and global affairs are just a few of the groups that have altered their ideas and values as the world has changed. We now are ingrained, maybe even to the point of obsessed, with winning and striving to do and be our best, much more so than our ancestors were. Obsession sometimes denotes a bad trait, but it can be a good thing when taken in the correct and positive perspective. As Neurodiagnostic professionals we should embrace the idea of becoming our best, not only in our profession, but also in our family and social life as well. We owe this not only to ourselves, but also to the patients and families we see and the physicians and allied health personnel that we interact with each day. Striving to become the best is not easy. The way is fraught with hardships and innate fears that, if succumbed to, will hinder and limit us as we move forward to being and doing our best. Overcoming those fears, and perhaps using them to our advantage, is essential to our journey.
Along the way certain character traits such as self-discipline, sacrifice, integrity, confidence, loyalty, etc. will aid us in achieving our goals. Many other qualities, skills, and concepts may also help us define our goals and dreams as it applies to ourselves first and foremost and then to our career as a Neurodiagnostic professional. To me they go hand in hand. A better person equals a better employee equals a better technologist. Nothing less than being and doing our best should be our ultimate goal. Our profession deserves it.
Author: Jerry Morris, R.NCS.T., CNCT, FASET, MS