Do You Practice What You Preach?

Dr. Martha’ s Monday Morning Motivational

Monday, November 8, 2010

Do you exemplify health and wellness? Could you utilize the mantra, “Be fit. Eat right. Think well. Get adjusted.”? Or would you be lying to say you do? Do you exemplify all four areas? As chiropractors it is absolutely imperative that we live out the same principles that we teach our patients.  My patients love to know that I hold myself accountable to the same lifestyle I encourage them to live.  I always tell them I would never ask them to do something which I don’t do myself.  And I would never….are you congruent?

I get so frustrated when I see unhealthy chiropractors and even more frustrated when I see unhealthy chiropractors who are struggling.  In my opinion a huge part of business success  is a direct reflection of personal success.  This applies to all areas of our personal lives.  I always say how you do anything is how you do everything and what you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying. Really think about what I just said.

I realized one day that I don’t regularly tell my patients about my lifestyle choices but because I live them out I don’t have to.  I exemplify the wellness lifestyle.  They can tell that I workout regularly, eat a well balanced diet, think positive thoughts, and get adjusted. By taking care of the body God gave me I am a walking billboard for my practice.  People in my community know that I am different.  The same holds true for you in your community.

While for some this may seem like  a no brainer…but I know for sure this is not true for everyone.  It’s sad but true.  So, this is my challenge start with you…look at your lifestyle where do you have a gap? What could you do to get one step closer to optimal health.  Personally I reassess constantly.  I am always looking for additions to my lifestyle to increase my overall wellness and when I find something that works I share it with my practice members so that we can all grow.

Decide today what you can do to continually be your own billboard, a walking, talking advertisement for your practice and the chiropractic lifestyle.  The principle of chiropractic is that the body needs no interference: chemical, physical, or emotional.  What interferences are you tolerating? What changes or implementations can you make to benefit you, your patients, and your future patients? Realizing that the shift must start with you and with the right intention will result in a ripple effect that alters your practice.

Making changes in the area of wellness is hard for many but crucial for overall longevity.  They are forced to let go of habits and sometimes addictions which are a ball and chain to their unhealthy lifestyle holding them back from optimal wellness.  Remember ddictions don’t have to be just alcohol, street drugs, and tobacco; they can be processed foods, negative thoughts, a sedentary lifestyle or so much more.  Be a role model that allows them to see that change is possible and the teacher that reminds them change is imperative.

Start with you.  Make the necessary changes to increase your personal wellness.  Make sure you are working out regularly, motion is life.  Eat whole foods, we are organic beings not chemical creatures and food is fuel not just fun! You are what you think, uplift yourself and others with positive thought.  Sigafoose said, “Subluxations kill!” so get adjusted….REGULARLY! The aforementioned is a phenomenal base recipe for success, as you get comfortable with all four categories on a basic level begin to add to it’s complexity. If you begin to practice what you preach your community will begin to see your dedication to a wellness lifestyle.  They will see that you are different and it’s a different that is the right way to go!

Love. Laugh. Adjust.

Dr. Martha, Innate Girl

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