Ask some chiropractors what they want and they'll often answer, "To be busier."
The word choice is revealing.
Notice that it's not to help more people. Or provide an alternative to risky drugs or irreversible surgery. Or correcting birth trauma. Or to become the world's expert in headache correction.
Nope. They merely want to be busier.
Being busy is easy. Virtually any digital device will fill the bill.
Busy often has an element of avoidance about it. Avoiding a difficult conversation. Confronting an under performing team member. Knowing your precise financial health. Intimacy with your spouse. Facing a difficult decision. Etc.
Instead of being busy, do what the Edison's and Einstein's did. Look for occasions to simply sit and be still. Clear your mind. Connect with God. Listen.
It's the secret of highly effective people who create significance and make a lasting difference. Which rarely happens if you're too busy.
This avoidance strategy is based on the "ignorance is bliss" principle. In other words, if I don't look or engage or know how bad something is I won't have to deal with it.
This not creates clutter and complexity in our lives but it's a form of self-sabotage. Whatever we're afraid to look at holds us in bondage. Which creates friction, distraction and a false sense of security.
I should know. Between 2001 and 2003 when I was getting Patient Media going I suddenly found myself in a major cash flow crunch and unable to pay my bills on time.
It didn't happen overnight. If I had been willing to look at my finances I could have reduced the impact of our cash needs. Instead, it took five years to dig out and clean things up. All because I avoided looking.
Granted the truth can be hard to face. That doesn't make it bad. Just hard. But once you do, there is a peace that surpasses all understanding. Proof that the truth does set us free.
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 Parker Seminars and other chiropractic gatherings since 1985. He is the author of 12 books that 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 helps hundreds of chiropractors around the world. His Monday Morning Motivation is emailed to over 10,000 chiropractors each week.