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Next New Beginnings - September 27- 30, 2007


by Jay Handt, D.C.

I know you are thinking. What in the world does geometry have to do with chiropractic success? And Iím sure the first things that come to your mind are x-ray markings, lines of drive, Cobbís Angle, Georgeís Line, and whatever other formulas you know that are involved with structural integrity and spinal distortions.

In reality, there is only one geometric equation that will determine your ultimate level of success in practice. Can you guess what it is?

Give up? The ultimate success formula is PIE(R)2. I know you might be thinking, thatís not how you write that formula, and that p is not spelled ďPIE.Ē

Youíre right, but being in chiropractic for so many years, I tend to think about things differently (and Iím a creative speller, too!), so now Iím going to let you in on my secret formula and how to apply it in your practice and life.

To understand any equation, you need to understand each component so that you can apply it. The first component is P. P can stand for many different things in chiropractic. It can stand for philosophy, for principles, for purpose and it can even stand for practice. In this formula, P = Passion. The definition of passion is an emotion that is deeply stirring or ungovernable.

The next component is I. I often represents innate, integrity, inborn. But in this formula, I = Intention. The definition of intention is clear formulation or great deliberateness.

The component E could represent excellence, educated, examination. In this equation, E = Enthusiasm. The definition of enthusiasm is strong excitement of feeling.

So, you can understand why, in my chiropractic world, p is spelled PIE. By now, you should be wondering what the R stands for. Some of you may be thinking radiation, research, remarkable, retrolysthesis, maybe even radiculopathy. Rest assured, it isnít any of those! In my equation, R = Radical. The definition of radical is a considerable departure from the usual or traditional.

Now in geometry, pr2 equals the area of a circle. In the chiropractic formula, PIE(R) 2 equals the vast area of success you can achieve in practice and in life. In geometry, when you ďsquareĒ numbers, it means that you are multiplying that number or formula by itself. In my equation, you do just that! When applied, itís guaranteed to give you exponential growth and lifetime fulfillment. Now, letís bring this formula to life.

What Iíve always found in practice is the more passionate I am, the more excited I am. Passion is what gives me a compelling reason to step out of my comfort zone and talk to everyone I meet about chiropractic. And both you and I know that the more people you come in contact with, the greater the chance of making some of them lifetime practice members! Your passion is the big WHY, the big reason you are doing what youíre doing. Passion is your moral compass which keeps you on course towards achieving your vision.

Now multiply that passion by intention. Intention has a lot to do with your vision. The more powerful your vision is for your practice and life, the more intense and clear your intention becomes. The more motivated you are to fulfill your WHY, the more every act you do is filled with positive direction and a pre-conceived determined intention for doing it! Intention is what gives you direction. If passion is your moral compass, then intention is the road youíre traveling.

Now multiply your passion and intention by your enthusiasm and you should begin to feel the power that this equation is producing. And as you feel that power, your level of enthusiasm begins to sky-rocket! The most important thing to appreciate about enthusiasm is that itís contagious. It moves through an audience (or patients) like a virus, infecting them with your passion and excitement for what you do. Enthusiasm is the secret ingredient that makes you more attractive (no matter what you look like!). Itís not about looks; itís about being a people magnet. Everybody wants to be associated with enthusiastic people! In turn, they want to turn everybody they know on to your energy! This ultimately gives you the opportunity to get new people excited about chiropractic. So, if passion is your moral compass, and intention is the road youíre traveling, then enthusiasm is the fuel to power your journey!

I know this all sounds great, and that itís moving you in the right direction, but without the R, itís just a PIE in the sky! Youíre just sitting in your chair feeling great about your wonderful thoughts! Itís the R that takes the thoughts, emotions, feelings, clarity and focus and puts them into action! Itís the R that becomes responsible for animating your life. Itís the R that determines whether youíre stuck in a soap opera or starring in an action super-hero film! The scary part is that you get to choose which role you want to play, and youíre the director!!! You see, hidden within the R of radical is the R of risk. Radical and risk are intimately related. You know that in life, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. The more you are willing to challenge the status quo and risk doing what hasnít been done or create a new twist on what has been done, the greater the rewards and results. When you become radical, it allows you to do things that other people are afraid to do. It allows you to jump out of your comfort zone and do whatever it takes to be noticed! It forces you to push the envelope of opportunity and let nothing stand in your way. You are aware of every interaction, every meeting, and every person as a potential source of new practice members. The more radical your approach, the more excited you are, and more importantly, the more fun you have!

If you want to go from good to great, thereís one more component to the equation. Itís a seemingly little component compared to the rest of the equation, but when applied, it separates the successful from the ultra-achievers! Itís that secret ingredient that anyone who has ever made it REALLY BIG in life has applied, either consciously or unconsciously! PIE(R) will equal a more successful, fulfilling life, but if youíre like me youíll want to use that secret ingredient, and that is to SQUARE IT! When you do that, you are unstoppable, invincible, and possibly even a super hero to your practice members and to your profession! So now, the question is not whatís holding you back, itís whatís going to drive you forward into harnessing this equation and using it to change the world?! This is all so powerful that youíre ready to go out and start implementing everything now!

Every person you adjust makes a profound difference in the health of our planet.

So, what are you still sitting here for? Get your butt out of that chair and do something radical NOW!

Which are you?

Dr. Bob MacEwen

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as though just as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.

She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did, and noted that they were soft.

The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee.

The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Which are you?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.


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