Blog - July 2014
July 15, 2014
"A Mindful Leadership Story by Dr. Joseph Zarge"
Like many adolescent science fiction enthusiasts of the 1970s, I read Frank Herbert's Dune and closely identified with the protagonist, Paul. When faced with a life-threatening situation, Paul would repeat this mantra to calm his mind:
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain... “
Paul’s words have stayed with me throughout my life, especially during challenging situations like my medical training, work as a physician, and athletic endeavors. In these moments, I have learned to focus on calming my mind so I perform to my best potential. Through experience, I know that once panic and fear take over, the likelihood of a good outcome drops considerably.