Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…
This week on the Mini-Podcast we are talking about visualization, which is the mental process of focusing on an outcome or successful completion, of a series of tasks. It's a mental practice that you can apply before taking action or doing an activity, and can be applied for positive change and performance improvement. Studies have shown that people who visualize ahead of time, are more able to adapt if things don't go to plan.
How do you apply Visualization?
By doing the following:
Visualize the whole activity, to look at the hazards, approaches and expectations
Anticipate the hazards, approaches and expectations and reinforce the end-goal
Let the last thoughts be positive
Most importantly, start by visualizing the simple steps as you want them to occur and commit to doing this a few times this week!
Visualization is a perfect example of how surgeons can improve their effectiveness inside and outside of the OR.