I interviewed Tom House today on the radio show. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about five years ago. Tom has a unique perspective on the “process” of recovery. Note that I used the word “process” not “outcome”. Tom explains that when athletes focus on the “outcome” they want – i.e., winning the game – their performance sinks and they are more likely to lose.
The outcome is not what matters, but the process. Of course people diagnosed with Parkinson’s want to see all symptoms dissolve. To make that happen however, the focus needs to be on the present moment activities and behaviors that in the end make that outcome possible.
This is why mindfulness programs are so successful for people with Parkinson’s. They focus on process rather than outcomes.
My Interview with Former Major League Pitcher Tom House
P.S. Have you heard? I just released the 2017 update to Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease.
Robert Rodgers PhD