Originally posted February 9, 2009
The other day I was skiing at Squaw Valley in the beautiful sun drenched Sierra Nevada Mountains. There I was swinging over a 70 ft. crevasse, feeling the blunt force trauma of my fear of heights, clinging to the safety bar like a koala bear in a Eucalyptus tree.
WHY? Because getting to the top of the mountain has value to me. Imagine the prize. I can reach breath taking terrain in perfect condition, and all the eye candy that only a panoramic view from 8,000 ft. could deliver. From there I could stand on the edge of a cornice and plunge into fresh, untracked, untouched powder. The snow that all skiers dream about yet few ever experience. I was about to get one face shot after another. Pristine perfectly chilled puffs of “pow” as I sank into a bottomless wave of bluish white crystals, floating, suspended in space. I was about to defy gravity, defy common sense, and defy my fear of falling, but OMG the reward.
On the chairlift I was getting into the performance zone. I had my helmet speakers cranked to nearly concert level as I felt every word and beat of one of my favorite Canadian bands, Nickelback. The lyrics to “If Today Was Your Last Day” still echo in my mind. In this particular track the singer shares the best advice he ever received from a friend. Let me pass it on to you.
“Each day’s a gift and not a given right, leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind, and try to take the path less traveled.”
“If today was your last day, tomorrow was too late, would you say goodbye to yesterday.”
Say goodbye to yesterday and reach with everything you have. Your success is in the pursuit and living fully on the edge, not in holding back. As chiropractic entrepreneurs we are people with a vision, a mission, and a message. We have the potential for living a life of profound meaning. We live on the edge, poised and prepared to catch the prize.
The Edge is where you get to live when you stop lying to yourself and accept that you could be your biggest obstacle. When you take responsibility you can take charge of your life. You can always be better and do more.
The edge is where the fun, the money and self satisfaction are and it’s not crowded. Few dare to make the effort and take the risk. The reason that there is a lot of room at the top is that few people have the desire, drive and determination and fewer still, ever act on it.
As an example, the mountain I ski on had 7000 other skiers on that day. Yet few dare to go big, they play it safe and just go home. Our profession is full of great people who intend to change the world, and provide a wealthy lifestyle for their families, yet most never reach their potential, they play it safe and just go home.
If you want to be happier, wealthier, and healthier then take massive action, defy inertia, defy complacency and defy cultural entitlements. Excuse me, but just when did quitting ever become an option?! No matter how you say it, sabbatical, taking a break or telling people that you are overwhelmed, it’s still quitting.
As I was editing this message a client who is living on the edge just sent me this e- mail.
“I have noticed that my “boredom” creeps up due to a combination of not knowing what to do next (which coaching has helped me figure out and prioritize) and procrastinating over the things I don’t want to do. As time has moved along my “to do” list has grown as opposed to shrinking because my awareness of what I need to do has increased. So as my knowledge has increased it is more a matter of getting off my butt and doing stuff even if I don’t like it. Thanks again” – Dr. P
Thinking is not acting. Thinking is work only when the idea or plan is tested in the world outside of your head. Working ‘on it’ is not the same as doing it. Self deception is seeing so many possibilities that you never decide to decide. Self deception is saying you want more but refusing to change not only WHAT you are doing, but WHY you are doing things the same way.
Look at how far you have come and accept that you will need to continue your defiance. What do I mean by defiance? To defy means to challenge yourself and make things better by investing all you have in what you want. Success is simple, do what needs to be done for as long as it takes. Get a team of advisors because no one can do it all or hold themselves accountable in every situation.
Each of you in one way or another have defied something in your upbringing, it might be lifestyle choice, the choice to be an entrepreneur not a worker bee, the choice to have your cake and eat it too, the choice to think big and take risks.
Each of you in one way or another has defied something in your education. Did your grammar school and college prepare you to be a technician, to fit in, to serve the machine? Mine did and I am not willing to play that role. How about you?
Each of you in one way or another has defied something in your situation. My situation was that my chiropractic business was not supporting my life as I had dreamed it. I bet yours isn’t either. I bet you want more. I bet you know you know that you have a potential that has not remotely been tapped.
As chiropractors we take a different, some say radical approach to health and healing, yet as business owners we choose to avoid the realities that success comes as a result of mental, emotional and physical growth. It’s called work, its relentless effort, but, oh my God, the reward.
See you on the lift up to the top!
Posted by Dr. Frank Sovinsky