This past weekend I had the opportunity to go and share/teach some technique skills with a group of doctors up in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. I had a great time working with those who attended my part of the program, but I walked away with some ideas that I want to share with the rest of you for my tips this week.
Here are the thoughts that I came away with:
1. Most of us don't take good enough care of ourselves! I see this over and over again when I am out on the road teaching and I believe this is one of the reasons that many of us are struggling in our practices.
2. As a rule, most of us don't get adjusted as often as we recommend that our patients should. How is that consistent with our message of enjoying better health with appropriate chiropractic care that we present to others, or with maintaining good health in our own bodies?
3. I think the eating game is a constant challenge for most of us, not just our patients. Everyone needs to have some flexibility based on all the food sensitivities and allergies that are so common today, but even those who seem to be able to eat anything still need to keep some healthy parameters in mind when it comes to diet.
I think the key here is good fundamental habits that we can use at home, when we are on a break, or on the road. This will allow us to function in whatever circumstance we are in and still maintain a good baseline that we hope to help our patients enjoy as well.
4. Too many of us avoid, or just don't exercise the way we try to get our patients to and then we wonder why the active care portion of our practices aren't thriving, or patients aren't complying the way we know they should.
Of course some of us are always looking for an excuse to take this component to the extreme and spend hours and hours every day working out and working on how WE look, instead of working on or with others to help them achieve better health. Be careful of this trap when you are setting boundaries for your own life here.
5. Too many of us don't adjust our staff or families regularly like we suggest or recommend to our patients that they should if they want their nervous systems to function as close to 100% as they can.
This tip is a lot like raising kids. If you aren't willing to do something yourself, don't expect others to do it either. Guess what?? Your family, your staff and your patients are watching you and they know the truth about what you really believe!
6. Most of us just work too much and we don't do things that are really fun any more! We all need to take a break from time to time and have some fun if we want to really succeed at whatever business we are in. All work and no play makes Rob a really, really dull boy! (I'm really writing to myself here!)
We were at an amazing resort where they have this gigantic indoor water park and every kid I saw at the resort had a huge smile on their face. They were all wearing bathing suits, many were still dripping wet and shivering in the elevators, but when I asked them what the best part of the resort was, they all said the water park for sure!
Why did I travel all that distance and not take advantage of that? Do any of us really have to work 24 hours a day?
I can probably come up with 4-5 good reasons why that part of the trip never happened, but the bottom line is I just didn't go and have some real fun while I was there and I came home from this trip with some regret that I could have easily avoided by just taking some simple steps and getting wet!
So, take a deep breath now and Relax! The first half of this tip is just pointing out some negatives that we can all easily deal with if we want to change and do better. Here are the positive steps I want us all to consider taking:
1. Let's start by loving ourselves just a little bit more today than we did yesterday. It' OK to prioritize ourselves and our health so we can continue taking care of everyone else!
2. Let's all start getting adjusted like we know we should. Pick a doctor you can trade care with and start doing that today!
3. Figure out what your diet should look like and what a healthy body weight is for you and for those you love that you are responsible for. Take some steps if needed to make corrections here over the next 90 days and watch your body start to respond positively.
4. Let's all get involved with at least 15 minutes of cardio 3- 4 times each week, even if it just means taking a brisk walk during our lunch break. (yes, you get to take a lunch break while you are at work and it's actually good for you)
You will have more energy and be able to do more for those you are serving at home and in your business.
5. Let's all make sure that we are taking excellent care of our staff and our families! They all do so much to help us succeed, so lets do all we can to help them succeed at the same time!
6. Start to schedule some fun every month or two and take the time to go and actually participate. There is no real benefit to being the richest person in the graveyard, so take a day off, or go and do something fun that you will look back on with joy instead of regret!
Doing these six things can and will have a positive impact on you and on your business bottom line. Get started with a new outlook on your life and your business today!
Dr. Rob Jackson
Applewood Chiropractic Health Center
Back Talk Systems Inc.
Colorline Digital Printing
Thompson Technique Foundation
231 Violet Street Unit 140
Golden, Colorado 80401