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.
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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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