Do you ever feel like you’re doing the same thing over and over again? Are you bored and looking to try something new?
STOP. Before you quit your job, end your relationship, buy a new house/car...ask yourself first:
Do you really need to try/buy something new or do you need to look at something old in a new way?
Often times, we give up on things too early when we get bored. We may start to think that we need a change when what we really need a change in perspective.
If you changed jobs every time you get bored, you may not stay long enough to reap the rewards that you could have had had you stayed dedicated and committed to something. Imagine changing relationships every 2 years? What would you miss?
So, how can you change your perspective?
Go back to a beginner’s mind. Remember when you first learned to drive a car, you were hyper aware of everything? You got so excited just to get into the car and were nervous turning it on and you checked every mirror 10 times before pulling out of your driveway.
How about the feelings you have when you first start a relationship? The butterflies in your stomach, excitement of meeting someone for the first time. You got excited about NOVELTY.
The beginner’s mind is about newness. See if you can look at your current job, relationships, etc in a new way. How can you create something new where you are?
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"Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your hours, so you create your years. As you live your days, so you craft your life. What you do today is actually creating your future. The words you speak, the thoughts you think, the food you eat and the actions you take are defining your destiny — shaping who you are becoming and what your life will stand for. Small choices lead to giant consequences over time. There’s no such thing as an unimportant day.” - Robin Sharma
Every month, I take time to reflect back on the previous month and check in with my yearly goals. This allows me to see what I’ve accomplished throughout the year and what I have left to do next year.
Some of the questions I ask myself are:
After I complete these questions, I take a look at different areas of my life and decide where I want to focus on.
Here are a few areas:
Once I have my focus, I break them down into weekly goals and sometimes daily goals.
So, what were your goals for 2017? How are you monitoring them? How will you make this year epic and unforgettable?
Back in October, I attended a business strategy seminar to help me to start planning my next year. As most of you know, I’m often at continuing education seminars to improve my neuro chiropractic skills and take various courses for personal development and growth. The intent of this seminar was to work on my business and instead, we worked on life.
Here are 5 lessons I learned that apply to business, life and health.
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I love my craft and the people I am privileged to work with each and every day.
Each morning that I wake up, I have amazing opportunities. I get to connect with people. Not about the little things in life but the big things that make up life.
At work, I belong to a community of encouraging people. We hold space for others to heal and grow. When I meet a new patient, I get to really know them. Not just their pain but them. What makes them who they are. My craft is in helping others. What a wonderful gift!
I have not always thought this way about my work. I used to see it as paperwork, doing workshops which terrified me and meeting people without knowing what to say to them. So what changed? I shifted from doing a job to working a craft.
Robin Sharma once said “A job is only just a job if you choose to see it as a job. - Why would you lose the opportunity to leverage what you do every day? To grow your happiness? To grow your energy? To allow you to release more of your talents to the world? To allow you to help more people? Why would you miss that opportunity by falling into the trap of thinking, “This is just my job. I’m just getting up in the morning, working 9 to 5, going down to the coal mine every day.”?”
You have a choice as to how you decide to view your work each day. Choose to see it as just a means to an end and you will create just that. Choose to see it as a gift or opportunity to practice a craft and that is what will appear.
So, how will you choose today?
To my dear practice members,
Thank you for another wonderful year. It has been an honour and privilege to work with you throughout the year.
Each year, I reflect back and take account for what went well and what I can do better. For the process that I go through, please come to our New Year, New You workshop on Monday, Jan 16 at 6:15pm.
Here is a list of what I have learned this year.
My wish for you in 2017: “Smiles when sadness intrudes, comfort on difficult days, rainbows to follow the clouds, sunsets to warm your heart, laughter to kiss your lips, hugs when spirits sag, friendships to brighten your being, beauty for your eyes to see, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, love to complete your life.”
You’ve tried everything you can think of: eating well, regular exercise, getting sleep, you’ve even had your hormone levels checked and you still can’t lose weight…..perhaps your weight gain or inability to lose weight isn’t on a physical level. Maybe, it’s on an emotional one.
Some people are emotional eaters. They will eat instead of feel their emotions. Sometimes, it’s not what you’re eating but what’s eating you. Observe your eating patterns, do you only eat when you are hungry or do you eat also when you are bored, stressed or there’s an emotional upset in your life.
Others, are emotional protectors. They don’t feel safe for some reason and eat to get bigger so they literally put more space between themselves and others. Do you feel safe and secure? Did you have a past incident where you did not feel protected?
There are even people who are able to lose weight and then once they start to get noticed or complemented by family and friends, start to put weight back on again. THey may not want to be in the spotlight or have a fear of success.
Whatever the case, if you are having trouble losing weight after trying physical avenues, explore the emotional ones. For more info or to see how we can help, visit our website www.neuro-optimization.com
There are times when it may be better to say yes to something right away before you get a chance to say no. The instance I’m talking about is when you are aiming to do something that scares you.
Earlier today, I was asked if I wanted to do a live webinar with a friend of mine. I said yes right away, even though, it’s something that scares me. I know it’s an avenue that I wanted to get into because my patients have been asking for online webinars yet I’ve been avoiding because it takes me out of my comfort zone. It’s easier for me to get up in front of a crowd and do a live seminar than do something online.
This was not always the case.....
There was once a time when doing live seminars terrified me and I only got over that fear when one year, I scheduled myself to do a live seminar every two weeks for the entire year. At first, I was wishing no one would show up to my seminars. As I got more comfortable, they started to get easier. Soon, I could do my beginner workshop without preparation and eventually, I began to enjoy doing seminars.
Now that seminars are in my comfort zone, I have expanded to doing them in French which once against puts me in the uncomfortable arena...until one day it doesn't.
Sometimes, when you know something is a little outside of your comfort zone, you say yes to it before you talk yourself out of it.
It’s a yes to growth, a yes to opportunity and a yes to life. Your life will expand to the proportion that you do.
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There’s a flame that burns within each of us. The flame represents our passions, desires, our hopes and dreams.
As a child, the flame burns the brightest. Ask any child what they would like to be and they’ll have an interesting answer for you. Watch a child play and their imagination and creativity are endless. As a child starts to grow up and learns the rules of the culture and those around them, the flame burns a little less and can sometimes go out. This can be seen in people who have given up on life or those that feel beaten down, run down and depressed. They’ve been put down by the system, the culture and they feel that no one understands them.
But it doesn’t have to be the way!
The flame can be re-ignited again. Ask yourself, do you snuff out other people’s flames or do you fan them? Do you support and encourage people to follow their hearts and dreams or are you jealous when they do? Whenever something positive happens to another, are you blowing out their flame by saying something negative? Are you a positive influence to those around you?
Hang out with those who ignite your flame. Find people on the same road that you are travelling down. Instead of putting out your candle, turn your flame into a roaring fire. Shine in this world and share your gifts and talents.
Travel. Read. Write. Spend time in nature. Connect with your family and friends. Build communities. Inspire others and fan their flames. Help people. Make this world better than when you got there. And when you recognize another person on your path, help each other grow your fires.
Need help finding a community of dedicated individuals who support each other in reaching their goals, passions and dreams? Come to our complimentary monthly workshops.
What comes to mind when someone brings up finances? Do you get really excited and want to talk about your investment portfolio and different income streams or does it make you want to stick your head into the sand? Feelings and thoughts surrounding money are often linked to our childhood when we observed others handle their finances.
Were your parents spenders or savers? How about you? Are your financial patterns the same or entirely opposite of your parents? Some people have the exact spending habits as their others while others, if they felt restricted or are more rebellious, will have the opposite.
When growing up, did you hear the expressions: money doesn’t grow on trees, I’m not made of money, etc? If you did, you probably have some blocks surrounding money.
How do you know if you have blocks?
Some obvious signs:
Here are some less obvious ways:
While some of the above statements may hold some element of truth, keep an eye on how often you say it when money is involved.
Spend some time observing your thoughts whenever you hear a story surrounding money. If you find out, ask if it’s your thought or something you learned from someone else.
For more about your emotional money blocks, come to one of our complimentary advanced workshops.
Have you ever worked very hard only to lose everything that you’ve worked for and to start all over again? I have.
Years ago, I had invested a lot of my time and energy into building a chiropractic practice from scratch. I had made it a central focus in my life and as such, gave up time with my family, friends, hobbies and travelling….all things I loved to do and am passionate about. Then one day, it all disappeared in one fell swoop. I lost it all and I was in shock.
I spent a week moping and wondering how I got myself into this situation and generally feeling sorry for myself.
At the same time, I reached out and reconnected with friends and family and found out how much I had missed them. I had pushed them aside for business and in the end, they saved me. They picked me up, brushed me off and sent me back out into the world.
Within 1 month, I had found a new home for my practice, at the Hampton Wellness Centre and I’ve been here happily since. I had the opportunity to re-start my practice but this time with new protoiries. I took my first vacation in 5 years and went to visit my family in Malaysia to rediscover who I was. I started to read again, exercise and spent time with friends. I even picked up meditation.
Sometimes, unexpected blessings occur. It might not seem that way at the time, but afterwards, I am grateful it happened. Starting over again is an opportunity. It allows you to examine your current life to see if it’s on track with who you are. If it isn’t, you get the chance to correct.
Fully feel all the unexpected blessings that come your way and remember to enjoy the journey.
Below is a poem that helped me get through the tough times.
If by Ruyand Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.