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United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Posted By Nicholas Payne, Thursday, August 4, 2016
Updated: Thursday, August 4, 2016

United We Stand, Divided We Fall      


    The motto of this Commonwealth is “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. This is so true for the chiropractic profession. As the leading profession in cost effective conservative care we are at a pinnacle change. As a profession we have a choice, do we continue to focus on our differences and stay fractured and divide, or do we find  our common ground and work together.

    I believe it’s very safe to say as a profession we tend to be segmented and focus on our differences. Those differences can be our political views of what Chiropractic is or how we should move forward. They could be a philosophical difference such as what a chiropractor should or should not do. Maybe it’s a problem you have had with a certain group or chiropractors in the past. But I believe that no matter how strong your feelings are, how severe the divide is, we can find the common ground. At the end of the day every one of us are Chiropractors. We take sick people, provide high quality chiropractic care to them, and watch the body heal. Every one of us see those miracles in our practice every day. I would venture to say 90-95% of what we do, no matter how different we think we are, is the same. But we choose to focus on the differences. This allows us to remain divided and as the motto says, fall.

    Healthcare in this country is beginning to implode. The cost of health care continues to rise. People have health insurance they cannot afford to use because of the outlandish premiums and deductibles they have to pay. Patients are subjected to unneeded testing and procedures because it’s the best medicine has to offer. We have a solution. CHIROPRACTIC IS A SOLUTION TO OUR HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS. If Chiropractors were to manage chronic pain as the 1st line we would improve the healthcare system immensely. The research is there. That work has been done time and time again. We have to decide as a profession that we are going to stand up and tell everyone we have a solution. We cannot fix everything, but we can manage chronic pain.

    This brings me back to “United we stand, divided we fall”. As a profession we are choosing to fight each other over this technique or that procedure. These debates are important and they are healthy. However the train is leaving the station and we are not on it. We have to decide to work together. We don’t have to agree on everything.  We can use the 90-95% that we do agree on as our foundation to move forward together.  Behind closed doors let’s debate our disagreements. But we have to be big enough to set our egos and personal agendas to the side and advance the profession. Save our healthcare system and BE the HEALTHCARE PROVIDER FOR THE FUTURE!

    The choice is yours.  Do  we as Doctors of Chiropractic join our state and national organizations and work together? Or do we keep operating in a divided manner and fall and miss the opportunity that is in front of us? If you don’t agree with everything the organization does, get involved, be active and use your time to serve Chiropractic and help make the changes in the world we need. It will take the collective knowledge of all of us to take the right steps! Choose wisely.

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Teamwork Gets It Done

Posted By Dr Nicholas Payne, Thursday, June 2, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Team Work Gets It Done

    What teams are you a part of? I would say you are on many teams and most of them have nothing to do with sports. If you are married you are on a team. Do you serve any community organizations?Well if you do, welcome to the team. Inside your practice is no different, you are on a team. Whether you are an owner or an associate, it doesn’t matter. The office has to work together to achieve its goals. By virtue of being a chiropractor you are on a bigger team, that of Chiropractic. We have to work together to ensure our laws are protected, our patients have access and our communities can achieve the health that is available to them through Chiropractic care.Sometimes you are the leader and sometimes you are just a team member.

    I will tell you most people don’t view life this way, but it makes sense when you stop and think about it. It may change how you approach challenges in your life if you evaluate your team. Surround yourself with a great team and everything is possible. Let’s talk about how this can help your practice.

    As much as we would like to think we personally are our practice, most of us have help. If you are a one person show, I still contest you have family and friends that help and support you. For those of us that have a staff of 1 or a staff of 30, it’s a team effort. We all have multiple hats we wear and we have to have a game plan. A staff meeting is the locker room game plan. A goal has been set and a plan to achieve that goal has been set. Then we have to go execute the plan and win the game. During the staff meeting you need to discuss the goals of the office. If everyone on that team is not on board with those goals or does not know what those goals are you cannot efficiently execute your plan. It makes it really hard to achieve your goals.

You need to set your goals first. Then with the help of your team create the game plan.

    The part most of us fail at is that we need to revisit our plan and measure our success. Be open and honest with your team. If something isn’t working, change it. It’s okay to change your game plan, sometimes things on the field change. Make sure you keep everyone engaged and focused on the goal of the practice. As the leader, don’t get too caught up in micro managing every job. Set good policies and do evaluations of your team members. Let them know how they are doing and help them develop into great team members. With some education and framework you can let them just do their job and you can focus on your responsibilities. 

You have assembled a team of committed people and clearly shown them your goals. Get their input on how you create your plan to achieve those goals. Engage them and empower them to get the practice to those goals. Remember a dictator does not have a team.  Work together and develop a great plan everyone can support and work to reach the ultimate goal!

    You can take this entire process and apply it to many aspects of your life. Use the support and help available to you. Build great teams around you and go Live Your Dream!

Tags:  chiropractic  kac  nicholas payne  teamwork 

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The Sky Is The Limit

Posted By Dr Nicholas Payne, Thursday, May 12, 2016
Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Sky Is The Limit

     When was the last time you looked at your goals? Mine was this morning. It’s part of my daily routine.

Many people don’t understand the power of writing down your goals. If they are not on paper somewhere they are not real. You have to envision reaching your goals before you can actually achieve them. Your goals are what strategic planning is all about. We all do strategic planning weather we realize it or not, but do we do it well? We make decisions in our practices and lifeevery day that affect us moving forward. When we understand fully where we want to go we can make thosedecisions better and help us achieve our goals.

     If you do a Google search for goal setting you will find an endless list of resources available. But what I have found is your goals have to be specific, measurable and you have to set a deadline. A goal without a deadline is a dream. Dreams help us decide where we are going, but the actual act of setting and measuring the goal in a time frame causes us to take action.

    The other thing I have found about goals is we have to own them. Inside we have to be committed to them, live them and make them happen. You need to be committed to your goals and look at them often. If you are not incorporating them into your everyday routine you will not be able to achieve them and make your dreams become a reality.

    When I set a goal I spend some time dreaming about what would be perfect. If everything works in my favor where do I want to be? The more vividly you dream the easier it is to set your goals and action steps. Dream big!  Don’t let the reality of your current situation make your dreams small. If you own your dreams, set your goals correctly and work your butt off,you can achieve anything.

    Now that you have your dream, let’s plan how you get from today to your dream. You have to have a road map or a plan. Your initial goal cannot be to arrive at your dream spot. It would be nice but you need to set smaller achievable goals that will get you to where you want to be. Most commonly you set your goal to achieve in 5 years. Then you work backwards to see what you have to achieve each year to make it to the 5 year goal. Those yearly goals can be broken down further to quarterly or monthly goals. When you look at the smaller goals you will see that those tend to be very achievable. 

    So far you have dreamt a huge awesome dream, set your yearly, quarterly & monthly goals.However, you are ready to start just yet. You must now decide how will you know you have reached your goals? How do you know if you have made progress toward those goals? You have to decide how and when you are going to measure your goals. You need to have a way to measure and report those goals. It may the number of new patients, your net profit, time spent with your children or budget surplus left in the checking account after your monthly bills. Decide how you are going to measure success of each goal and track it. Now when you review your goals you can check your progress. Do you need to work harder toward a goal? Are you focused or do you need to refocus?

     Now its time to dream an awesome dream and create your road map to achieve it. All that is left is time, energy and work. Good luck achieving those goals and living your dream! 

Tags:  chiro  chiropractic  goals  ky  teamwork 

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