Mindset

Richness of imagination and power of will

By on September 22nd, 2016

I recently spent some time with my cousin, AV, who is a successful life coach. I was gleaning wisdom from him and his proctor, Bob Proctor. Like I do with most things I come across, I think how it could help the patient population that I have spent all of my professional career treating – patients with spinal conditions.

Proctor says, “We are only limited by weakness of attention and poverty of imagination.” He asks why we allow this limitation? He offers that it is because of our paradigms. A paradigm is a mental program that has almost exclusive control of our habitual behavior (and almost all behavior is habitual). I couldn’t help but think of the paradigm to which so many patients cling: that with age, I will develop back pain and degeneration that will limit my function, and that the MRI changes they see doom them to a life of chronic pain.

To be able to shape your future, you have to be willing to change your paradigm. So to change your paradigm, you need to use your richness of imagination and power of your will.

The author Nepolean Hill states, “The imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force that the world has ever known.” There is really no such thing as a poverty of imagination – we create this for ourselves. Most people use their imagination against themselves. They think bad things are going to happen to them. This is true of chronic back pain patients; they are using the greatest tool against themselves.

I want to offer this to your imagination. The life power that flows through you is very powerful but without any direction. Chances are that with our negative thoughts and feelings, that we have created rotten seeds that we have nourished to an unhealthy fruition. It’s just as easy to reverse this. There is something very special about you and your body’s ability to heal itself. You need to free this ability by having a healthy view of yourself and having the willpower to get yourself there. As someone who has seen thousands of patients with abnormal findings on their MRI or xrays, I can tell you that even with significant abnormalities, you have control over how much that abnormality will affect you. You need to have positive thoughts about your health and act upon it by exercising daily. You will notice miraculous results as I have seen many, many times in my patients and in my own life.

 

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Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D.

Dr. Raiszadeh's completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis and his Pediatric and Adult Spine Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and cervical spine disorders. During this 20 years he has noticed a dramatic increase in patients turning to surgery for treatment of neck and low back pain, but many of them not getting their desired long-term result. He therefore became increasingly interested in improvement and standardization of non-operative treatment. By developing the best aspects of non-operative treatment in an atmosphere of empowerment to maximize the body’s own healing capacity, he noticed that many fewer patients required surgery, and the ones who underwent surgery had much better long term results.