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On the last track we discussed how to beat cancer. The steps were confront fears, take charge, know options, and fight back.
On this track we will discuss taking charge. I use four steps in my practice to help clients take charge. The four steps to taking charge are defining the team leader, avoiding the surrender of leadership, using visualization to take chare, and evaluation and substitution. As you listen to this track, consider your client. How might taking charge improve how he or she copes with cancer?
4 Steps to Taking Charge
1. Defining the Team Leader
2. Avoiding the Surrender of Leadership
I stated to Eric, "See yourself as the manager of a baseball team. Now imagine yourself with the task of getting well. You’ll want to start with a strong pitcher. We can use that as an analogy for your doctor. Then you’ll need other team members, like a catcher, infielders, and outfielders. Equate these with specialists, technicians, family, friends, and support groups. As the manager, it is your responsibility to choose the team on the field."
Like Eric, taking charge can be a big hurdle to many clients. Would you agree that taking charge is a learned attitude? As you know, traditionally, consumers play a passive role in the health care system, going along with whatever doctors and hospitals recommend. Eric stated, "We’re encouraged to consent to rather than challenge recommendations." Clearly, this attitude will not work if your client is to be the leader of his medical care team. How might you’re client decide to take charge?
4. Evaluation and Substitution
On this track we have discussed taking charge. I use four steps in my practice to help clients take charge. The four steps to taking charge are defining the team leader, avoiding the surrender of leadership, using visualization to take chare, and evaluation and substitution.
On the next track we will discuss re-forming negative emotions. Three methods used to re-form negative emotions are determine if the emotion is realistic and appropriate, limit the duration of the unpleasant emotion, and control the intensity of the unpleasant emotion.
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