The Olympics for the Rest of Us

This was a note written earlier by one of the members of our healthcare team. His passionate words do a great job of summarizing the way we feel about our work. We are one team, with one dream. To be the best for YOU and everyone else in the medical field!

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For Jenni, Ryan, Jane, Steve, Shannon, Sherry, Ashley, Lindsay, and the others working closely with me on our team.  This “little” note is for you.  You are my fellow Olympians, you are my team!  

This afternoon as I watched the Winter Olympics on TV with my wife and kids, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of sadness or a bit of jealousy about the Olympians’ chance to compete to be the best in the world at what they do. As an athlete in the 80’s, I still remember the thrill of getting ready for the big game and thinking of what that would mean to lose…or more importantly what it would mean to win.

It was a real gut check!

Before games, I would always remember all the hard work that went into training and practicing with the team. Hours and hours would be spent repeating the same drills over, and over, and over again. Muscles burning, sweat pouring down, out of breath…was it worth it?

Well, after a losing effort that same hard work I just mentioned above made a loss even harder and more painful to deal with. BUT, in that moment in time when you win, when the clock hits 00:00 when you’ve got more points, or the when you cross the finish line in first, OH HOW GREAT THAT FEELS!!

Yes, and in that moment of victory, it is the hard work that makes it even sweeter!

However, just like many of us, I am now too old to compete at that level. The stadium lights have dimmed. Echoes of the final buzzer have long since faded and my fellow athletes and I have all retired and join the ranks of fans that once cheered them on to victory.

So it is, that as I watched these Olympians giving their all, many of them for the last time, I felt a little jealous of their chance to work hard to be the best at what they do.

But that’s not it…

As the afternoon continued on, a new idea hit me over the head. Maybe I do actually find myself on a new team. The Clear Medical Solutions team!

Years after I ran my last drill, had my final team practice, and wore that uniform for the last time; I am once again part of a team that is competing at the highest levels to be the very best at what they do.

Yeah, I know it might sound a little crazy.  After all, who really believes that work can be as great as the sports of our youth, or even close to the Olympics? 

But as I gave this crazy idea more thought, I was able to make the connection.

Just like those Olympians who train day in and day out for week and weeks, for years and years, I too get up every morning and work all day (and sometimes evenings too) with an amazing team filled with leaders, nurses, consultants, therapists, staff members, super agents, and all kinds of other great medical people. All focused on one thing.

Being the best we can be.

And just like those athletes, we make mistakes and get exhausted during training. Also, there are injuries and losses that make us sometimes question our abilities to be the best. There are days that I am driven to my knees by a loss, but also there are moments of victory that I am soaring with the birds.

However, despite any bumps in the way and mistakes that I’ve made, one thing is certain: We are on our way to Olympic gold!

To the nurses, therapists, aides, and doctors on the team:  Thank you for your gold medal quality caring for the patients we serve. Behind everything we do, it is the patients that we have in mind. You are the final stage of that goal, and our entire team stands behind you.

To the leaders, consultants, and office experts on the team:  Thank you for helping make the way we care for each other and our patients work better. And thanks for helping make the way we do it more efficient and more compliant with the millions of rules out there.

To the girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands, children, friends, siblings, parents, and other family members that have stood behind our team:  Thank you for being there for us day after long day. Just like those Olympic athletes, we are following our dreams and it feels good to have your support. We’re sorry for the days we are stressed out and we’re thankful that you are there to share our victories.

To the leaders that have chosen to work with our team:  Thank you for believing in us and giving our team the opportunity to practice our art and do what we love. We never forget that it is your trust in us that makes this all possible, and we appreciate you for that.

To each of my teammates, partners, clients, and supporters I want to say “Thank You”! It continues to be the thrill of a lifetime, and we are making a real different not only in the lives of patients everywhere, but in the lives of each other.

And that is something just as special to celebrate!

To everyone else that is out there competing for “Olympic Gold” in your area of passion, keep at it. In this economy I see a lot of people questioning themselves and their abilities. Stick with what you love, and keep your chin up! We still live in the land of opportunity, and I know for a fact that when you mix very hard work with passion, you get something truly golden.

As you cheer for your favorite athletes as they compete in the Olympics, I hope you will remember our team too. We continue working towards the gold medal, towards that goal of being the very best in the world. I hope you will cheer for us, share our story, or even join us if you share our passion for people.

Have a great weekend and I hope you enjoyed the Winter Games!

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