Former POW & Retired Army General Dr Rhonda Cornum on Resilience & Life ‘An Unending Opportunity’.

Dr. Rhonda Cornum holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Nutrition. She is a surgeon and urologist. A distinguished war veteran holding the rank of brigadier general, she has earned honors including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Army Service Medal. She served in the Army during the Gulf War when she was captured by Iraqi forces. She is a pioneer in resilience training.

Today, Rhonda shares her story. She emphasizes the importance of gratitude and of finding the good news in every bad story. She shares her grandfather’s influence on her and why he is her biggest hero. She explains why she does not think that her experience as a POW was traumatic for her, despite being adverse. She notes that to give a failure permanent influence on your life is a choice. She discusses why a victim-centered culture fails to cultivate self-sufficient, stoic people with strong coping skills. She points out that cognitive behavioral therapy should be practiced preventatively as well as reactively, and she talks about her comprehensive soldier fitness training program. She re-emphasizes the importance of gratitude, and she shares her three greatest life lessons. We also talk about the interaction between habits and choices, as well as the difference between inability and unsuccessfulness.

“You may not be successful, but that’s a different thing than you’re unable, and it’s a sure bet if you don’t try you’re unable.”
– Dr. Rhonda Cornum

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair

  • The experience of believing you’re about to die
  • Why failure isn’t determinative
  • The power to choose in every given situation
  • The dangers of a victim-centered approach
  • Why you shouldn’t judge people’s reactions to things based on your own potential reaction
  • Why every choice forms a habit, and every habit forms the person
  • The power of gratitude
  • The importance of reflecting before acting
  • Using negative emotions to drive positive change
  • Realistic optimism

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