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.
A lesson that has helped me. When I was in my first two years of high school, my grandfather with whom I was extremely close, was battling bone cancer. He was a proud and tough man, was a boxer in his younger years and knew everyone in the large town in which he lived. Much of my personality comes from him and one lesson in particular has been extremely valuable to me.
Going through such a tough battle, my grandfather was counted out many times. However, he loved gathering at the holidays with his family, so he would always set a goal to attend the next holiday gathering. To do so, he had to endure great amounts of pain while showing courage and mental strength.
I have been in many tough situations in my life and often think back to this to keep me going. I learned this lesson at a young age, but it took some time for me to learn to apply it properly. The lesson it reinforced for me was to never give up and never forget your “why.” When your why is strong enough, you can achieve and overcome far more than you ever dreamed.
A trait I admire. Toughness is a trait that I truly admire. When I say that, you may have the idea that I’m referring to big muscles and physical prowess. That can apply, but toughness to me goes far beyond the physical. In my opinion, toughness is about mental strength, determination, and tenacity in the face of obstacles.
I like to feel I can identify toughness easily. Unfortunately, I do not see it as often as I’d like these days. However, it is always interesting to me where it can be found. Some of the truly toughest people I have encountered are women and/or mothers for example. Toughness usually bares itself with a quiet and humbled resolve to keep going. Many of the people whom I consider the toughest would likely never refer to themselves as such, but truly are.
Something worth trying. Recently, I have been going through the process of evaluating various aspects of my life and asking myself what 3-5 things I could improve. For example, I ask myself this question as a chiropractor, father, husband, athlete, coach, and more.
The goal of this endeavor is not to become negative, but rather to look for avenues of improvement. It’s been worth it for me to find small changes or additions I can make to improve myself. The beauty of doing this is, you’re coming up with answers before you’re forced to. You can identify ways to improve without being in an emotional or crisis state. Give this a try, I promise it will be worth it!
Something I believe. As a chiropractor, I am a believer that whenever possible you should seek out a cure to a problem rather than masking it. This applies in many ways. One way in particular is creating the best version of you possible.
This means that if you want more money, better relationships, whatever; you must produce the best version of yourself possible. If you do that, those things will come more easily. There is not an endeavor or situation you can name that would not benefit from you being the best version of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and more. Become the best you possible mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. and you will be thrilled at what it leads to in your life.
Some quotes I love.
“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Tim Ferriss
“Only the fittest of the fittest shall survive, stay alive.” – Bob Marley, Could You Be Loved
“Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were.”
“When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.” – Rumi
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