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 I encounter and how I handle it. Whether regarding spinal health, exercise, nutrition, or business; I regularly encounter people that are quick to complain, but slow to do anything about it. In other words, people are unhappy with the results they are getting, but unwilling to change (or consider changing) the process that gets them the results.
In my experience, there are two groups within this category. First, are people that will not change no matter how hard you try to help them. There is nothing you can do for these people; they have often made complaining part of their personality, do not realize it, and will never change. In the second group, are people who want to change but are frustrated and overwhelmed. For these people, I like to start with one or two simple things for them to adjust, that I know will produce results. If/when they follow the recommendations and see improvements, mentally they now understand change is possible. This opens their mind to the possibility of greater prospects and things can progress from there.
Something I realized. Last Saturday, I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) in my town as part of my ongoing training for my 100-mile race in February. I remember running my first half marathon in 2010 and as I finished, I thought how crazy (and awful) it would be to have immediately run that race again, to complete a full marathon distance. It seemed almost unbelievable to me at that time.
When I finished my race Saturday, I had the thought that in February, I will have to run the equivalent of eight consecutive half marathons to complete my race (a couple miles less). Physically, I am certainly not as fast now as I was when I did that first race 12 years ago. The only difference is that I have trained myself through being uncomfortable so often (in training and life) to be much stronger mentally than I ever was before. That strength, allows me to face a daunting challenge like running for 100-miles straight and be scared, yet still know I will find a way to get through and complete it.
Something I found touching. At church over the weekend, I noticed a couple in their twenties a few rows ahead of me. The man was deaf, and the woman signed every word of the service to him. What touched me was that she was enthusiastic the entire time she did so. It occurred to me how much energy it must take her to listen and then translate with emotion in that manner. The man would sign back to her, and I could tell from his expressions that he was getting a lot from what was being said. Watching them interact from afar was a beautiful reminder of how impactful people can be on one another when they give them energy and love.
A question to ask yourself. I saw a quote by John C. Maxwell this week, “People will summarize your life in one sentence, pick it now.” This quote got me thinking about what that sentence might look like for me. To get an idea, I began thinking what the top five to ten personality traits are that I am known most for. For example, I think that almost everyone that knows me would consider me to be extremely energetic and positive. What would people most associate with your demeanor, character, and behavior? Are you pleased with how you are viewed? If so, continue what you are doing and if not, start making some changes.
Some quotes I love.
“They wrote me off, but I didn’t write back.” – Geno Smith
“Inaction usually carries a higher price than a mistake. Bet on yourself and get going.” – Dr. Josh Handt
“Everyone wants to be a fighter and kick some ass, but being a fighter is also being on the wrong side of a beating.”
“Many things have fallen only to rise higher.” – Seneca The Younger
“Don’t find a fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford
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