What is the key to being perpetually inspired?
Well, it’s not actually a key. You can have a set of keys or a box of success tools but unless you know how to use them and want to use them, they are useless.
For example, I can have a great library and excellent resources, like “The Green Books’, Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul, “Vital Truth” by Sarah Farrant or a beautifully printed set of Parker Principles. I need to know how to use these and, more importantly, I need to own them.
They can motivate me like some of the cheer leader speakers we hear but how long will that last?
Motivation works from the outside-in, similar to taking drugs to mask symptoms. Motivation masks apathy and disinterest and it wears off. Chiropractors and CA’s, what we need is the inside-out approach (sound familiar?). YES, it’s like chiropractic working from above-down-inside-out!
If we replace motivation with the INSPIRATION that comes from within, we use many keys to start the ignition, turn off the apathy and truly work and live with purpose and passion and we begin to live the idea that if it’s going to be it starts with me!
Inspiration comes from unveiling why you do what you do. You may be motivated to have a job and earn a living. This is living on a superficial level. When you are inspired by who you are and what you do, for example if you live the chiropractic lifestyle and see your own health flourish and your energy increase, then your energy and your knowledge becomes a source of inspiration that drives you to be a role model for your clients. You then follow your chiropractic schedule, have your own Progressive and Comparative Examinations, essentially you WALK your TALK.
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When you unveil your ‘why’ it becomes natural to do whatever it takes to achieve you purpose.
This shows from inside-out. People not only see you they actually feel you!
Your genuine smile will make a heart to heart connection. Gentle eye contact connects you with your clients (and others). Your ability and willingness to use and remember people’s names becomes easier if you have a powerful purpose behind what you do.
Your enthusiasm to share many and varied chiropractic miracles becomes a daily habit and this leads to you confidently asking for referrals.
The Law of Precession, as described by Buckminster Fuller, says that “when you throw a pebble in the pond, ripples come off at right angles and these ripples are consequences”. So for instance, if you start with the right pebble like knowing why you get out of bed in the morning (your purpose), then the positive ripples/consequences will automatically follow.
As Socrates says know ‘your why’ and ‘your what’ and ‘the how’ will show up. This is so true. For example, if you know that your purpose is to “Make the World a Better Place” and your vision is to be a healing icon in your community and to create a thriving family practice, then your mission or your “how” will naturally be to look after yourself with adjustments, exercise, nutrition, positive authentic thoughts.
Your mission will also clearly guide you to provide excellent service to clients through having effective systems and procedures that are updated at regular meetings.
Team meetings are a regular source of inspiration, stories and fun. The consequences of this positive ripple of your Purpose, Vision and Mission will show up in people drawn to you, those who want to be in your space and want to bring in their friends.
If you’re there for the wrong reasons, the consequences will create a downhill spiral. If anyone in the team is there for the wrong reasons, allow them to move on and find their real purpose, otherwise they will create a lessor healing environment in the ripples (sometimes apathy) they put out.
Bottom line – the ingredients for perpetual inspiration comes from me / within me and then I am willing to use all the keys to achieve my purpose with passion, drive and determination.
In addition, use consistent repeated, repeated, repeated daily rituals. I suggest you review your daily rituals by asking considering:
- What are your waking thoughts?
- Are you saying repeated positive affirmations?
- How and what are you feeding your mind on a daily basis?
- What are you feeding your body?
- What is your exercise routine?
- How do you acknowledge yourself?
- Do you read and write your goals?
- Have you shown gratitude?
- How do you end your day?
- What are your thoughts before sleep?
Continue, or begin, using positive daily rituals. Check that you are not “should-ing” on yourself. For example, “I should exercise more”, “I should do Health Care Workshops”, I” should be busier” etc. “Should-ing” is disempowering and you only end up having ‘should’ all over you!
So the keys are to know why you show up.
People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.
Write and read your Purpose, Vision, and Mission and then step into it and live it with all the enthusiasm and passion you can muster with the support of daily rituals. Then you will be perpetually inspired.