Monday Morning Motivation | Making Change

Posted by Bill Esteb on Dec 23rd 2023

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Change is often difficult because of the momentum created by our past. To overcome this powerful headwind, consider these five issues:

Beliefs – Our beliefs have been derived from our experiences. During the first couple of decades, we looked for patterns to explain this life we found ourselves experiencing.

Assumptions – Constant critical thinking is exhausting. Instead, we take a shortcut to reach a conclusion of what is so. Frequently they are incorrect.

Theories – In an attempt to make sense of our reality, we identify principles and establish models. Remember, the map is not the territory.

Habituations – As various rituals get repeated, they often become “locked in,” and more and more of our life becomes unconscious repetition.

Culture – Consider the influence of family, friends and professional acquaintances. "People like us, do things like this" keeps us between the rails.

Actioning new ideas and producing significant change come close to being a miracle.


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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.