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About purposeconsultant

I've been a consultant to businesses for the last 45 years. I have diverse experience with many different types of businesses either as owner or consultant.

Bent out of Shape

Bent out of ShapeA popular American idiom is “bent out of shape.” The most common context is to tell someone not to get bent out of shape, or upset, over a problem. Getting bent out of shape is the same as getting worked up, aggravated, or overly annoyed at something that usually can’t be helped. For example, a person might be advised to not get all bent out of shape over the fact that his physical therapy practice is going downhill at a rapid rate and is gaining momentum. It is something that you feel can not be changed, and therefore just learn to deal with it and move on.

Another use of “bent out of shape” is for something that is slightly off from what it should be, such as a saying that someone’s plans are all bent out of shape due to unforeseen circumstances. In this situation, it means that the plans that were made are messed up. Perhaps there was a lot of patients discharged that week, or one of your highest producing PTs decided to leave. Whatever the reason, the owner would not be able to complete his plans in the way that they originally had in mind. This use is not as common as the first, but is still used on occasion.

The phrase “bent out of shape” is also common when referring to broken or bent objects, or even people, which is where the phrase was originally used. If a spine is bent out of shape, it can be the cause of unbelievable pain. That is why the phrase encourages people to not get irrationally upset about small problems. It is easier to solve any issues that may come up when you have a clear head and are able to think rationally. Being upset or very emotional will make it much harder to come up with a solution. Staying calm, and not getting bent out of shape, is usually the best way to approach a predicament.

But of course, if you’re like me, the bent out of shape attitude kicks in before you have a chance to solve the problem you’re facing. At times like this you wish you could turn to someone who was all knowing and simply ask for help and receive the exact solution to all your practice problems.

What I tell clients to do is to “turn themselves in” when they can’t solve practice problems and can’t stop their declining patient numbers. I let them know that they don’t have to suffer alone. They can tell me their problems and we can suffer together. That unfortunately is what I have to do in order to come up with a solution to handle a particular practice problem. I have to assume that I am this particular PT and what I would have to do to solve this dilemma. Well it works!

Over the past few years and I’ve heard some interesting reasons as to what is holding a business down and keeping it from expanding. I’ve heard things such as “there is too much competition” and “times have changed” and “government regulations are the root of all evil and must be destroyed” I’ve heard them all.

As a business owner, I used to agree with these reasons quite a bit. When I first decided to learn how to better run my business I “turned myself in” to a consultant and I remember a particular conversation with her whereby she asked me something that I considered rather rude: she asked me why I was not successful. I was very surprised and somewhat angered that she asked me this directly. At first I didn’t answer, I just kind of looked at her and shrugged my shoulders. So she asked me again, “Why are you not as successful as you know you should be?” I said “I can’t believe you’ve asked me that question. I’ve paid you some money and you’re insulting me?” She laughed, but persisted and asked me the question again, “So tell me, why aren’t you as successful as you know you could be?” I hate to say it but I then became really angry. I went on for about 15 minutes giving all the reasons why I couldn’t be as successful as other business owners.

After blurting out all my reasons for failure, my consultant very calmly said to me, “I’m going to tell you something that might upset you. Are you ready?” I said yes. She said “Your success or failure in your business is your own doing and as soon as you really understand that, you’re on your way out of it.” At that moment in my life it was more truth than I’ve ever heard. It put me completely flat back into the chair. I said, “Wow. So what do I do?” She replied, “We’ll show you what to do, but you have to change your mind about a few things. You have to change your mind from ‘I have all these reasons why I cannot be successful’ to ‘I can and will be successful.’” So off we went and my business continued to expand from that point.

In the first sentence of this chapter I mentioned that I had a bit of a revelation when I realized something. Now I’m going to tell you what it is. After hearing very many business owners complaining about all the reasons why they aren’t doing well, I spotted this one very simple thing. They are paying attention to all the barriers to their success.

But what are the barriers? The barriers are nothing more than something that you consider will stop you. If you consider that you can’t drive new business in your doors, you’ll have trouble with that. If you consider that you can’t find good people, you’ll always look around and have a staff that you’re never quite happy with, because you can’t find good people. The truth is, you can find good people, but you consider that you cannot, so therefore you cannot.

My point is this; I realized that all my past excuses and all the excuses I’ve heard since from other business owners as to what is holding down the business are simply things that are considered or believed to be true. They are not physical barriers, such as a wall or something that you can touch – they are things that you think will hold you back.

Sometimes what is holding you back is a fear of failing, and that fear of failing keeps you from starting anything or “sticking your neck out” so to speak. Sometimes what keeps you from doing well is thinking “if you want anything done right you have to do it yourself.” That’s the hallmark of an overworked executive. With this thought in place you become exhausted and burn out while the other staff cut out early to go to a soccer game or something like that and dump the work on you.

The only barriers that are worth solving are the barriers that actually keep you from winning the game. If you aren’t sure what the game is, then you might consider any problem in your office significant enough to handle. This could be something such as having two staff members not getting along and you spending an afternoon trying to patch things up, when most likely if you’d just throw them in a room they’d work it out and you could get back to solving the barriers that are in the way of your practice goals being achieved. A true barrier is something that you must face fully and handle or you will never get to the next step.

Too often in a clinical practice the owner will have his or her attention on the “barriers” INSIDE the practice. Staff issues, reimbursement, bills, hiring needs all keep the owner and the key executive’s attention INSIDE the practice. There has to be a conscious effort to get your head OUTSIDE the practice in order to truly build the practice. To find out what the competition is doing and do it better requires that you have your head OUTSIDE the practice. Find out how to leverage the clinical results you get with your patient to get your patients to go OUTSIDE your practice and on a broad scale market your practice. You want happy patients committed to the practice and referring others. You want patients no longer suffering from their initial complaints and whose health has greatly improved. If you do this well AND you knew how to leverage the word of mouth from those successfully treated patients you would expand and FAST!

TRY THIS:

  1. Make a list of all the barriers you experience that put your attention INSIDE the practice.

For example: Personnel issues, Hiring issues, staff giving you problems, putting out fires, no time for notes, even treating patients if you are the owner, etc.

  1. Determine the amount of time you spend either worrying about of having to handle those problems that exist INSIDE the practice.

Really look at how much of your time you speak to your spouse or significant other about number 1 above versus a great OUTSIDE the practice problem that will enable your practice to expand.

  1. Rank those INSIDE problems by the detrimental effects upon the expansion of your organization if you fail to address and handle those barriers.

Put the one that if you don’t handle your business will suffer the most and rank in lower priority on down.

  1. Decide what would be the worst thing that could happen if you failed to address a few INSIDE the practice problems.

Truly look and see if perhaps you could ignore a few of the INSIDE the practice problems so you can put a bit more attention and ACTION on resolving problems OUTSIDE the practice such as how to get patients and doctors referring in greater numbers.

  1. Now take a look at the problems you are experiencing OUTSIDE your practice and determine precisely how much time you are spending in handling those problems.

The OUTSIDE problems would be those problems that put your attention outward from the day-to-day running of the practice that will create EXPANSION of your company by reaching OUTSIDE the practice to drive patients into the organization. THESE PROBLEMS ARE THE PRIMARY ONES WORTH TRULY RESOLVING.

  1. Work out a plan that will enable you to resolve more of the OUTSIDE the practice problems that impede the organization’s survival and put less attention on some of those INSIDE the practice problems.

You will likely experience some relief and would have a new or renewed expansion viewpoint.

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Posted by on July 26, 2017 in Purpose

 

Diet and Disease by Dr. Mercola

https://dietagainstdisease.com/

Two years ago I was introduced to Dr. Mercola and his work on diet and disease. I feel that his research and articles are the best way to get the necessary information to transition to a healthy lifestyle. Go ahead and discover he truth.

Paul

 

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The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

Source: The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

I found this article very informative and revealing. It makes total sense that bathing wheat and other crops in Roundup prior to harvesting is subjecting people to toxic illness.

To verify this, I went to http://www.roundup.ca and downloaded the .pdf “Preharvest Guide” which gave farmers their instructions on how to marinate crops in Roundup. Shocking.

Paul Turnbull

 
 

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Apple Cider Vinegar

apple-cider-vinegar-600x391Went to a restaurant last night to celebrate my granddaughter’s graduation from Grade 1. I ate vegetables and noodles, soup and salad. A pretty safe meal. However, when I went to walk out my left big toe was acting up making it hard to walk. I can only assume that there was MSG in the food causing arthritic pain.

This morning I woke up with the same pain. So I juiced 4 apples and added 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Now it was a bit tart but boy did it turn on the energy. I then did a full 45 minute workout with no pain! The magic of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Paul Turnbull, Purpose Consultant

 

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GENIUS – IT COULD BE YOU!

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Every now and then we hear about someone in school who is considered a genius. Exactly what is a genius, and what does it take to be one? The word “genius” is used to describe someone who possesses extraordinary intelligence. The way the world can recognize a genius is by knowing what he has accomplished. There may be geniuses who have never accomplished anything extraordinary and who never became famous, but their I.Q’s are, nevertheless, on par with those who have.

Genius is not the same as talent. To have talent, a person has to be able to do some special type of work especially well. It means he is able to acquire a certain skill very quickly and easily.

For instance, a person may have a talent for playing the piano, or ice-skating, or painting.

But genius is more than talent. A genius usually contributes something to the world which we would not have without them.

Now, it’s true that men and women of genius have usually specialized in some field such as chemistry, literature, music or art. But unless the general intelligence of such a person is exceptional, too, he would merely have talent.

Training, practice and dedication bring out genius, but true geniuses usually has tremendous drive which enables them to work hard and long and to overcome obstacles that would stop ordinary people.

In order to discover a genius or a potential genius in prospective employees,  you should have them do a Personnel Potential Analysis, IQ and Aptitude tests before you hire them.

If you are an employer you can do a free on-line Personnel Potential Analysis and evaluation by clicking on this link:http://measurablesolutions.com/personnelpotentialanalysis/

Yours in discovery,

Paul Turnbull

Executive

Measurable Solutions, Inc

 
 

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Plant Protein – What is it?

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Why don’t we bypass animal protein and simply eat amino acids?

If you want to be horrified, search the internet to see what animals like cows, pigs, chickens and even fish are forced fed on farms to fatten them up for market. Too scary to print here but I think you already know.

All we are trying to do when we eat meat, poultry and fish is get protein.

Q. What is protein?

A. “Protein is found in both animals and plants. The basic building blocks of life, amino acids, come from protein.” Mark Hyman, M.D. author of the New York Times best selling book “Ultra Metabolism.”

Q. What are Phytonutrients?

A. “Phytonutrients are healing plant chemicals, and they can be found only in certain types of carbohydrates. The prefix phyto simply means ‘plant,’ so Phytonutrients are nutrients that are found specifically in plant food. The only way you can acquire these important substances is to eat real, whole, unprocessed plant food.”

“Phytonutrients are essential to optimal health. They help to turn on genes that make you burn fat and age less quickly.” Mark Hyman, M.D.

Q. Are there amino acids in plant food?

A. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The body has twenty different amino acids that act as these building blocks. Nonessential amino acids are those that the body can synthesize for itself, provided there is enough nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen available. Essential amino acids are those supplied by the diet, since the human body either cannot make them at all or cannot make them in sufficient quantity to meet its needs. Under normal conditions, eleven of the amino acids are nonessential and nine are essential.

Humans consume many foods that contain proteins or amino acids. With the increasing emphasis on vegetarian diets, plant sources of protein are gaining in popularity. Such sources include dried beans (black, kidney, northern, red, and white beans), peas, nuts, and seeds. Although plant sources generally lack one or more of the essential amino acids, when combined with whole grains, or by eating nuts or seeds with legumes, all the amino acids can be obtained.

Conclusion: Eating plant food can give you all your essential amino acids and much, much more. Let’s leave the animals alone and eat live nutritious whole raw foods, lose weight and be healthy.

Paul Turnbull,

Purpose Consultant

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Nutrition

 

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Tesla Motors – Analysis of Success

Analysis of Tesla Motors – Elon Musk

purpose-actionA recent article was published stating that Tesla Motors was bound to fail like all the other electric car companies of the past. I stopped reading the article part way through because it is not what is really happening. Those car startup companies that failed couldn’t mass produce enough cars fast enough. Elon has done this practically overnight in car years. Plus he is moving into the battery business which is going to take off like his rocket business because now people are willing to trust all things electric. The stranglehold from the auto industry has been broken and electric is being adopted by Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Audi, etc. All thanks to Tesla. GM is doing a great job of playing catchup and might just prove to be competitive which is what Elon wants. That’s why he made all his patents public. He’s now done the same with his home and industrial battery pack.

Elon is such a genius, the average man thinks he’s being fooled. And if the investors abandon Tesla it’s only because they think they can make money elsewhere. But Tesla now has the ability to finance itself as evidenced by the gov’t debt load of 450 million that was paid off two years ago. 

To say that Tesla hasn’t turned a profit is totally false. Elon did the right thing by paying off his debts when he had an abundance of cash coming in and that cash was actually profit, meaning he was producing electric cars for more than the cost of making one.

Now I want Elon to get into natural construction materials made out of plant fiber like hempcrete so that the homes and industries are more efficient and let the power companies fall by the wayside.

Paul Turnbull

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Electric Car Companies

 

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