Although I like to think I can get along with most people, there are certain types of people that I can’t connect with, no matter how hard I try. I’m fine with disagreeing with people about things like vaccines or natural childbirth. We can still be friends. But the one type of person that I have no idea what to do with is the person who doesn’t want to grow.
To me, growing is equivalent to breathing. If you’re alive, you should be growing! Just like water…if it’s moving then there can be life. But if water is stagnant, it can’t support life. Well, except for algae and mosquitoes, but nobody likes that. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for icky stuff.
I’ve met some people throughout life who have no interest in their personal growth. They don’t care to work toward health, or better relationships, or spiritual understanding, or supporting a good cause. They’re stuck. They become a breeding ground for unhealthy things. Usually they get like this because something in life happened that left them hurt and disappointed. So they choose to be apathetic because they think it will help them avoid future pain.
I really feel for these people because they don’t know what they’re missing. Yes, more caring sometimes means opening yourself up to more hurt. But the other option is just slowly dying inside. It means missing out on the grand adventure life is meant to be.
Personal growth is vital to any successful practice. And not just for the doctor, but everyone on staff as well. Personal growth always precedes practice growth. The better human being you become, the better employee you will be. The better person you are, the better doctor you will be.
A lot of people think working for a chiropractor is a clock-in, clock-out job. And I guess at some offices, it can be. But the kind of practice that is going to change the community calls for something more. It calls for heart. It calls for growth. It calls for a new kind of culture. Maybe even a ChiroCulture.
In light and love,