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Jan 22, 2018

Jason Brooks PhD is a performance coach helping health care providers, athletes, and other high level performers live better, work better, and be better. In this episode Jason gives his strategies and tactics on myriad topics including: three techniques for stress inoculation, improving test taking, the unseen costs of hiding ignorance, and what habits are common among high level performers.


Episode Contents

  • A look back at ERCast episode one on Rectal Foreign Bodies
  • Jason's work with physicians through Phenomenal Docs
  • You can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf - Jon Kabat Zinn
  • Who consults a performance coach? Those who are stuck and want to become unstuck. Those who are excelling and want to excel at an even higher level. These forces can exist simultaneously in the same person
  • What's easier to accomplish? Moving from a perception of low-level performance or getting to a higher level of excellence?
  • Answering the question, "Why is this happening to me?"
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek Book TED Talk
  • Having an internal yardstick to gauge how decisions align with your values
  • Making time for periodic reflection
  • The importance of adversity
  • It's not what we do that causes burnout, it's losing sight of why we do it
  • Common habits of top performers that transcend a particular career
  • Humility is a common attribute in high level and respected performers driven to be the best I can be, but I don't have all the answers
  • Expectations of a master physician to learners: make me better by contributing to my knowledge base, and I expect you let me know if you think I'm making a mistake
  • Shedding the fear of exposing ignorance. What is the real cost of not exposing ignorance? Leaving knowledge on the table
  • Three techniques for stress inoculation
  • Practice through visualization
  • Breathing techniques to trigger parasympathetic response and mitigate sympathetic fight/flight/flee
  • Using a trigger word to de-escalate stress (mine is "level down")
  • Improving test taking performance
  • How an Olympic archer recalibrates after missing a shot
  • Connect with Jason: Facebook, Twitter, email doctorjbro at gmail dot com