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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 8th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

Something interesting I see often in practice.  As a chiropractor, I see people in pain on a regular basis.  When people get into pain, they often look for a reason why.  You would tend to think that to get into such pain something major must have occurred to cause it.  However, I can tell you that approximately 90% of the time, there is not one single major event that causes it.  Rather it is the accumulation of what I call macro-traumas that eventually catch up to them.

Macro-traumas are the smaller things we do on a regular basis that we rarely notice in the moment, such as poor posture, ergonomics, lack of exercise, too much sitting, repetitive positions/motions, and more.  On their own, none of these are necessarily enough to cause a major problem but cumulatively they add up.  Dealing with these usually involves a combination of improving habits (creating better ergonomics at work for example) and having some form of chiropractic care at least on a somewhat regular basis, like how you’d get dental checkups.

A great question to ask yourself.  There is an excellent book I read years ago called “The Boys in the Boat” about an American crew team in their quest to win gold at the 1936 Olympics.  A question they would ask themselves and each other was “will it make the boat go faster?”  In other words, will a particular action lead to a better chance of succeeding at the goal?

I find this premise to be important and relevant for everyday life.  We make hundreds of decisions each day, some small and some major.  Regardless, we should constantly ask ourselves whether the decision is helpful or harmful.  Examples of decisions that will help the boat go faster include regular exercise, good nutrition, proper rest, time management, spending time with the right people and more.  The next time you’re faced with an important decision, ask yourself if it will make the boat go faster.

Something recent I think is relevant.  I enjoy listening to podcasts and have for many years.  There are two football podcasts I’ve listened to for many years, and both did something recently that I think it provides an important example of current behaviors.

The first show had begun a trend of diverting away from football and delving into some of the current events we are facing in this country.  Essentially, they began bad mouthing those that didn’t share a basic mainstream view of certain topics (which includes me).  I stopped listening after a few weeks of this and will never tune in again.

The second show also diverted to talk of these matters but was not insulting.  They mentioned a few times some of what they believed and actions they took.  The difference was that they did not insult the beliefs of those other than themselves.  They have different opinions than I do but I will happily continue to listen because I love the show.

Why is this significant?  These days, people forget that in a free country it is not expected we will all feel the same about every issue.  There is nothing wrong with divergent opinions and there is no need to insult or try to eliminate those opinions.  When people feel differently than I do I am happy to find other common ground.  However, when they want to mock or insult my beliefs, I have no problem not giving them my time, money, or support.

An important concept.  “I’m so busy” is a phrase we all hear constantly.  We live in times where being busy is glorified and in my opinion it really shouldn’t be.  Anyone can do busy work, procrastinate, or take more time than necessary to complete tasks.

When I was new in chiropractic practice, I worked with an amazing doctor that was a wonderful mentor to me.  I would often get sidetracked on lots of small projects and ideas and it was noticed by the doctor noticed this.  He told me my focus should be on either treating patients or bringing in new patients.  As simple as this was, it taught me to focus only on major objectives and keep everything else on the back burner.  I follow that advice to this day and believe the same premise applies to not only work but life as well.  What is ultimately most important is not whether you’re getting a lot done but whether you’re getting the right things done.  Finishing the correct tasks leads to effective time management and a greater chance of success.

Some quotes I love.

“Be nice until it’s time to not be nice.” – Patrick Swayze, Roadhouse

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Will Rogers

“Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made.” – Gabrielle Douglas

“I respect the man who tells you how he really feels to your face more than the man who smiles at you while he talks sh** behind your back.  In fact, the man who can’t address you like a man is no man at all.” – Ryan Michler

“Embarrassment is the cost of entry.  If you aren’t willing to look like a foolish beginner, you’ll never become a graceful master.” – James Yaeger

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 1st

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  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 believe in.  In football, we coach players to “play to the whistle.”  Meaning you give a maximum effort until a whistle blows and signals the end of play.  I believe this is useful advice for everyday life as well.  It is easy to leave things for later, procrastinate or come up with excuses not to do things in a timely manner.  This can lead to stress and a poor outcome.

Rather than wait, I like to “play to the whistle.”  In other words, if I can fit 10 more minutes of work in today, that’s 10 less I need to do tomorrow and can get ahead on something else.  I don’t always get everything done in a single block of time, but I do make sure I take full advantage of every second I have and do all I can with the time I have.  Play to the whistle in everything you do, it will make a difference!

Should I take a multivitamin?  I believe everyone should be taking a multivitamin.  It is certainly possible to get all the nutrients from food but nearly impossible to get everything in the correct amounts each day.  Therefore, to cover your bases I recommend a good, whole-food multivitamin.  This means the vitamin is derived from actual food (fruits and veggies) and not synthetic vitamins.

A vitamin like Centrum will be cheap but because it is comprised of synthetic vitamins, your body will not absorb much, and it will do little.  Conversely, if you are using a whole food vitamin (such as Juice Plus for example) you will notice your hair and nails grow very quickly which is a sign your body is retaining and utilizing nutrients.

A piece of advice I mentioned recently.  I gave a talk recently and during it, I mentioned a conversation I’d had not too long ago.  I was asked by a runner training for a 10K (just over 6 miles) if I had any advice on how to get better at this distance, as he was really struggling between miles 4.5 and 6. 

I told him I did have some advice and he looked at me no doubt expecting something to do with nutrition, VO2 max or something scientific.  Instead, what I told him was to have his wife drop him off 12 miles from his house and to run home.  He looked at me like I was crazy.  What I explained to him was that our minds deal with what we give them.  So, to his mind, 6 miles was a giant task.  I suggested the 12-mile run to “reset his normal.”  If you’re worried about miles 4 to 6 and you throw a 12-mile run in, do you think the next time you run 6 miles your body will find it as difficult?  No chance.  In fact, it’ll be thankful you’re only doing 6 miles.  Sometimes you need to throw a large task at yourself to reset what you think is possible or comfortable.

A great question to ask yourself.  Are you easy to root for? In sports, there are people we simply love to cheer for people based on their character, performance, perseverance, redemptive story, you name it.  Conversely, there are people we’d prefer to root against.  Life works in a similar fashion.

I believe in general people that are honest, positive, kind, loyal, loving, humble, hardworking, energetic, passionate, and unique (among other qualities) are easy to root for.  They contribute to those around them and in turn, people want to see them do well.  On the other side are people that are negative, arrogant, self-centered, untruthful, lazy, complainers, low energy and more.  These people tend to drain those around them, so people don’t want to elevate them, they tend to want to get away from them.  If you are the type of person that people want to cheer for and see do well, it’s likely that you are doing a lot of things right.  If not, you may need to consider making some changes.

Some quotes I love.

“If you leave your children a world where you never stood up, they’ll inherit one where they can’t.” – Robert J. O’Neill

“Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.” – W. Clement Stone

“I would like to be measured by what the people who learned from me taught other people.” – Seth Godin

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.” – Confucious

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – September 24th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

A technique I often use.  Have you ever gone out with friends and eaten a ton of food or had a bunch of drinks you know you really shouldn’t?  Ever skipped a morning workout to sleep in?  Have you given in to your anger and completely lost it on someone when you knew it was a bad idea?  These are all examples of letting our emotions grow in the moment and making a choice we’ll later regret.  It happens to all of us.

One of the techniques I like to use in situations like this, is to avoid focusing on how I’d feel doing something in the moment, and instead try and think about how I’d feel later.  For example, would it taste great to eat a bunch of unhealthy food right now?  Sure, but imagining how gross I’ll feel after the fact, keeps me stronger in the moment so I make the appropriate choice.  The key is imagining the feelings you’d have later as opposed to the ones you’d have in the short term.  If you’ll feel great about it later, then go for it.  If not, make a different choice.

Something I saw and loved.  I watched a football biography over the weekend and the coach talked about focusing on the process more so than the result.  His feeling was that if the process is diligent and sound, the results will take care of themselves.  The process involves a host of factors including planning, practice, repetition and more.

This appealed to me, and I have found this to be true athletically, personally and in business.  We are all after a certain goal or result.  Without a path to get there however, this is nothing more than a dream.  A solid process gives our goal a road map to eventual success.  It allows us to prioritize all the steps along the way and to pay attention to all the important details.  As an example, I’ve been around many business owners throughout the years.  Those that I speak to that talk to me about their processes they have within their businesses always make money as a by-product of them.  The owners that I speak to that lack good processes never make the money they expect to.

A workout I use to challenge myself.  Normally when I work out there’s some form of a finish line in sight.  In other words, a certain number of repetitions on a set, miles on a run, etc.  When this is the case, it makes it easier on your mind as it knows how far left it must go.  To challenge my body and mind in a different way, I regularly do workouts I call “blind time.”

When I do these, I will pick some type of exercise such as hitting a heavy bag, squatting, sprinting, etc. and set a timer on my phone for a given amount of time (1 – 3 min usually) but not look at it.  The timer will beep when it’s done but since I can’t see it, I have no idea how much time remains.  This will play tricks on your mind as 1-3 minutes can feel like forever and your mind constantly tells you just to stop.   These workouts have helped me strengthen my perseverance throughout the years as it has gotten me accustomed to hanging in there for just a bit longer.  Done repeatedly, this can have profound effects!

Reminder of an important principle.  My middle son plays on a tackle football team.  The coach sends out emails constantly and talks at practice about how it’s never about the wins, it’s about the kids.  Last Saturday however, they had a big win against a challenging opponent and the first thing the coach said afterwards was “I know a lot of you didn’t play much but, it was that type of game where we had to play the best players.”  In other words, he did what he needed to win, even at the expense of some of the kids.  I am a highly competitive person and coach myself, so I get it, but the disconnect between what he constantly preaches versus the actions he put forth really struck me.

It is extremely easy to talk or think of ourselves in a certain way, usually in the best light possible.  However, people will judge us based on actions, not words.  When we talk one way and act differently, we lose credibility.  Conversely, when we act exactly as we say we will, people develop trust in us.  There is a saying I love that fits this lesson perfectly, “don’t talk about it, be about it.”

Some quotes I love.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

“Your own family will talk sh** about you when you’re in the process of breaking all their generational curses.  This ain’t for the weak.”’ – Denzel Washington

“Victims make excuses.  Leaders deliver results.” – Robin Sharma

“You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney

“You can’t climb a smooth mountain.” – Zig Ziglar

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – September 17th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  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 think about often.  Years ago, I read a book about running and the author told a story that has stuck with me from that day forward.  Frank Shorter was a gold medal, Olympic marathon runner in the 70’s.  The author of this book was with Frank as they watched a group of runners training.  One of the more talented runners slightly cut across a corner as he was completing a workout.  When Frank saw this, he said to the author “he’ll never be a champion, champions never cut corners.” 

Every single time I come around a corner on a run I think of this.  It also reinforces one of my beliefs which is “how you do anything is how you’ll do everything.”  In other words, if you take shortcuts, you will do so in all aspects of your life.  Conversely, when you give even the smallest tasks your full attention and effort, you are training yourself to do that in life.

Some thoughts on courage.  I got into an interesting talk about courage the other day with a patient of mine.  I liked what she had to say, and she enjoyed my thoughts and asked me to share them in my 5 Spot.

Most people think about showing courage as a very cinematic event – an act is performed; everyone cheers and it’s an instant lovefest.  It would be great if this were the case but it’s far more likely that when you show courage you will be going against what is accepted or common.  Therefore, you may be ridiculed, mocked, or disliked for what you’ve done because it challenges the actions or beliefs of those around you.  As a result, true courage is probably easier to spot after the fact when times or events have had time to unfold.  What is considered “wrong” today, is courage later. 

I believe everyone has the capacity to be courageous though it is found in short supply these days.  Courage does not need to come from anything elaborate or someone special.  It can be something simple and can be performed by any of us.  A great example of this would be Rosa Parks who decided she would not move when she was asked.  Displaying courage is crucial, make sure you are acting accordingly. 

A lesson I’ve learned from running that is crucial in life.  Logging as many miles as I have over the years, I can tell you that not every run is created equal.  Some days things progress effortlessly, others feel as if each mile takes forever.  On the tough days, I often experience a strong desire to simply stop running and rest.  Many times, I have given in and done just that.  What I notice on these days though, is once you stop, you begin to stop more frequently, you think you’re more tired than you are, you need more rest, etc. 

The lesson this has taught me, is to keep going when it gets tough.  If I do this, I find that powering through a challenging period gives me strength on the other side.  It changes my momentum and before I know it, I feel great.  It’s as if I needed to prove to my mind, that my body was stronger than it thought, and then it gives up telling me to stop.  The exact same run can have two completely different outcomes in performance simply by staying strong during a few tough minutes.  Life is the same – if you don’t want to have to start over, than don’t stop – you’ll get stronger, and your results will be better!

A type of person to limit in your life.  There is a type of person that I often refer to as a “time hog.”  The hallmark signs of such a person are negativity, constantly talking only about themselves, no respect for your time, and no desire to learn or ask about you.  Most often, it’s as if these types of people will have 20 minutes worth of material they want to get out.  They will do so whether you’re interested or not and regardless of whether it’s a convenient time for you.  Most people that are time hogs may not even know they are, they have just become trained to act in that fashion and don’t realize how they are perceived.

Most of us have a desire to be nice, kind and caring so it can become challenging to deal with such a person.  My advice is to do whatever you must to limit your exposure to such people.  Not because they are bad people, simply because they will drain your energy and so much of your time.  I know people like this (patients and people in my life), and I am always polite but if you were to rewind our interaction and watch it, you’d notice I got away (escaped!) quickly.  Try not to be a “time hog” and certainly do your best to avoid them.

Some quotes I love.

“The freedoms you surrender today are the freedoms your grandchildren will never know existed.”

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” – Russel Warren

“People will summarize your life in once sentence – pick it now.” – John C. Maxwell

“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams rather than your comfort zone.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – September 10th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

Something cool.  I mentioned last week in my 5 Spot that after his first freshmen game in which he played almost every play; my son went back to the football fields two hours later to practice with a teammate that did not get to play much.  They both wanted to improve and see better results in the next game.  In their second game last Saturday, my son caught an 80-yard touchdown pass thrown to him by that teammate.

Obviously as a dad I was ecstatic because it was my son.  Even more than that, however, was the fact that those young men put in extra time and saw it pay off almost immediately.  This is a valuable lesson.  The more intensity and work you put into something, the more likely you are to be rewarded.

Something I loved.  My wife had seen on social media recently about some young children that had showed courage in some of their actions.  For space purposes, I won’t go into all the specifics, however they demonstrated strong will, set a worthy example for their peers and stood out among the crowd.  As a result, my wife was motivated to reach out to their parents so she could then send them all individual cards with a nice note and gift card inside.  Obviously, the parents were thrilled and happy to do so.

What I loved was that the parents all sent back videos of their children opening and reading these cards.  Without exception, they were proud and honored that an adult took the time to praise them.  Courage is contagious and must always be encouraged.  Also, strong confident children can become even more so as adults and grow into amazing examples and leaders!

An important business principle.  I teach young chiropractors and/or business owners that I believe a business is like a boat powered by 2 engines.  The first engine is the heart of the business.  This is the love, compassion and care that is put into it.  In my case, this would entail how much energy I put into treating my patients and the strong desire to get them well and allow them to live better lives.  The other engine is the actual business side.  This involves all the processes of the business, evaluating numbers, and so forth. 

When someone cares a ton but pays no mind to the numbers, the boat goes in circles.  When numbers are the only focus and no heart is placed into the business, the boat will also go awry.  Only when an equal emphasis is given to both can the business truly thrive.  I believe this is true in business and in life – always stay true to your purpose while making sound decisions that allow you to do it to the best of your abilities. 

Something I enjoyed.  My wife works for a company called Warrior Fit which is a comprehensive program that helps people with nutrition and exercise.  As part of their program, they have guest speakers that talk on a variety of topics.  I was asked to speak about some of the lessons I’ve taken from my competitions and training as well as how my passion has developed.  I haven’t done any public speaking in quite some time and had never even been on a Zoom call, so it was going to be a different experience.

On Tuesday evening, I did my presentation and loved doing so.  Deciding what I wanted to share, organizing my material, practicing, and then delivering it were all a blast for me.  I mentioned to the attendees that I physically take myself out of my comfort zone often but an event like this was a great way for me to do so in a non-physical way.  I always enjoy having some upcoming challenge on my calendar to look toward and prepare for.

For those interested, the link to my talk is below.

Meeting Recording:

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Some quotes I love.

“There is only one way to avoid criticism.  Do nothing.  Be nothing.  Say nothing.” – Aristotle

” You can’t repeat the same things blindly and expect to become exceptional.  Habits are necessary, but not sufficient for mastery.  What you need is a combination of automatic habits and deliberate practice.” – Joe DeSena

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because the don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Frederich Nietzsche

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – September 3rd

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

A good reminder.  On Sunday, I had to put down my beloved dog that I rescued 9 years ago.  He had a neurological condition that had been progressively worsening and last Thursday when I carried him outside to go to the bathroom, instead of wanting to come back inside quickly like always, he crawled under the shade of a tree and wanted to stay outside.  I felt as though this was a message directly to me telling me that it was “time.”

Ultimately, I had to make the call to put him down and it was a reminder to me of how sometimes being a leader is about making the calls you don’t want to.  In this instance, I needed to consider what was best for him rather than what would be better or less challenging for myself.  When people look to you as a leader, you will eventually be forced to make difficult, unpopular and/or agonizing decisions.  Ultimately, leaders would rather make those decisions than trust someone else to do it for them.

How I handle grief.  Saturday was the anniversary of my brother in law’s (and best friend) death last year.  Then Sunday I had to put my dog down.  Both events were incredibly sad and made even more so when seeing my family upset.  So, what did I do to handle it?

First, I make sure to get back into a routine.  After difficulties in life, we tend to drift away from our good habits.  We eat poorly, stop exercising, lose touch with friends, etc.  On Saturday, I did the “Murph” workout in honor of my brother-in-law and on Sunday and Monday I made sure to go for runs and exercise.  Did I feel like doing this?  No.  However, the exertion did help alleviate a lot of stress and tension and helped me cope with everything easier.  Next, I let my emotions go.  I am typically not someone that cries from sadness, but I did quite a bit of it on Sunday and Monday.  It’s far better to let all of that out and allow your body that release.  When you are hit with a tough time, don’t be afraid to be emotional but make sure you don’t allow yourself to fall into bad patterns.

Something I loved.  On Saturday, my oldest son had his first freshman football game and played all but about 10 total plays.  He was doing everything except working the concession stand and was understandably exhausted after the game.  One of his teammates and good friends did not get an opportunity to play much and texted him 2 hours after the game asking if he wanted to go to a field and practice.

It was 30 minutes away and my son asked if I would take him.  He commented that it was probably the last thing I felt like doing but I said I would.  The reason I was happy to do so was because I thought it was admirable for both boys to want to go back and get better.  My son could have easily said no to his friend because he was tired and played a lot but chose not to.  His friend could have sat at home and complained that he didn’t get playing time but instead decided to work on getting better.  Anytime someone has the desire to work harder and improve their performance in anything, it should be encouraged.   

What are your thoughts on the things being imposed on kids due to COVID?  I’ve gotten this question often over the past couple of weeks.  Normally, I refrain from talking about COVID in my 5 Spots because it gets too exhausting and boring but when it comes to kids, I felt it was important to comment. 

My first thought is that when it comes to anything about your child’s health, I would encourage you to do your own research and know your stuff.  Do not listen to the news, me, your pediatrician, neighbors, family, teachers, or anyone else as your sole source of information.  Take nothing for granted and make the time to compare the narratives to the evidence, learn about contraindications, exercise common sense, and more.  Second, adults should not need, want, or expect any child to protect them or their health.  We have a duty to help them and should pursue only the avenues that do so.    

Some quotes I love.

“First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.  Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.  Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” – Martin Niemoller

“It’s common now to mistake defending someone’s right to say things, with agreeing with those things.  If you don’t support free speech for people you disagree with, you don’t support free speech.” – Ricky Gervais

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – August 27th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

An analogy I like.  I listened to a podcast the other day and the guest compared the freedoms we enjoy in this country to a buffet.  I think this analogy works for a few reasons. 

First, just like a buffet, there will be some things that really appeal to you and others you won’t like.  Second, the ability for you to select what you do and do not want to eat is crucial.  Vegetarians wouldn’t want to be told to eat meat, while others may not want to touch vegetables, etc.  In either case, the point is, we shouldn’t limit choices based on someone else’s preferences.  Finally, if someone were monitoring the buffet and telling you what you should be eating and why, it would be a dangerous precedent.  Maybe the person telling you to eat the beef owns cattle.  Perhaps the person encouraging you to eat the desserts sells a weight loss drug that you might find useful after years of sugar.  The point is, if there are choices seemingly available to you but someone is there to make sure you only pick certain things, it’s not a buffet; it’s a prison cafeteria.  Shutting a buffet down when you see people making choices you would not isn’t cool, freedoms work the same way. 

Something I believe in.  I had a new patient last week that came in (while I had a chiropractic student shadowing me) and was incredibly forthright in what he told me.  He gave me information on how he was feeling but also was candid as to things he’d done wrong and what steps he’d taken to remedy those actions.

This was an example of something I believe in strongly – people that are honest, humble and want to change; have already won half the battle.  On the road to change, we are usually our own worst enemy.  We make excuses, we get embarrassed, and/or we blame people and circumstances for our shortcomings.  Those who take ownership over their actions, admit that they could use help and are willing to do what is necessary to get there; will always succeed. 

A good reminder.  My dog is an older boxer that is sadly near the end of his life.  One night this week I went to bed and after about an hour of sleep I heard him barking which he rarely does.  I came down to check on him to see what he needed.  I adjusted him and gave him a treat, but he was still not relaxing.  At this point, I understood that he was barking because he didn’t want to be alone downstairs and, in his condition, he was unable to come and find me.  I moved his bed next to the couch, petted him until he fell asleep and spent the night next to him.

This experience with my dog was a good reminder to me of a lesson in life.  Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is to just simply be there for them – listen, hold their hand, give them a hug, show them kindness, etc.  We can’t solve every issue, even though we’d like to.  At times, the best we can do is just be there for someone, so they don’t feel alone.

A trick I have relied on many times.  Have you ever had to go to work (or somewhere else) after a fight with your spouse, getting bad news about something, or feeling like there is something you’d much rather be thinking about than work?  This happens to all of us at some point and can be difficult to deal with. 

What I have found effective over the years is compartmentalizing.  When I get to work, I know my patients need me to be on my game.  I must give them the courtesy of my full attention and provide the very care possible.  If I am distracted about something this cannot happen.  Therefore, if I have something on my mind, I tell myself it must go into “the box” and I compartmentalize by imaging putting my trouble into a steel box and locking it away.  It doesn’t mean I am ignoring the problem or not acknowledging its existence.  Rather, it is an act or prioritization – I make myself focus completely on the task at hand without worrying about anything else.  Once I have finished what I need to, I allow myself to reopen that box and deal with whatever I must.  Years ago, as my first marriage was falling apart, I had to do this on an almost daily basis to get through a workday.  Last year when my brother-in-law died, I also had to use this technique.  Your mind cannot be in two places at once so use “the box” to help you focus and prioritize better.

Some quotes I love.

“The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

“The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately.”

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” – Confucius

“Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.” – Mahatma Ghandi

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – August 20th

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On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

A concept I took from coaching that I apply to life.  Years ago, as I was beginning to coach, I happened to run across the saying “you are either coaching it or allowing it.”  Quite simply, this means that you are either encouraging a certain behavior or it is permeating because you have failed to address the problem.  If my players are not hustling, arguing, not following instructions, etc. then it is my fault either because I taught it to them or allowed it to continue. There are few situations that can’t be brought back to the simple question of “am I coaching this or allowing it?”

It is also excellent advice for everyday life.  If you are around negative people, then you taught them to be that way or failed to get away from them.  If you’re not meeting your goals and are unhappy, you either want it that way or are unwilling to do what it takes to get to a better place.  With everything you do, you are either manifesting something or letting it happen.

Something I do not like to hear and what I prefer to do instead.  “It’s really tough so I’m…”  I hear a version of this all the time, and it usually begins with a desired outcome or behavior and then is followed by an excuse taking the form of “but it’s hard.”  We’ve all done this, but the reality is that almost anything worth doing or achieving will be hard.  I’m yet to read the biography of someone that talks about how easy their life was on the way to success or triumph. 

Rather than spend time explaining and focusing on why something is so hard, deconstruct it for yourself.  What are the hurdles?  How can you overcome them?  What would be a solid first step to solving the issue?  I find that taking these simple steps changes something that seems too hard or overwhelming and feeds you confidence that you might just be able to succeed after all!

I concept I take from my athletic career and use regularly.  When I played football in high school and college, I learned the term “playing hurt.”  This doesn’t mean that you play through serious injuries but refers to getting out there when you aren’t at 100%.  Maybe you’re sore, slightly hobbled, feeling sick, unmotivated, don’t feel like being there, etc.  but you still go and play.

I have found this invaluable in life as well.  My job is to help my patients who are not feeling well.  As a result, I never miss work unless it’s for an event or vacation.  When my life has gone through turbulent times, haven’t felt well, have been in physical pain, you name it, I have still been there, and my patients never know because I refuse to show them, I’m not at full strength.  I use this in other aspects of life is well, but the point is, most of us are rarely at 100% and there will always be reasons to quit, skip, or avoid our responsibilities.  The best policy is to suit up and show up unless you absolutely cannot, and those instances are extremely rare!

A great practice to either begin or continue.  I am a huge proponent of alone time.  It is not because I want a break from my family or patients, merely because the time alone allows me the time to get myself properly primed for the world and situations around me.  Sometimes I take this alone time before anyone is awake, sometimes while running, other times just pulling weeds in my yard.  Regardless of how I go about it, I take some time to think through issues, prepare for things of importance and reflect on things I can improve.  Make sure you find some time for yourself in a day so that you can do the same!

Something I told my sons recently.  My oldest son is on the high school football team.  One of the players has a form of autism (this is my diagnosis based on what I’ve seen and know).  At a practice last week, he came up and began talking to me and my two younger sons.  He was very kind and polite and was especially nice to my 3-year-old.  I really found him to be a good kid.  From a distance, I noticed a few of the other players kind of mocking him and at their game the next day, they chanted his name but not in a way that I felt was meant to support him, but rather as if he were the butt of the joke.  I was mad and upset.  My son had no role in it (and was unaware it even happened because he was playing so much, plus he wouldn’t anyway) but I shared my feelings with him and his brother. 

I told him that anyone that would make fun of someone or mock someone like that was inherently insecure and weak themselves.  These are never the type of people you want around you because they are always the first to leave when any challenge arises and will follow the pack regardless of whether it is right or not.  Furthermore, I expressed my admiration for the young man who was willing to show up with no friends on the team and play an incredibly physical sport, all with a smile on his face.  That type of person is someone I want around because they are strong in the face of adversity and never abandon the people they care about.  Most of the toughest and most successful people I know would never take the time to put someone else down but will always take the time to lift someone else up.  Be that type of person.

Some quotes I love.

“I just told my wife “I’m sorry we have to raise children in these dystopian times.”  She recalled a quote she read just today: “Never feel sorry for raising dragon slayers in a time where there are actual dragons.”  – someone sent this to me, not sure where it’s from

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

“When the whole world is running toward a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” – C.S. Lewis

“Nobody is coming to save you.  So, save yourself.” – Ray Care

“If you can’t win in an imperfect circumstance, you are not good enough to win it.  If everything has to be perfect, then you have to get better.” – Kyle Dake

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – August 13th

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On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  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 often in practice.  When I meet with new patients, they often tell me how high their pain tolerance is but then follow up with how much pain medication (prescription and/or over the counter) they take daily.  I bring this up, to point out, that pain is a message that your body gives you that something is amiss.  Your body is prompting you to do some investigating, find the issue and figure out what it will take to correct.  Masking these signals with medication does not mean that you have a superhuman ability to endure pain, it means you are blocking those signals and the issue remains. 

Pain medication certainly has a place, but it is not meant (or designed) as a long-term solution.  A body that feels pain is simply transmitting a signal in the same way your car does when the check engine light comes on.  What you choose to do with that information is up to you but seeking to fix a problem will always be more effective than covering it up.

A concept I love.  There is a Navy SEAL I follow on social media that talked recently about “spot checks” – times when another person will look in on you and make sure you’re living up to your potential.  He used an example of a friend texting, saying he was in town and asking if he wanted to go on a long run together.  This was a “spot check” of sorts to see if he was still staying in shape.

I love this concept not because I have people showing up at my door and looking to race me, but I like the overall premise which is to always be living my brand.  When someone sees me at a restaurant, I will be eating healthy, neighbors will see me leaving my house to go run, my kids will see and hear me working out in my yard or garage, I will always give each individual patient the best treatment I possibly can on each visit, etc.  I want to behave as though at any second if someone were to show up and “spot check” my behavior, they would have proof that I am living by example!

A trait I often find that is missing.  I notice more and more that the difference in levels of success has far less to with talent or circumstances than intensity.  I see this among business owners, athletes, you name it.  Let’s use business as our example.  Person 1 sends out emails, does mailings, performs the basics of what they think should build business and sees little or no return. They tell anyone who will listen how much they’ve done and cry the blues that nothing has come back to them.  These people are usually already on a countdown to quitting.

Person 2 does the same thing but with more intensity.  As a result, they adjust, try new things, and refuse to take no for an answer.  They spend no time complaining and work until they begin to see results at which point, they gain confidence in addition to their intensity.  If you’re not gaining the traction you want in each endeavor, take a hard look at the intensity you are (or are not) bringing forth.

An analogy I think works.  Have you ever had a car sit too long in a garage or in your driveway and when you go to start it back up the battery is dead?  It’s a bummer and could easily have been avoided by simply starting the car up at least a couple times per week. 

Your body is similar in this regard.  If it is not used, it will lose power and be much harder to get going when you decide you want to.  Rather than allow this to happen, make sure you’re keeping it regularly active.  This includes exercise of all types, walking, hiking, biking, and/or countless other options.  Choose whatever works best for you but remember that if you don’t use it, you will lose it so keep moving!

Some quotes I love.

“Imagine eating the exact same dinner every day because you only have the same ingredients.  The only hope is going out to procure different ingredients.  It’s the same with the trajectory of your life.  It’s made up of the ingredients you’ve had so far.  Want a different life?  Go get new ingredients.” – Kevin Miller

“If you run with the lame, you will develop a limp.” – Louie Simmons

“A wise man once said, ‘be careful who you let on your ship, because some people will sink the whole ship just because they can’t be the captain’.” – Tim Kennedy

“Freedom is not free.  Freedom comes with responsibility.  The responsibility that comes with having free speech and free access to information, you have to do your own research on both sides of any issue if you don’t want to be an idiot.” – Colion Noir

“Lions never forget who poked them through the cage.” – Ray Care

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On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

A concept I believe in.  Competing in ultramarathons as I do; I am often running and alone with my thoughts for hours at a time (as many as 30 in my longest races).  What I’ve learned is that your mind is your biggest strength and your greatest weakness.  To maximize strength and minimize weakness, you must avoid negotiating with your own mind. 

The reason for this, is that your mind has a built-in protective mechanism.  When things get tough or challenging, your mind will do all it can to get you to stop and seek comfort.  It will tell you you’ve done enough, it really doesn’t matter, you’re too tired, you could get hurt, etc., but it’s all nonsense.  Conversely, if you can use your mind to think positively then you will find yourself pushing past your previous perceived limits and shattering goals you didn’t know you could.  Both outcomes are always possible, the biggest variable is your mind.  The mind is a tricky thing so be aware that anytime you start doing something hard, your mind will begin trying to convince you to stop.  Don’t negotiate with terrorists and that includes your own mind!

Can you get adjusted too much?  I suppose this is theoretically possible under the right circumstances though extremely unlikely.  Even in chiropractic school when we practiced on one another so often (and weren’t yet good at doing so!) it never became a problem.  My receptionists usually ask to be adjusted daily (their choice not mine) and notice excellent improvements as opposed to more sporadic care.  When I’ve worked with other chiropractors, I usually received daily adjustments because of the benefits it provides me. 

In my experience, when people are getting adjusted even somewhat more frequently, they begin to have less vertebrae that are misaligned and soon need fewer adjustments to maintain a healthy spine.  Each individual case is different but well-performed adjustments would be difficult to over-do. 

A type of workout I’ve been enjoying.  With my two youngest children being 3 and (almost) 1 years of age, I spend a decent amount of time in parks.  This week, I’ve been taking them to the parks before 7am when it’s relatively cool outside.  As I’m there, I play with them and will work out around them as well for fun.  This includes pullups, dips, pushups, abdominal and core exercises, jump squats and more.  It’s enjoyable for me, the little ones think it’s funny and mimic what I do.  This plants a seed in their young minds that exercise is important and enjoyable while allowing me to exercise with my kiddos in a unique way.

An Interesting observation.  I had several random conversations this week that brought about a similar theme.  Though the details varied, the essence of each conversation was “I’m really stressed so I’ve been making bad choices physically, mentally and nutritionally.”  Each person went on to explain in detail why this was the case.

What interested me was that no one ever says that they’re too stressed to do the right things but often use this as an excuse to do the wrong things.  Have you ever heard “I’ve been feeling down so I started exercising and eating better to help myself out”?  Likely not.  None of us like to feel anxious, stressed, etc., but doing things we know are wrong and that don’t benefit us is certain to only worsen the problem.  Things won’t always be perfect but if we’re trying to get through a tough time and we know bad choices will make it even tougher, we should avoid them. 

Some quotes I love.

“The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Terry Pratchett

“I’ve found that the areas that I complain about the most are directly tied to the places where I need firmer boundaries.” – Nedra Glover Tawwab

“Don’t punish yourself for making poor decisions but be relentless on yourself for standing still.” – Tom Bilyeu

“All that matters is how you feel about yourself when you are by yourself.” – Tom Bilyeu

“I always think more of a man who keeps his word and less of a man who doesn’t.  Integrity is a simple litmus test and universal principle of trust, credibility, and influence.” – Ryan Michler

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