Monday Morning Motivation | Down Time

Posted by Bill Esteb on Apr 20th 2024

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Getting our self-worth from our work is common, especially among those for whom chiropractic is a calling.

But there’s a dark side that can emerge from a light schedule or a couple of no shows or several sudden cancellations.

This triggers many to imagine that this is the end. They’ve lost their mojo. It won’t be long before they’re living in a cardboard box under the bridge.

Really? You’re not a machine that becomes worthless if it’s not online stamping out metal parts!

Tame this common inclination by starting with the language used to describe the circumstance in which you aren’t adjusting patients. Stop calling it “down time.”

When did being busy become the goal?

Are you living that close to the edge?

Is “busy” a convenient avoidance strategy?

Being effective, creating impact and leaving a legacy require self-reflection, stillness, and preparation. Which rarely occur in the heat of battle.

Dear Bill | Downtime Freaks Me Out


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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, coaching program, 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.