One of the current trends, when internet marketers sell their products online, is the promise of life transformation. Pat Flynn’s interview with Adam Bruan of Pencils of Promise, touts their ability to show us How to Create Extraordinary Change and Transform the World. In my experience, the road to real transformation is a lot longer and is intertwined with the total person.
So many of our patients need sustainable health transformation rather than the temporary relief of symptoms. Their medical problems don’t begin and end the minute they step into our clinics. Western medicine tends to focus on outward symptoms which fragment people into isolated conditions or body parts.
As therapists need to step back and take into account the whole picture of our patients’ health before we can diagnose and treat our patients. Patients are often in need a change in lifestyle.
The focus of holistic health is to look at the underlying causes of a condition or symptoms. Holistic health as described by the American Holistic Health Association:
“Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit. The goal is to achieve maximum well-being, where everything is functioning the very best that is possible.”
In order to achieve optimal wellness, most people will need trusted guide to come alongside for the long journey. We might need to get uncomfortable while we let go of our “professional distance”. In order to get a fresh perspective on holistic transformation, I want us to look outside the healthcare industry.
This post by my friend, Martin Simiyu, an African missionary whom I deeply respect describes the approach his organization, Possibilities Africa, takes to bring about the transformation of entire communities.
My hope is that this blog post will inspire and inform us on how we might bring about lasting life transformation in our patients.
How’s The View?
Are you viewed as an expert in your community?
Or are you just another worker bee fighting to make it through your daily schedule of patients?
I’m not a big fan of comparing ourselves to other professionals. It’s usually a no-win exercise. However, I believe it’s wise for us to periodically look up from the daily grind to see how the world of therapy has changed.
Hopefully, you haven’t bought into the myth that if keep your head down, work hard and do what expected your job is going to be “safe”.
I wouldn’t count it.
Recently at a hospital in my community, the entire therapy staff was told to reapply for their jobs during a major department restructuring to cut costs. Even the therapists that had been with this hospital for over 25 years were not spared. Unless these seasoned therapists can justify their salaries they will be sent packing.
To succeed in today’s healthcare marketplace it’s of vital importance that you are recognized as an expert and have a community of loyal supporters that follow you wherever you go.
Now, here’s what might surprise you.
Do you want a wildly successful year?
If you followed college football this last season you might have heard about one of the most sought after successful football coaches– P.J. Fleck.
This high-energy leader is probably most well know for one phrase that he used to turn around Western Michigan’s football program.
“ROW THE BOAT”
Fleck did not come up with the catchy, yet puzzling phrase by reading motivational self-help books. No, the two time MAC coach of the year relied on his ‘Never Give Up’ mantra to endure the death of his second son due to a heart condition in 2011.
Fleck’s whole life changed while he held his infant son as he took his last breath. That’s when ‘Row The Boat’ came to be. Coach Fleck, used the motivational phrase to lead his football team to a 14-1 record in 2016.
If you desire to make this year wildly successful, the 3 steps contained in the ‘Row The Boat’ mantra will help you get there.
There are three parts to Row The Boat:
Oar- The Energy
Boat- The Sacrifice
Compass- The Vision For Success
Chances are, you’re been thinking about 2017.
Most of us do around this time of year. It’s a great time to hit the “refresh” key and get a clean start.
Especially if last year didn’t go as well as you hoped.
If you are an overachiever you might already have written your goals and you’re primed to get started. But before you charge off into another year I’d like you to bear with a recovering overachiever while I share a few words of wisdom on how to make this year extraordinary.
Hi my name is Paul and I’m an overachiever.
I was born with what seems like a constant need for achievement. If a day passes by without some form of accomplishment I feel somewhat dissatisfied. I love checking things off my to do list.
I have this burning desire within that pushes me to to do more and achieve more. Even after I reach a goal, the fire within flickers for a moment, but very quickly re-ignites pushing me towards the next achievement.
I hope you are enjoying some time of relaxation and rest this holiday season.
I’ve been reading in Luke during the Advent season. This week I meditated on the angel’s exhortation to Mary in chapter one, verse 29 in the Message bible:
” Mary, you have nothing to fear, God has a surprise for you…”
I find myself a little fearful lately. For most of the year I’ve been working on a course to help therapists who want to start their own practice. The Cash Practice From Scratch course launches in 10 days. The closer the deadline the greater my fear of the unknown.I’m way out of my comfort zone. I’m doing something that I’ve never done before because I believe it will make a difference in people’s lives. Technology is always a challenge. I’m anxious to see if there will be any major glitches within the course.
I like surprises as much as anyone. But I don’t like surprises when I’m fearful.
The angel’s words to Mary seemed to be speaking directly to me.
“Paul, you have nothing to fear, God has a surprise for you…”
When I find myself fretting about the course or if the fear of failure gets the best of me, I try to repeat this verse over and over to quiet my soul.How about you?
Can you trust that God might have a surprise for you?
Even when you are fearful?
The story of Christmas is full of unexplainable surprises. Perhaps God is reaching into our world, our fears, to do a miracle once again.
Believe In Miracles,
P.S.- Here’s a short video of the Christmas story that you might enyjoy.
We live in a world that desparately needs our services.
Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population, 3 billion people, are living on less than $2.50 a day, with more than 1.3 billion of them dwelling in desperate poverty. According to UNICEP 22,000 thousand children die each day due to poverty. Many of the world’s population are starving, dying of preventable diseases and beyond the reach of affordable healthcare services
The average North American enjoys a standard of living for most of human history has been unfathomable. Therapists in the United States earn on average $82,000/yr. Therapist’s income is 22 times higher than the global average placing most of them in the top 4% of the richest people in the world. If you want to check how your salary ranks go to How Rich Am I? . The fact that most therapists in the US are rich could skew how we percieve the problem of poverty and accessible, affordable healthcare.
If you’ve done any Google searches on marketing for physical therapists or participated in any online therapy discussions then you’ve probably noticed a movement taking shape. Everywhere you look, it seems like there are therapists embracing entrepreneurship, autonomy and lifestyle practice as never before.
Even recent therapy graduates, undeterred by huge amounts of student debt, are embarking out on their own to start up their own businesses. They are abandoning traditional clinical practice for upside opportunities of being their own boss. Promises of flexible schedules, higher incomes and a more exciting career are almost too good to pass up.
But are these therapists being led astray by a glamorized version of entrepreneurship?
Are they setting themselves up for disaster when the harsh realities of business hits them like the ALS ice water bucket challenge?
I think not.
I believe they know more than we think they do. Perhaps more experienced therapists can learn from their optimism and courage to push the envelope on new ways to deliver care.
When you entered the world of physical therapy, fresh out of school and ready to tackle to world, what were your goals? What did you see yourself accomplishing over the first five, ten, fifteen years of practice? Now here’s the big question: how much of that have you accomplished?
Are you satisfied with the current status of your profession and the state of your career?
Whether you are in a private practice, home health, school, a skilled nursing facility, or in a hospital the goal is clear: you want to build a practice that is fulfilling and builds upon your passions and expertise.
However, in today’s competitive, ever changing healthcare economy it’s almost a given that at some point you’re going to have to re-invent your professional self.
This article provides you a step-by-step approach to discover your calling and develop your professional platform. It will help you look at your strengths, your experience, your relationships, and your mastery to take the leap of faith into uncharted territory.