self-motivation

Get naked.

You know how children love running around naked when it's sunny outside?

Actually, if allowed, kids would simply rather be naked anywhere. 

They just don't have that filter set in by social standards.

Even my 11-year-old seems not to have this filter fully set in yet.

There comes a time eventually that we lose the art of loving nudity, loving our bodies.

Stay with me here.

The other day walking through Brixton (a very busy area in London) I saw a woman who looked totally depressed, angry, and miserable.

Her posture was horrible, she looked like she hadn't showered in a few days, and her body was out of shape by about 30 kilos (66 pounds)

I suddenly got all existentialist and thought,

"What happened to this woman? Why is she like this? What in her life lead her to this point?"

And then strangely, I thought about what her spine looked like and how it directly reflected what her life is like.

It's like I had x-ray vision.

Sometimes I feel like I have x-ray vision.

Yes, that's my secret.

I can see through your clothes.

I can see your naked body.

Like Superman and Supergirl.

(Why is she not called Superwoman?)

They have x-ray vision.

I think I do too.

Seriously though, when was the last time you took a good hard look at your naked body and felt carefree about it, just like when you were a little kid?

I wonder, when was the last time that miserable woman inspected her naked body?

Her posture?

Her health?

It saddens me to know that people can get to this state, to neglect their health and their bodies.

Because when you neglect your body, you're definitely not going to look at yourself naked in the mirror.

Are you?

And you're just not gonna care about your health.

My theory is that if you just start paying attention to your body, your naked body, by standing in front of a full length mirror and inspecting your posture, the way you stand, the way your shoulders slouch and the way your butt sags and tucks in, you're gonna notice some things that need changing.

If you pay attention and become more aware of your posture, especially when you're naked, you're more likely to do something about it.

Right?

Listen, I'm not saying you need to get into ship-shape, and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Cindy Crawford.

I'm not even expecting you to like what you see in the mirror. 

We all have flaws.

Nobody's perfect.

Not even Cindy Crawford.

But you have to start somewhere.

Pay attention to your body.

Get naked.

And then do a dance.

Shake that naked booty!

Start taking care of it too!

See you at your next adjustment.

— Dr MaryAnne

Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken

Last weekend I was at a seminar.

It was all about learning how to effectively present chiropractic.

Public speaking.

Jerry Seinfeld said that he heard about a study that said that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person.

Number Two was death.

Which means that for the average person if you have to be at a funeral, you'd rather be in the casket than the one delivering the eulogy.

HA! I love how Jerry Seinfeld thinks.

(Did you know that he has regular chiropractic care?)

Anyway, this specific seminar was one that I've wanted to attend for a while. 

It's THAT GOOD.

One of my biggest challenges in what I do is HOW do I tell people about chiropractic without either scaring people, or make them think I'm a nutter?

It's something I've been facing since I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor.

For me, what feels like nearly all my life, chiropractic has been who I am, an intricate part of my identity, and a core passion of mine.

So, objectively, it's always been hazy to be able to share why and how chiropractic is so beneficial and essential to supporting and enhancing health.

Now, after attending and participating in this seminar, I've been shown some great tools and skills to work on in order to present what I want people to hear.

Because one of my missions is to help transform the lives of people through better health.

It starts somewhere, and once I start, then it's one step at a time.

At one point in the seminar, the speaker showed us a clip from "The Fight Club". 

If you Google The Fight Club, there are so many discussions about its philosophy of life, from every corner of the mind.

(So many theories out there!)

Personally for me, the message from it gives me more clarity on what my purpose is.

What my mission is.

And why I do what I do.

There are many great (and kooky) quotes from that movie, and the speaker at the seminar presented that Fight Club scene at the perfect time.

It wrapped the whole point of the seminar all together.

Stay on your path. Don't lose your purpose. 

The way I see it, life is like walking on a tight rope with metal balls being swung at you to push you off.

And some of the balls are actually these small petty little ones.

Guess what?

Most of us let those little measly balls throw us off our path.

They are called EXCUSES.

And the big heavy metal balls are just big excuses.

Big excuses are our STORIES that we cling onto for life.

But we allow those excuses and stories to keep us off our game, out of control, and unfocused. 

The Tight Rope called Life.

Well, I've honed my tight rope skills, and by no means am I perfect balancer, or that I'm able to never slip off.

The difference is that I get right back on it.

Focused, determined, passionate.

So, recognise your excuses and stories.

You can let yourself fall off that rope. 

No big whoop.

But then quit your bitchin', stop feeling sorry for yourself, and get back on it!

Chiropractic adjustments might help you achieve that too!

See you soon!


With passion - Dr MaryAnne