When was the last time you did something for the first time?
This is a good indicator as to whether we're still dreaming and setting goals, or whether we're merely drifting, going through the motions.
Seeing our lives as something to endure and "get through" may be one of the most common deceptions. It steals our passion and potential.
Ask most people what they want and you'll likely be greeted with a blank stare. However, they can often tell you what they don't want.
I blame the media. It has taught us to fear the world and play it safe. Fear attracts eyeballs. If it bleeds, it leads. It's good for ratings. It conspires to lower our expectations as we voyeuristically watch the latest reality show or fritter away our time comparing ourselves with others on social media.
Wake up. Break the trance. Experience the adventure. Take some risks. Live!
A helpful technique would be to go on a media fast.
You could decide to disengage from all forms of media for the rest of the year. That means no commercial television, radio, newspapers, news feeds, blogs, social media and all the rest.
If that sounds scary you really need to do this.
Granted, it means you won't be able to monitor the impeachment proceedings. You won't know about Brexit. You'll be oblivious to trade embargoes, fires, Hollywood gossip and all the rest.
Most of what passes for news is irrelevant to your life and practice. All it does is produce needless worry, apprehension and feelings of unease. Which doesn't help you show up as the upbeat, inspiring and enthusiastic cheerleader for your patients.
Not only will you see your mood lift by choosing not to participate in the fear mongering in the media, you'll suddenly have some extra time on your hands.
Use it to read, think, write, plan and simply be still and listen.
You might just discover that "knowing what's going on" is over rated. If not, you can always go back to the fake news, lies and conflict designed to captivate your attention so it can be sold to advertisers.
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 helped hundreds of chiropractors around the world. His Monday Morning Motivation is emailed to over 10,000 subscribers each week.