Monday Morning Motivation | Subtraction or Addition?

Posted by Bill Esteb on Dec 24th 2021

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"If I ignore it, maybe it'll go away."

It's a common thought process many patients experience, before eventually making a call to your practice.

Chiropractors use this technique too. Whether it's an underperforming front desk CA, a spouse who wishes to live beyond your means or countless annoyances and frustrations of running a small business.

Putting these issues into language, on paper, through the process of journaling, helps sort them out. Permitting them to linger as thoughts or chronic irritations simply give them fuel.

Sure, when you put it down in words it will feel more real. And confronting. Even scary. That's the point.

But remember:

1. You can never leave a place you've never admitted to having been, and

2. Healing is about going through, not around.

Medicine enables people to go around. "Here, take this."

However, success is usually about subtracting rather than adding; shedding rather than acquiring.


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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.