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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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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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Power of Creativity

Earl Hits a High NoteImagination is not the same as creativity. Creativity takes the process of imagination to another level. My definition of creativity is “the process of having original ideas that have value.” Imagination can be entirely internal. You could be imaginative all day long without anyone noticing. But you would never say that someone was creative if that person never did something. To be creative you actually have to do something. It involves putting your imagination to work to make something new, to come up with new solutions to problems, even to think of new problems or questions.

YOU CAN THINK OF CREATIVITY AS APPLIED IMAGINATION.

Sir Ken Robinson, The Element

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2014 in Inspiration, Purpose

 

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The Element by Ken Robinson, Ph.D

The ElementWhat most businesses need is a training program for their employees and executives so that they can reach their full potential. I’ve created such programs for every position in a modern business. Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite books on this subject. I would recommend that you read it and have your employees do so too. You’ll see a major change in yourself and them. Paul Turnbull, Purpose Consultant

The Element by Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

I use the term the Element to describe the place where the things we love to do and the things we are good at come together. I believe it is essential that each of us find his or her Element, not simply because it will make us more fulfilled but because, as the world evolves, the very future of our communities and institutions will depend on it.

We need to create environments—in our schools, in our workplaces, and in our public offices—where every person is inspired to grow creatively. We need to make sure that all people have the chance to do what they should be doing to discover the Element in themselves and in their own way.

Being in our Element depends on finding our own distinctive talents and passions. Why haven’t most people found this? One of the most important reasons is that most people have a very limited conception of their own natural capacities.

This is true in several ways. The first limitation is in our understanding of the range of our capacities. We are all born with extraordinary powers of imagination, intelligence, feeling, intuition, spirituality, and of physical and sensory awareness. For the most part, we use only a fraction of these powers, and some not at all. Many people have not found their Element because they don’t understand their own powers.

The second limitation is in our understanding of how all of these capacities relate to each other holistically. For the most part, we think that our minds, our bodies, and our feelings and relationships with others operate independent of each other, like separate systems. Many people have not found their Element because they don’t understand their true organic nature.

The third limitation is in our understanding of how much potential we have for growth and change. For the most part, people seem to think that life is linear, that our capacities decline as we grow older, and that opportunities we have missed are gone forever. Many people have not found their Element because they don’t understand their constant potential for renewal. This limited view of our own capacities can be compounded by our peer groups, by our culture, and by our own expectations of ourselves. A major factor for everyone, though, is education.”

 

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Chiropractic Christmas

Inspiration RightT’was the day before Christmas,
but there was no cheer.
No jingle bells jingled, no sound of reindeer.
The word had got out that Santa was sick.
There’d be no friendly visit from jolly St. Nick. The people were sad; no gaiety sounded.For Christmas had come, but Santa was grounded.

He walked down the street,
and what should he see?
On a small sign was printed, Family Life Chiropractic

Now, Santa was not one to like a new tactic,
But all else had failed, so he’d try Chiropractic.
He entered the office and saw at a glance
In a place such as this illness hasn’t a chance.

For all were smiling; the music was snappy,
With all the patients contented and happy.
In a very short time, to judge by the clock,
He was in the adjusting room, talking to Doc.

“It must be the hurry, the tension and all.
I simply can’t seem to get on the ball.
Life used to be easy, just toys, guns and whistles.
Now I have to dodge fall-out,
space ships and missiles.”

And Doc, take a look at the size of this pack!
Have you any idea what it does to my back?
Poor Santa was miserable; just barely able
With the help of the doctor, to get to the table.

The doctor was gentle. Without fuss or tussle
He examined the vertebrae
and relaxed the muscles.
He spotted the trouble, and then with a click,
Started aligning the ailing St. Nick.

And Santa felt aches and pains slipping away.
In no time at all he began to feel gay.
The air was a tingle with a new fallen snow.
And a healthy Kris Kringle was rarin’ to go.

As he went out the door, he threw all a kiss.
Why, it has been centuries since
he’d felt as good as this!
Then once more he shouldered the bag full of toys.
His heart overflowing with true Christmas joys.

So, may we, your friends, echo this cheer?

Merry Christmas to you
and to all a good year!

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Chiropractic, Purpose

 

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I’ve Fallen Down and Can’t Get Up by Rolly Polly

image descriptionThere is an urgency for people to realize that when they eat toxic foods they are going to gain weight and have health problems. When I was doing the promotion and marketing for my Chiropractic clinic I would write local newspaper articles with titles like “I’ve Fallen Down and Can’t Get Up” for chiropractic and spinal decompression and “Certain Foods are Driving Children Crazy” for nutritional products my partners and I carried. We had a monthly workshop usually on Weight Loss and I created a PowerPoint presentation for that. I also did patient photos and testimonials that I put into a press book and left in the clinic for others to read.

Another new patient attractor was a line of whole food products that transformed patients to a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss was the key factor but what the patients also got was more energy and a desire to exercise which we all know is crucial to a patient’s overall success.

I’ve recently come across a nutritional system that has all the above prepackaged for me and I’m doing this type of promotion to transform family and friends to a healthy lifestyle. It can also be another source of income for any health care professional, Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, MD, Massage Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Life Coach, or individual wanting to be an entrepreneur.

I will speak to anyone on the subjects of health and nutrition. Leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Paul Turnbull, Purpose Consultant

 
 

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