With Year 2017 coming to a close, I have time to reflect on what I learned being in practice for an entire calendar year. While I started “practice” in 2016, I started later in the year, so coming up with anything meaningful on what I learned would have been a challenge.
It has been a challenge. I work in a field that’s highly competitive and saturated and in an office that the client base respects and trusts. So to try and be a little different and add to the current treatment protocol can be a challenge.
With that said, here are a few of things I learned while working this year.
I am not the best, but I’m improving each day.
I cannot sit here and say that I am the best chiropractor in the area, let alone the office I work in. I don’t have the “best” adjustments. I don’t have the best touch or great finesse but I can definitively say that I am better from my first day in practice. The guy I work for has a greater feel and touch but that doesn’t mean I cannot get better, with my manual skills and chiropractic adjustments. I believe those improvements are made with more repetition and the more exposure you give yourself. Maybe someday I’ll be the “Best” or pretty close to it.
Somedays are just going to blow.
In my very short time of practicing, I have days where I’ve only seen one or two patients or had a full booked day only to be an empty day because of cancellations for a variety of reasons. I could be mad, sure. I could throw my arms up in the air and question why people are cancelling when they are in pain. I could get frustrated because it’s not money coming in the door. Or I just say okay, it happens. What does getting upset do for me? Not a single thing. I try to win the day, but sometimes the day wins.
Focus on Legacy.
Money could be the goal. Sure, I would like to be able to pay my monthly expenses each month, aside from that, I’m zeroing on trying to leave a lasting impact with each patient and each athlete I work with. I would rather be remembered for taking the extra few minutes to go over a new exercise with someone or show a patient another way to stretch out then to adhere to a schedule. For me, I hope athletes and patient’s can say Coach Le is the guy you want to go see. He takes care of me, he makes sure I don’t leave until I feel like I am at my best. The steps I’m taking now I hope continue to build on the legacy I am trying to leave. Think Long-Term.
With 2017 in the rear, here are some things I’m looking forward to in 2018!
I think this speaks for itself.
Getting a few more states checked off the 50 half-marathons bucket list. I’m currently at 5 done!
And last but most definitely not least….big post coming soon…