Monday Morning Motivation | Encountering Constraints

Posted by Bill Esteb on Oct 9th 2021

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What's your strategy when you encounter a constraint, objection or obstacle?

Blame – The fault is always with something "out there." Or we believe the accuser who tells us we're not smart enough or good enough.

Opposition – There's an attempt to counter with an equal or greater force. This gives the opposition strength and legitimacy because what you resist, persists.


Helplessness – An unhelpful victim mentality can emerge as we surrender our spirit. Most of what we see as insurmountable is merely head trash, faulty beliefs or a lack of faith.

Resignation – Powerlessness has degenerated into detachment. Go along to get along. The loss of freedom provokes the Stockholm Syndrome as we side with our captors.

Creativity – Necessity is the mother of invention. Virtually every innovation and advancement is the result of unleashing imagination, inspiration and creating possibilities.

The approach we take reveals our character, worldview and even our identity.

Choose wisely.


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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, 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.