“This isn’t going to work….why am I even going to bother?”
At one point or another we have all uttered those words to ourselves and to others.
Sadly, the more we say those things, the more likely it is not going to work out.
Henry Ford said it best..
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.”
When it comes to your health, the question is:
Do you believe that you are going to get better?
Mindset is something that even I thought was kind of ridiculous.
It seemed like if you did the things you were supposed to do…
...you were going to get the results you were looking for.
The reality is if you don't go in with the right mindset or you are not aware of the mindset that you have to start with, you may not even follow through with all the things that you need to do to achieve your goals.
Here’s a scenario:
It’s a Monday. It’s 25 degrees outside.
Your appointment with your Physical Therapist is at 6am for the next 4 weeks (only time slot available for 6 weeks).
One a scale of 0-10, how likely are you to...
...if you do not believe in the process?
0=Not a chance on this earth am I going
10= I would give up front row seats to my favorite concert to make sure that I am there
If I told you that at the end of your plan of care, you would be better than you ever have been, happy and doing the things that you have been missing out on, what would that mean to you?
Would you believe in the process then?
Unfortunately, it’s hard to get there if you don’t believe in it in the beginning. So, whose “responsibility” is it to make sure you are motivated?
It goes without saying that you are in control of your motivation. That being said, it’s on the practitioner to make sure you have a reason to believe.
Yes, I said it. We are responsible, too.
Admittedly, we don’t always do such a great job of that. Instead of asking:
“Where are you at, right now, in terms of motivation level?”
“How likely are you to follow through with this?”
“What is your interest level in getting better?”
“Where does it hurt?”
It’s important to think about the fact that you might be showing up to work with one of us and thinking that just because you showed up that you’re going to get the results.
You may even have been to a few other clinicians and now you’re just going through the motions hoping something works.Your plan may look a little differently if we knew that information.
A couple of years ago, I asked a client, “What's your motivation level?”
She said, “4 out of 10.”
I'm going to operate a little bit differently with that client than someone that comes in and says they are a 9 out of 10....not everybody's ready to do that. It doesn't mean that if you are at a 4 out of 10 that you are a bad person.
The healthcare system is not perfect and there is a chance that it has failed you.
That does not mean that you have failed, it just means that you will need to find a practitioner that is capable of giving you a reason to be motivated.
If you have been to multiple practitioners, I can assure you that there is one out there that can help you. A quote that may resonate with you is this:
“Don’t distrust professions. Distrust professionals.”
You may have had a poor experience with a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, Personal Trainer, or Medical Doctor. That does not mean their entire profession(s) are incapable of helping you.
It just means that those specific practitioners may not have been the best fit for you.
Make sure you know your goals and that you find a practitioner who respects and has the skills to help you achieve them.
Whether your goal is to win gold at the Olympics or play with your 2 year old son without back pain, let your practitioner know.
Having clear goals will help keep you motivated and working with a practitioner that is the right fit will make those early sessions worth the 2 cups of coffee you will need to get there with energy.
Goals are your destination.
You are the driver.
Your practitioner is your GPS.
When you know where you are going and how to get there, it’s a lot easier to look forward to it.
P.S. If you are in the Washington, DC area and you have been to other practitioners and you still have not reached your goals, I urge you to take advantage of our Free Discovery Visit. We will help make sure that you find the right practitioner...even if it’s not us :-)
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