We all feel sorry for ourselves from time to time. We all have situations and events that hold us back. Or more appropriately put, we all have situations we LET hold us back. It happens to the best of us. That doesn’t have to lead to failure, but it often does. The difference between success and failure is often as simple as making a conscious decision NOT to to fail.
Every once in awhile I come across a story that simply blows my mind, smacks me upside the head and makes me realize we can rise to levels of greatness and achieve things so much greater than we ever imagine, if we just put our minds to it. Today that mind blowing story comes in the form of 29-year-old Matt Stutzsman, a young man born without both arms who does his own automobile repairs with his feet! I’m not talking he turns a wrench every now and then while a friend does the rest..I’m talking he drives his car over to his friend’s garage, jacks the car up, puts sockets on impact wrenches and does it all. I’ve posted one of Matt’s YouTube videos below and it’s truly amazing:
To think I whine about being able to reach the spark plugs on my car or spilling a little 5W-30 on the garage floor when I change my oil!
I came across Matt’s story here via AOL.com’s homepage and it really got me thinking. His inspirational and motivational videos make me realize how those of us fortunate enough to have full use of all four limbs can manage to whine about little things holding us back. Most obstacles only hold us back because we let them.
Seeing a motivated person like Mr. Stutzsman makes you realize we can overcome much more than we may give ourselves credit for. What’s holding you back from achieving Chiropractic success? Ask yourself what roadblocks are present on the path to Chiropractic success. I’d like you to make a list of the top 5 or 10 obstacles that are keeping you from achieving that next level of Chiropractic and personal greatness. I don’t care what your definition of success is. Is is more wealth? More new patients? Greater patient retention? More time with family? Whatever your goals and desires are, let’s list what’s keeping you from getting there.
After you make that list go through and honestly ask yourself which obstacles are REAL and which are excuses. Maybe slow business and the economy are holding you back. Are finances and the economy really that bad, or are you letting them be your crutch? You see where I’m going with this.
Take a good hard look at that list and decide which roadblocks you are going to bust through. Which ones are you simply allowing to be a setback? Which ones could you overcome if you REALLY wanted to? There may be a few items on your list you simply can’t do anything about, but I’m willing to bet most of the items we list are little more than inconvienences that we allow to become barriers to our Chiropractic success. Chiropractic success can be as simple as deciding we aren’t going to allow something to hold us back any more. The word “can’t” is a powerful poison and we shouldn’t think it or use it in daily conversation. Our friend Matt certainly doesn’t the meaning of the word!
As Chiropractors and human beings we should all take note of truly inspirational stories like that of Matt Stutzsman. Personal and professional success is something that we must strive for and work at. We certainly can’t let obstacles stand in our way. When approached with challenges life throws our way we have only two options: fight back and overcome or let those challenges defeat us and settle for less than what we desire. You CAN achieve whatever goals you set for yourself, you just have to figure out how!