During The Centre for Powerful Practices Power Hour in February 2012 with guest speaker Dr John Demartini, I was asked the question:
“In your experience, what are the best ways for a Chiropractic Assistant (CA) to bring purpose to their work and balance to their life?”
I’d love to share with you my thoughts and answer to this important question.
The way the question is phrased actually helps to answer it because when a CA finds purpose in their work, then that amazingly createsbalance in their lives. It is the inside out approach (just like Chiropractic).
Finding Purpose is about clarifying WHY you are there. When you find a big enough why, you will excel in your role as a CA and create JOY in what you do. Dr John Demartini repeatedly says “love what you do and do what you love”. These are such wise and powerful words.
These theories sound good – yet how does a CA really find purpose.
Firstly, CAs need to immerse themselves in the Chiropractic message, learning about the inside-out, natural approach. The easiest (and for DCs, the most economical way) is for you to share Chiropractic stories. OH, did I say the wrong thing and some of you are aghast at breaking client confidentiality? NO, I meant what I said. You can share case histories without divulging names. You can even show x-rays by deleting names so that the CAs can see from inside-out not only how Chiropractic works but how the Chiropractor works. The more stories and miracles they hear and the more seminars they attend, the greater their passion becomes.
CAs, make sure that you read, ‘CHICKEN Soup For the Chiropractic Soul’ by Canfield, Hansen and Mancini and ‘You Can Expect A Miracle’ by Dr John Hinwood (especially Dr Gilles Lamarche story on page 69). Listen to recordings by the greats – for example, two of my favourites are Dr John Demartini and Dr Reggie Gold. What an amazing legacy Dr Reggie Gold has left our entire profession and he will be fondly remembered. I am so grateful that over two decades ago, when I first became a CA, I was blessed to learn from these two amazing men and many others.
To find balance, the CA needs to see work as SERVICE. Dr James Parker said “LSMFT”.
LSMFT = Loving Service My First Technique
CAs, when you show up to serve and your Purpose is to:
- Serve others, or;
- Spread the word of Chiropractic;
- Assist your clients to Optimal Health;
- Bring smiles to people’s faces and to their hearts by showing that you care, using words of love and encouragement, and by placing a gentle hand on their arm;
- Your purpose may even be as big as – To make the world a better place.
When you find joy in what you do by serving, then this creates a genuine purpose.
There will be challenges and we can feel all out of balance even when we have a clear purpose. One example I will l never forget was when I answered the telephone and there was a real trickster on the other end. I thought it was one of our regular clients and when they asked “Is there a Chiropractor in the house?” I replied in a cheery voice, “No Chiropractors in this house!” They hung up!!!!! Was my balance thrown out the window? YES it was! I actually rang the client who I thought it was and he said it wasn’t him OH DEAR!!! Did I cause a New Client to hang up? I’ll actually never really know. I am now always MUCH more aware on the telephone and don’t jump to conclusions. We are all human and things happen, so we need to be able to revert back to our purpose and this will help us to find balance or, more importantly, HARMONY in work and life.
Life is a roller coaster: you have your ups and downs. You can enjoy the ride, unless you fall off. The secret to not falling off, is to use some glue on your seat – the glue is your purpose, your WHY that will enable you to ride the bumps and it will be the cement to stand you up again! CA’s honestly, practice can be like a roller coaster. With its ups & downs, twists and turns, steep climbs and even steeper descents, fun, laughs, sadness, tears and JOY!!!!
I used to think life was like a roller coaster UNTIL Dr Carol Ann Malizia used the analogy of a blender to describe life. I love this:
Carol Ann says life rotates like a blender: As it goes around, it gets smoother and smoother and when more ingredients are added (change), some lumps will appear. When we blend a bit more, (ie. work, play, change belief systems, get clearer on our purpose, etc.) the lumps eventually iron out again and things become smooth. Some big chunks can be added from time to time and these can take longer to smooth out, the key is to keep blending until it all works out.
One of my greatest lessons in life is to graciously accept the lumps because if I keep ignoring them, life gets very messy. If I ignore them for too long and forget to blend, the lumps become hard and difficult to mix. Life then becomes drudgery and it is nearly impossible to see the “smoothie” at the end of the tunnel.
Life is like a blender – when you add PURPOSE,
it gets smoother!
The clearer a CA’s purpose, the more they will look at the practice as theirs and be part of a team.
A CA who knows their purpose has a more balanced life. They have more harmony because they jump out of bed with a spring in their step looking forward to their day, and they exercise regularly and look after themselves, because as well as loving what they do, they in turn love life and make the most of it.
To thy own self, be true. Look inside, see what is needed to balance you and to harmonise your life. It may be more exercise or meditation, it may be better nutrition. Do a self-reflection and go back to what works – the people who support and inspire you, the books, videos and audios that ground and centre you as well as lift you up, and stay true to your values. This is how you create purpose and balance in life and work.
Berni Ireland CCA lives Chiropractic. Berni is a Mentor, Coach and Principal CA Tutor for The Centre for Powerful Practices. You hear of awesome Chiropractic Assistants who have an unstoppable passion. Berni surely fits into this dynamic group and is a leader and inspiration to the Chiropractic community.
Berni has had great success in helping her clients transform their lives and create their dream practices. She has also become renowned for her transformational work in Life Coaching. Berni lives with her husband Michael on the Gold Coast Queensland Australia.