It's hard to see new possibilities if our experiences remain unchanging. New surroundings can provoke new ways of seeing things. It's why vacations can be so helpful in growing a practice.
Yet, many chiropractors shun vacations. They think there's a perfect time to re-lax and re-create.
"I should wait until I'm busier," they reason.
"I'm too busy to take time away from the practice," they brag.
"We can't afford it now," they tell themselves.
"I'm afraid to the lose the momentum," they worry.
"I don't deserve a vacation," they grumble.
Maybe they don't know the purpose of a vacation.
Like crop rotation, it's crucial to be fallow for a season. To get unstuck or solve a vexing problem it's helpful to see matters from a fresh vantage point.
A vacation doesn't necessarily require a passport and a suitcase. You just need to create a clearing so new possibilities can emerge.
Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He’s been a regular speaker at chiropractic gatherings since 1985. His 12 books explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view. His chiropractic blog, in-office consultations, patient focus groups and consulting calls have helped hundreds of chiropractors around the world. Since 1999 Monday Morning Motivation has been emailed to over 10,000 subscribers each week.