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Dynamic Chiropractic – February 12, 2001, Vol. 19, Issue 04

Let Buddha Build Your Practice

By Tom Necela, DC
Here's an idea. Follow the 300 million or so Buddhists down the eightfold path and let Buddha build your practice! image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p>What in the world is this article talking about? First, be assured that this is not an attempt to convert fellow members of the chiropractic profession to Buddhism image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark i>en masse. image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /i> However, by looking at the eightfold path (part of the Buddhist quest for spiritual advancement), we may be able to gather many helpful hints to build, grow and maintain a successful, principled practice of which we can be proud. Here are the steps of the eightfold path and how they may be applied to improving our practices. image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark b>Right Knowledge image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /b> - Understand chiropractic. Don't fool yourself into believing that a 4.0 GPA correlates with understanding. Take the time out of your busy day to truly learn the field. Go to seminars that not only interest you, but those that challenge your understanding of the subluxation, neurology, and your current model of chiropractic. Take the title image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark i>doctor image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /i> seriously and literally. Doctor means "teacher." Without knowledge, you cannot teach your patients anything about health and their body. Without this, we are simply spinal technicians moving bones around hoping it works and trusting that our patients somehow understand what we are doing. image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark b>Right Thinking image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /b> - Decide to set your life and practice on the correct path. It is never too late to imagine your dream practice and take the steps to build it. Take the appropriate steps to use your knowledge toward building your dream - one step at a time. Plan these steps. Small hint: Don't trust your memory to just think about them, though - take action! image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark b>Right Speech image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /b> - Take the time to explain things to your patients. Study after study indicates that this is one of the most attractive features of chiropractic in the eyes of our patients. Tell them the benefits of chiropractic, and in terms they can understand. Take the chiropractic story everywhere you can. Let it be heard. image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark b>Right Conduct image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /b> - Practice members are looking for mentors to coach them toward better health. Being appropriate role models attracts business. Start living a healthy lifestyle to influence those around you - your patients, family, friends, and future chiropractic practice members. image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark b>Right Livelihood image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /b> - As chiropractors, we are fortunate to have chosen a vocation that allows us to help others. That's a noble calling. Let's keep it that way by not falling into the trap of personal injury shenanigans, insurance scams, and dubious billing procedures. image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark b>Right Effort image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /b> - Work, work, work toward all worthy goals and never lose sight of the finish line. Ask the biggest chiropractors in practice today and they will tell you that being a truly successful chiropractor involves being a successful person. And that requires lots of work on yourself and your craft. image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark b>Right Mindfulness image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /b> - Become intensely aware of the states of your body, feelings, and mind. Those who have healed and helped themselves have more ability to use their energy to help others. image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark b>Right Concentration image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /b> - Any improvement in any endeavor requires focus and discipline. Meditate on the chiropractic philosophy and principles and the values you hold important in your personal life. Focus on bringing all these aspects together into one impressive package. image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p>I hope these time-tested ideas can inspire you to get in motion and build not only your practice, but your personal life as well. Enjoy the journey! image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark I> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark i>Tom Necela image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark br>Student image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark br>Life Chiropractic College West image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /i> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark /I> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark p> image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark img src="http://www.chiroweb.com/images/archives/dc_dingbat.gif"

Dr. Tom Necela maintains a private practice in Washington state. He is also the founder of The Strategic Chiropractor, a consulting firm for chiropractors. Dr. Necela can be contacted with questions or comments via his Web site, www.strategicdc.com.


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