Were you watching? Apparently, you were. According to the BBC, it was the “most watched sporting event for their country on record.” The U.S. reports that it was the “second most watched event in American TV history”, trailing only the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. With viewership like this, chances are pretty good you watched at least 1 Olympic competitive event. Which moment was your favorite? Was it Usain Bolt’s flashing speed in the 100 and 200 meters? How about the Browlee brothers blistering run pace in the men’s triathlon? Who didn’t cheer for Gabby Douglas’ Gold Medal performance in gymnastics? One of my favorites was Galen Rupp’s “from out of nowhere” Silver Medal in the 10,000 meters. Where did he come from? You might have cheered for May-Treanor and Walsh as they three-peated in beach volleyball?
by Beau Chatham July 17, 2012
“Leadership.” “Setting the example.” “If you’re gonna talk the talk, you better walk the walk.” You’ve heard them all! If you’ve spent more than a day on this earth reading about or helping our wounded warriors, you’ve heard these phrases and words when it comes to the subject of integrity. Yeah, integrity! Integrity comes from the Latin word, integritas meaning the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished. Simply put when we do what we say we will do, we INTEGRATE our words with our actions. Consequently, when we commit to certain actions only to shy away from the hard truth, our integrity is reduced. From time to time, as I write this blog, I question my own authenticity and integrity. I do this for 2 reasons: 1. I want to ensure I set a good example
by Dr. Jeffrey T. Litchford June 27, 2012
1. I wish I hadn't worked so hard. 2. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.3. I wish I had let myself be happier.4 . I wish I had had the courage to express my true self.5. I wish I'd lived a life true to my dreams, instead of what others expect of me.Ever so often, it's not a bad idea to stop and take inventory of how we are doing on these issues. How are you doing today?As long as we are above ground and drawing breath, we can make changes.
by Beau Chatham June 20, 2012
Do these statements sound like anything you’ve ever said to yourself? “I’m going to stop losing my temper.” “I’m going to quit procrastinating.” “I’m going to stop doing all the work and delegate.” At some stage in our life, we’ve all promised ourselves to make some type of change. We either made the promise, or it was made for us due to something life handed us, like a new job, a relocation, or the loss of a loved one. We have the best intentions in the world and may even begin to move in a different direction, but ultimately we end up back where we started. I see this a lot as a life coach, so if you’re reading this and think I’m singling you out; don’t think you’re the only one. Now some people will say that “you’re not motivated” or you “don’t have any willpower.” I say, it’s because you don’t know how your brain works. Don’t believe me?
by Beau Chatham June 12, 2012
We all talk to ourselves. We do it continuously throughout the day. You may not even notice you’re doing it, but you do. I promise. Now I’m not talking about signs of mental illness where people have conversations with themselves. What I’m focusing on today is how we talk to ourselves, either out loud or to ourselves in our minds, about the situations we find ourselves in. I point this out because it was the subject of a recent discussion I had with a group of veterans. It went like this: Sitting in a circle, I asked the group, “As it relates to your healing process, what was the last best question your asked yourself? For a moment there was silence. Then a voice asked, “Can you give us an example?” I shook my head NO and added, “I can’t read your mind, so I don’t know what questions you ask of yourself while you are trying to heal?” The silence continued.
by Beau Chatham May 10, 2012
In Greek mythology, Achilles was a hero of the Trojan War. He was also the central character and the greatest warrior of Homer's tragedy entitled "The Iliad". Now you’re probably wondering what this little slice of history has to do with our Wounded Warriors of today? Actually there is much that a character from Homer’s Iliad can teach us about where we currently are and what is to come regarding our modern day warriors; specifically our military weaknesses, our post-war emotions, and how this war (in my honest opinion) will greatly impact our society. A Warrior’s Perspective on Weakness
by Beau Chatham April 20, 2012
A wise man once said, “There is never a wrong time to begin moving in the right direction.” When it comes to the mental health care we provide to our returning combat vets, I believe we are reaching a point where that “time to change direction” will be lost forever. WARNING: IF YOU HAVE THIN SKIN AND ARE PART OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM TREATING OUR WARRIORS, I AM ABOUT TO STEP ON YOUR TOES! If you followed my last posts, you may remember that I was defining the paradigm or treatment algorithm that our healthcare leaders have developed for veterans presenting with combat stress. 1. We put our warriors on unproven medications. 2. We subject them to counseling methods that are backward focused 3. We “sentence” our warriors to a system that is run mostly by non-veterans with no incentive to help them. This solution is not working. That’s not my opinion. It’s a fact! Blinded Me With Science
by Beau Chatham February 13, 2012
As we ended last week’s blog, I was suggesting that the solution in changing the behavior in our wounded warriors would be found in addressing the emotional states caused by combat. Unfortunately, this is not what we do. As most of you know, when our warriors become combat ineffective from the “unseen wounds” of war, their first-line choices for healing are medication and/or exposure therapy. In essence, we offer them mind-numbing medications to suppress the “emotional side of the equation” and we offer exposure therapy to address the “behavior side of the equation.” I know now there are better first steps to heal our warriors. I also believe using the above-mentioned first-line options are a huge disservice to the majority of our warriors. Bear with me as we take a look first at medical management of PTSD. No Pill is Gonna Cure My Ill
by Beau Chatham February 3, 2012
We've all heard this analogy when describing a flawed approach..."trying to put a square peg into a round hole", right? It couldn't be more true when we refer to our current mental health approach with combat veterans. As recent as yesterday, we read that combat troop ailments are creating a medical backlog in the already strained system. To make matters worse, I will suggest today that what we are doing is totally inadequate and that the fundamental approach of treatment is flawed!
by Beau Chatham December 1, 2011
When working with wounded combat vets, I sometimes encounter “the question” from caregivers and spouses that I find difficult to answer or explain. So in this week’s post, I wanted to share a bit of insight I have recently gained in the hope it will be beneficial for some of my readers.
by Dr. Jeffrey T. Litchford November 21, 2011
I first apologize for my absence for a while. My mother passed away in August and I took some time for introspection and remembering. Our brains are wired in such an amazing way. Whatever we think and speak about immediately become a target or goal for our subconscious mind. Once we entertain a thought or speak a word our mind takes it as instructions for what we desire whether its what we intended or not.
by Beau Chatham October 24, 2011
Most of you that are consistent readers of my blog know I attempt to provide a positive and empowering approach to healing PTSD. Providing insight “through a warrior’s eyes”, I think, can be beneficial for many of the motivated clients I work with. By focusing on their Objectives, we work together using tools, encouragement, and reinforcement for the positive gains they make. Along with the tools of Subconscious Restructuring®, together, we are achieving outstanding results!
by Dr. Jeffrey T. Litchford August 7, 2011
Let's expand on the theme of motivation. Our conscious thoughts impact our subconscious mind which determines whether our motivation is centered in moving "toward" something desired or "away" from something feared / unwanted.
by Dr. Jeffrey T. Litchford July 18, 2011
The topic of motivation seems to be ever present in books and articles. It is an area of great interest and concern in our society. In fact, there is a career field, a profession, dedicated solely to the topic of motivation. This profession is filled with an array of amazing 'Motivational Speakers'! We all need a little help now and then with our motivation. What motivates you? How are you moved to action? No, I'm not asking what causes inspire you. I'm asking, how are you motivated? How you are motivated determines to a great extent the quality of your performance in anything and the joy in your life.
by Dr. Jeffrey T. Litchford July 6, 2011
There is so much of our internal dialogue or Self-talk that exists in the form of questions. Our subconscious mind responds most powerfully to questions. It always answers/responds to questions! Not necessarily right away, but it will respond resulting in feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It is the questions we ask ourselves that activates the subconscious and determines the direction of our thinking, emotions and our ultimate behaviors. There are countless books, articles, and videos available now teaching various forms of "self-talk" and "affirmations" that address this critical mental technology of asking questions. Our Subconscious mind serves us perfectly by giving us powerful answers to the questions we ask ourselves.
by Dr. Jeffrey T. Litchford June 25, 2011
There was once a man who loved to go fishing. Whenever he had free time he would take off to one of his favorite fishing spots. In fact, he loved his fishing trips so much that he often neglected his business and family responsibilities in order to get in a little extra trip or two. He was often found missing at work related meetings and family gatherings with no explanation. Early one Sunday morning, the man got up early and headed to one of his favorite fishing spots. He drove for some time anticipating the peaceful time alone and the excitement of the nibble, the bite and the catch! He arrived near a beautiful lake. He parked his car, grabbed his gear and walked a long trail for about an hour down to his perfect spot! He had been fishing only a few minutes when he noticed rather ominous clouds gathering rather quickly.
by Dr. Jeffrey T. Litchford June 11, 2011
"A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man dies but once." Worry is a waste! In the past 30 years there have been a variety of studies on worry that have varied only slightly. Generally the findings are: 80% of what we worry about will never happen; of the remaining 20% we can do nothing about 17% of it. That leaves only 3% of valid worry... if there is such a thing. None of us live life according to reality. We live life according to our perception of reality. "Two men looked out through prison bars, one saw mud the other saw stars." How we view or think about things determines how we experience our world. The most powerful part of our mind, the subconscious, determines our physical and emotional state. What we think about becomes input or a goal to the subconscious which acts immediately to accomplish that goal.
by Dr. Jeffrey T. Litchford June 9, 2011
I frequently hear, "Knowledge is Power." I strongly disagree! Knowledge in and of itself is powerless. Knowledge, when APPLIED, is POWER!! As we apply the knowledge we obtain, we experience growth and with that growth gain even more knowledge. We have all seen the two different states in our lives. Their are those who have gained knowledge and never apply it. Then there are those who gain knowledge, apply it, and continue to learn. We see them as, one individual who has twenty years experience in a field of expertise and the other who has one year of experience twenty times. LEARN - APPLY- GROW
by Beau Chatham May 31, 2011
I wanted to take an opportunity to share something with my readers that I have encountered with several warriors I have recently worked with and Memorial Day seems the perfect vehicle to do that with. As you all know, Memorial Day (formerly known as Decoration Day) commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in military service. What has become a day of celebration and cooking outside for so many, still remains an additional day of loss for so many of our warriors that have survived. I say an "additional day" as there are anniversaries of days we remember when we lost those on our left and right. To be so close to brothers and sisters we have lost, for many of us, is a wound that never seems to heal.