On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
Something helpful. Ultimately, we are responsible for our own behavior and results. However, it can be extremely helpful to have someone that keeps us accountable. A person that keeps us accountable can serve as a moral compass, motivator, coach, advisor, and so much more.
For me, my wife and oldest son are my two go-to sources for accountability. Both understand my desires, principles, strengths, and weaknesses. My wife helps keep me pointing North and knows how to get the best out of me with a simple kind word or question. My oldest son keeps me accountable because I know he emulates my example so closely. He asks me questions and makes comments that motivate me to stay on the highest-level path, so I can show him (and my other kids) the power we all possess to achieve great things.
Something I believe. We all have strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes, we neglect our strengths because we become more focused on our weaknesses. While addressing weak points can be important, I believe the first step is to triple down on our strengths.
As an example, when I coach football, I try to find one thing a player can do well. This can be something as simple as proficiency in a fundamental. Once I find a strength, I put that player in a position to utilize that talent. Without fail, this always leads to personal success, growing confidence, and a better overall team. As the player thrives in his strengths, this usually begins to uncover other things they do well and can be capitalized upon. Start with what you do well, and it will open doors quickly!
Something I follow. I believe that the best things in life are won daily. These include great health, personal relationships, success in business, and more. There is a tendency to become complacent in these areas and stop working hard, giving effort, or caring as we once did.
That is why I feel it is crucial to try earning wins in these areas daily. For example, even on my busiest workdays, I focus on giving my best with each patient when I interact and adjust them. With my wife and kids, there is not a day that goes by when I don’t show (and tell) them how much they mean to me. When it comes to health, I eat well and exercise each day. If something is important to you, realize that you must nurture and protect it. Therefore, do something each day to “win” the things you care most about in life.
Something I have found to be true. Hope is never a substitute for action. Therefore, hoping something will happen and following up with no effort is not a sound plan. However, there will be times when even someone giving all they have and fighting the good fight will need hope. In those times, the faintest glimmer of hope can become like a spark that fuels effort and action like you’ve never seen before.
Hope can take on many forms, some large and some small. I have had times where my hope was to create a successful business and provide for my family, that powered me to work harder than ever. During some of my toughest and longest races, hope was making it to the next aid station to try and find something to eat or drink to power me for the hours and miles to come. When I’ve lost people close to me suddenly, the faith that I will see them again one day became my hope. The ability to tap into any form of hope in your darkest times is a true superpower, and one that will serve you in ways you cannot imagine.
Some quotes I love.
“Remember, you are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel.”
“How to destroy a great plan: Change it when it gets hard.” – Alex Hormozi
“How you do anything is how you do everything.”
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