Part 1 – Principles
Welcome to 2018! It was a great year at Nexus Chiropractic and we would like to express our gratitude to all of our mentors, community partners and especially our patients, who make showing up to work each day both fun and fulfilling.
We have continued to up our game by investing time, financial resources and travel in order to learn new skills and refine current skills so that our services continue to improve year after year.
A book that I read over the holidays was Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio – the famous investor and businessman. One of Dalio’s keys to success is to observe what works and what doesn’t and then come up with principles that allow him to repeat success and avoid failure. He uses principles in all areas of both his business and personal life.
Because I work in healthcare, I realized that healthy people tend to live by one set of principles while unhealthy people live by another. Success clearly leaves clues.
I also realized that most of those people – both healthy and unhealthy – are not at all conscious of the principles they live by. When these principles are unconscious they are not only harder to change to something better, they are also less available to apply successfully to other areas of life.
Finally, I realized that when it comes to health, very FEW people are living by principles that will produce success. Despite our society’s wealth in many other areas, most people are sadly, very unhealthy. An easy way to check where you are is to ask yourself, ‘am I healthier today than last year?’ ‘Do I expect to be healthier in 5 years than I am today?’ Be brutally honest with yourself. If the answer to either of those questions in ‘No’ the good news is that you can develop and live by some new principle that can take you there.
So, as we head into 2018 and strive for it to be the best (healthiest) year of our lives, I will be providing you with a series of articles outlining the principles of health that I see being lived by people who epitomize success. These are people who look good, feel good, perform well physically, mentally and emotionally. They get healthier as they age, have lots of energy and are very resilient. Who doesn’t want some of that?
Regardless of how healthy or unhealthy you are right now, you can start to apply these principles. It is about moving in the right direction.
The added bonus to living these principles regarding your health is that as you start to have success you can begin to apply them in other areas of your life. In fact, you will probably notice that you already DO use similar principles in the areas of your life that you are already successful in.
Before we dive into the first principle in the next article, let’s start with some quick homework. Take out a paper and pen and write down one area of your life you are already successful in. Maybe you have a great relationship? Maybe you are great with finances? Maybe you are successful at a job, sport, hobby or particular skill? Write that down.
Now, write down some principles you utilize in that successful area of your life. Dig deep and make the unconscious, conscious. Keep that piece of paper and keep an eye out for the next article.
Thorin Gault, D.C.
Jan. 9, 2018