Coach MD…What’s Next?
By Charles F. Glassman, MD – CoachMD
One year ago, I started a Facebook page called Coach MD. Like many others, I have a personal Facebook page, but this was something new, a Fan Page. So why do this?
In what I initially intended to be my last chapter in Brain Drain, I wrote about Daily Magic. That’s the numerous unexpected “coincidences” that happen each day. What would happen, though, if you sat home every day? Do you think your chance for miracles would go up, or down? In a way, my purpose for starting a fan page was two-fold. First, since it would not greatly detract from my ability to care for my current patients, I felt Facebook might let me add a slightly different spin on health and wellness to my service as a physician. And by doing so, I believed I would increase my chances of revealing more daily magic. And that it has.
Since, May 3, 2011, the birth date of Coach MD on Facebook, I have gained more than 13,500 followers, and it’s still growing. This is magical in and of itself. But the real magic and the magic of Facebook is that I am connecting with people from all over the country and all over the world. The more I interact with my readers, the more I am convinced that we all share the same basic challenges.
Money, health, and relationships certainly top the list. Our primitive (automatic brain) nature grabs onto these areas as our contemporary dangers; and while they could be sources of great triumph and joy, they end up becoming sources of great torment. The way I see it, our brain processes money concerns as a potential danger, as they relate to the ability to acquire food, clothing, and shelter—the basic necessities for safety. Our primitive brain grabs onto health for obvious reasons: If health wanes, so too does our ability to survive. Our automatic brain processes relationships as a source of potential danger because it fears the potential of lost love leading to the danger of losing protection.
What I have learned in more than 20 years of medical practice, looking into myself, and now interacting with thousands of people through Facebook, is that all the talk, philosophy, and psychology may help increase our understanding of concepts but doesn’t make dealing with these basic challenges any easier. Indeed, it can make that health issue really a source of danger. What works is taking action, moving in the direction of our strengths. I find my role is to create practical insight and exercises that do not speak in generalities, but get to the core of what is holding someone back. I believe I do that, to some extent, in my book Brain Drain, but there’s always more that can be done.
To this end, I will be developing further materials that focus on these challenges. In a month or so, I will have the first of these available, for free, to people on my email list. Let people know they can sign up for my emails on my website or Facebook page. I am confident that my work will help you deal with any challenges you might have and perhaps make your life healthier and more fulfilled.
He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Brain Drain, which helps explain and fix self-sabotage. It is the winner of the 2011 Independent Publisher's Award and 2011 Eric Hoffer Award as the best Self-Help and Health book, 2010 Pinnacle Book Award for best Self-Help Book, and 2009 LA Book Festival Best Spirituality Book.
To new subscribers on his website, he is now offering his free, new EBook, Destiny Diet. Weekly, Dr. Glassman hosts Medicine on the Cutting Edge, which gives a voice to pioneers in medical research and development. Dr. Glassman lives with his family in Rockland County, NY.
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