Monday Morning Motivation | Have to. Want to. Get to.

Posted by Bill Esteb on Nov 25th 2023

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On Monday mornings do you have to, want to or get to go to the practice?

Have to. This is often due to something or someone compelling us to act. Are there expectations be fulfilled? Being saddled with high levels of personal debt falls into this category. As does the misplaced belief that we have no other choices.

Want to. This is a sign of emotional engagement. We bring our problem-solving skills to bear and a deep commitment to outcomes. But remember, you can’t help someone who doesn’t want it. Be sure to observe fastidious boundaries, avoiding wanting it more than they do.

Get to. What an honor to partner with patients. Not only are you in a position of trust, you get to witness the countless possibilities that come with restoring nervous system integrity. The reverberations touch everything your patients do and everyone they know.

Wow, what a privilege!


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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.