How to Stay Motivated and Thrive as a Chiropractor

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Hey chiropractors! Staying motivated daily is key to achieving success in chiropractic practice. As a chiropractor myself, I know how challenging it can be to maintain motivation in this fast-paced and demanding profession. Here are some tips on how to stay motivated daily in your chiropractic practice:

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  1. Set clear and achievable goals: As chiropractors, we all have different goals we want to achieve in our practice. Whether it’s increasing patient volume, improving patient outcomes, or expanding our services, it’s important to set clear and achievable goals. Break down your goals into smaller, actionable steps, and track your progress regularly. Celebrate each milestone you reach, no matter how small it may be.
  2. Find your purpose: Knowing your purpose as a chiropractor can provide you with the drive and motivation needed to serve your patients to the best of your abilities. Take some time to reflect on why you became a chiropractor, and how your work aligns with your values and beliefs. This can help you stay focused on your mission and inspire you to keep going, even during challenging times.
  3. Create a routine: Establishing a routine can help you stay organized and focused in your chiropractic practice. Start your day with a routine that includes patient assessments, adjustments, and follow-up care. Set aside time for administrative tasks, such as record-keeping and billing, and make time for personal and professional development.
  4. Surround yourself with positivity: The people you surround yourself with can have a significant impact on your motivation levels. Surround yourself with positive and supportive colleagues who inspire you to be the best chiropractor you can be. Attend conferences, seminars, and networking events to connect with like-minded individuals and learn from experts in the field.
  5. Celebrate your successes: Celebrating your successes, no matter how small they may be, can provide you with the motivation needed to keep going. Take time to reflect on patient success stories and recognize the hard work and effort you put in to help your patients achieve their health goals.
  6. Practice self-care: Practicing self-care is essential for maintaining motivation and avoiding burnout in chiropractic practice. Make sure to prioritize self-care activities, such as getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and taking time for hobbies and relaxation. This can help you recharge your batteries and bring your best self to your practice every day.
  7. Stay focused on the present: Chiropractic practice can be demanding, and it’s easy to get caught up in the past or worry about the future. Staying focused on the present moment can help you stay motivated and provide the best care for your patients. Focus on the patient in front of you, and try not to get overwhelmed by the bigger picture.

Staying motivated daily in chiropractic practice requires effort and commitment, but it is essential for achieving success and providing the best care for your patients. By setting clear goals, finding your purpose, creating a routine, surrounding yourself with positivity, celebrating your successes, practicing self-care, and staying focused on the present, you can maintain a consistent level of motivation and thrive in your chiropractic practice.

Seven Essentials For Growth in Chiropractic Practice

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Listening to my mentors and chiropractors of old was the greatest thing I ever did for growing my chiropractic practice. Twenty five (plus) years later, I can tell you these 7 Essentials continue to return dividends.

  1. Wake Up Early
  2. Affirmations
  3. Cold Shower Mondays
  4. See New Patients
  5. Workout Daily
  6. Plan Your Meals
  7. Live in Gratitude

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Awaken your animal spirit and start your week right!

Wake Up Early – before anyone else in your home (I like between 3:30am to 4:30am). This provides an opportunity to set your week, and this is essential to do on Monday (if you see patients that day).

Affirmations – If you’re not doing affirmations, you’re affirming failure, it’s that simple. Get on what works for you and get to it.

The most powerful affirmation I had for years in practice was…

2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon

Cold Shower Monday – Where do you think all these guru bros got this idea? Chiropractors have been sharing this tip for decades, and it works. Set your intention (like a new patient Monday morning) and take cold showers until the intention is fulfilled. This is magical.

See New Patients – Notice the pattern here? Waking up early is about seeing new patients, morning affirmations are about seeing new patients, cold showers are about seeing new patients. Guess what’s going to happen?

Workout Daily – As chiropractors, we are blessed to be moving nearly all day. We have to stay fit mentally, spiritually, and physically. Some form of daily movement (besides adjusting loads of patients daily) is essential. Lift, run, Pilates, yoga, stretch, etc. Unfit chiropractors do not last, get on it daily.

Plan Your Meals – What’s going to separate you from the carb loaded half a sleep doctor down the street? Plan your meals for the week (I love Sunday for this most) and make it a routine you follow. Bonus if you do this for others in your household. Whoever brings in the groceries, runs the home.

Live in Gratitude – I save the best for last and the old timers know this one best. There’s momentum in doing all the things I mentioned above. Live in gratitude that everything you are seeking in practice is seeking you. Follow the routines, do the work, put in the effort.

Have an amazing day!

Setting Business Goals and SWOT Analysis

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Setting goals is an important part of running any successful business. Goals give your business direction, help you stay focused, and provide a way to measure progress and success. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an established business looking to grow, setting clear and achievable goals can help you achieve your desired outcomes.

While this applies to Chiropractic Businesses, I’m generalizing for others visiting that may want to learn more about how we set goals in practice.

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Before you start setting goals, it’s important to take the time to assess your current situation and identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This process, known as a SWOT analysis, can help you understand your business’s unique position and determine the best course of action.

Once you’ve completed your SWOT analysis, you’re ready to start setting goals. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. This acronym, known as SMART, is a common framework for setting goals that are clear and actionable.
  2. Start with long-term goals and work your way down to shorter-term goals. This will help you break down your overall vision into manageable steps and make it easier to track your progress.
  3. Involve your team in the goal-setting process. Your employees are a valuable resource and their input can help ensure that your goals are realistic and achievable.
  4. Prioritize your goals and focus on the ones that will have the biggest impact on your business. It’s better to concentrate on a few key goals than to try to tackle too many at once.
  5. Be flexible and adapt to changes. Your business is likely to face challenges and obstacles along the way, and it’s important to be able to adjust your goals and strategies as needed.
  6. Review your goals regularly and make adjustments as needed. This will help you stay on track and make sure you’re making progress towards your desired outcomes.
  7. Celebrate your successes and learn from your failures. Goal-setting is a process, and it’s important to recognize your achievements and use setbacks as opportunities for growth and improvement.

Setting business goals can be a challenging but it is an essential and rewarding process. By taking the time to assess your current situation, identify your priorities, and set specific, achievable goals, you can give your business the direction and focus it needs to succeed.

Wishing you all the best of success!

The Benefits of Waking Up Early

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The benefits of waking up early are numerous and well-documented. For many people, starting the day early can provide a sense of accomplishment and productivity that can set the tone for the rest of the day. Let’s explore some of the key benefits of waking up early, along with some tips for making the most of your mornings.

One of the primary benefits of waking up early is that it can give you more time in the day to focus on your goals and priorities. When you start the day early, you have the opportunity to tackle your to-do list and make progress on important tasks before the demands of the day begin to pile up. This can help you feel more in control of your time and your life, and can make it easier to achieve your goals.

Another benefit of waking up early is that it can help you establish a healthy morning routine. When you start the day early, you have the time to prioritize self-care and focus on activities that can help you feel energized and ready to tackle the day ahead. This might include things like exercise, meditation, or simply taking a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in peace and quiet. By establishing a healthy morning routine, you can set the stage for a more productive and fulfilling day.

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In addition to providing more time and a healthy routine, waking up early can also help you improve your physical health. When you start the day early, you have the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep, which is essential for maintaining good health. Adequate sleep can help boost your immune system, improve your mood, and even help you maintain a healthy weight. Furthermore, when you start the day early, you’re more likely to have time for physical activity, which can help you stay fit and healthy.

Waking up early can also have psychological benefits. For many people, starting the day early can help reduce stress and anxiety. When you get a head start on the day, you’re less likely to feel rushed and overwhelmed, which can help you stay calm and focused. Additionally, the early morning hours are often quieter and more peaceful than the rest of the day, which can provide a sense of solitude and tranquility that can help you start the day with a clear mind.

Waking up early can also provide social benefits. When you start the day early, you have the opportunity to connect with friends and loved ones before the demands of the day begin to intrude. This can help you build and maintain strong relationships, which can have a positive impact on your overall well-being. Starting the day early can also give you the opportunity to be a role model for others, showing them the benefits of waking up early and inspiring them to establish their own healthy morning routines.

So, how can you start waking up early and reap the benefits for yourself? Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Start small. If you’re not used to waking up early, it can be overwhelming to try to jump right into a 5:00 a.m. wake-up time. Instead, start small and gradually adjust your wake-up time. Try setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier each day until you reach your desired wake-up time.
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine. In order to wake up feeling rested and refreshed, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. To do this, establish a relaxing bedtime routine that will help you wind down and prepare for sleep. This might include things like reading, listening to calming music, or practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing.
  • Avoid screens before bed. The blue light emitted by electronic devices can disrupt your body’s natural sleep patterns.

Nearly every chiropractor I know wakes up early so they can start the day with energy to serve patients. Ask your chiropractor about the importance of getting a good nights sleep, getting up early, and getting adjusted regularly.

Discover the Power of Self-Awareness with Carl Jung

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Self-awareness is a crucial aspect of personal growth and development. Let’s explore Carl Jung’s theory of the psyche and how understanding the unconscious mind and integrating the various parts of the psyche can lead to psychological balance and individuation.

Self-awareness, or knowing oneself, is a crucial aspect of personal growth and development. It involves understanding our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and values, and how they influence our actions and interactions with the world around us.

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Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, developed a theory of the psyche that placed great importance on the concept of self-awareness. Jung believed that understanding the unconscious mind and integrating the various parts of the psyche was key to achieving psychological balance and individuation, or becoming the unique individual we were meant to be.

According to Jung, the psyche is made up of three main components: the ego, the personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious. The ego is the conscious part of the psyche that represents our sense of self and is responsible for our thoughts, perceptions, and actions. The personal unconscious is made up of all the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that we are not currently aware of, but that still influence our behavior. The collective unconscious, on the other hand, is made up of archetypes and symbols that are shared by all humans and represent universal experiences and themes.

Jung believed that to truly know oneself, we must explore and understand all three parts of the psyche. This involves acknowledging and accepting both the positive and negative aspects of our personality, as well as understanding the deeper meaning and purpose behind our actions and behaviors.

One way to do this is through the practice of self-reflection, or taking the time to think about and examine our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This can be done through journaling, meditation, or simply taking a few moments each day to reflect on our experiences.

Another important aspect of knowing oneself, according to Jung, is understanding and embracing our unique individuality. This involves discovering and expressing our own values, beliefs, and passions, rather than conforming to societal expectations or the expectations of others.

Jung also believed that exploring our dreams and the symbols and themes that appear in them can be a powerful tool for self-discovery. He believed that dreams contain important messages and insights from the unconscious mind and can help us better understand ourselves and our place in the world.

After 25+ years of chiropractic practice, I’ve found knowing oneself is a continuous process of self-exploration and self-discovery. By taking the time to understand and embrace all aspects of our psyche, including both the light and the shadow, we can better understand our unique individuality and live a more fulfilling and authentic life.

Take Four Vacations Per Year

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

We’re approaching October and coming to a time when many chiropractors take off for year end travel. Nearly every DC I know takes a break away from the office during one (or more) of these upcoming weeks: Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, and New Years. While times like these out of the office can be fun, in practice I discovered it’s important these aren’t the only vacations we take.

Vacations are important to celebrate office and life wins and to keep oneself from burning out. Dr. Fred Schofield mentioned taking vacations for better living back in 2008, and he was right. Besides chiropractic relicensing, major holidays, and family commitment events, our plan has long been to take four vacations per year.

For many years my spouse and I would make plans in December for our four vacations the following year. Our rules were simple, take four 4-day trips (ours were Thursday through Sunday), in four new locations (places we haven’t traveled to before), ideally one for each quarter of the year. Also, for us these were no-kid, adult-time trips.

Travel could be by vehicle or air. We live nearby a major international airport (LAX) so for us, either option worked. As a weekday practicing chiropractor, this setup worked well since I could see patients Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and then take four days off.

The idea of going to new locations each time came after a few years of hitting the typical SoCal vacation spots. Palm Springs, Las Vegas, San Francisco, etc. After a few years of trips not being what they were, we began getting creative, and came up with what for us was a phenomenal plan.

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My wife LOVES NFL football. I’m a fan too but she’s a fanatic (like I’m a fanatic for chiropractic). Every year, at least two of those 4 day trips were centered around going to see NFL games in cities we hadn’t visited yet. We typically did Thursday morning flights out, but sometimes took Wednesday night red eyes (especially for East Coast travel).

We visited NFL stadiums throughout the USA. Baltimore, Oakland, Dallas, Miami, Denver, San Diego, Pennsylvania, Ohio, you get the picture. Every trip was unique, and even when the games were bad, the trips were good.

We didn’t stay at fancy hotels, instead we tried to stay near enough to a stadium that we could walk to the game, and take in the local vibration. The hotel bars were always packed with fans (typically for the visiting team) and that was fun too. We’d enjoy dining at places locals ate, visited many local coffee shops (preferably independently owned businesses), and got plenty of walking in.

Camping became another common four day trip we’d plan every year. I really got into finding the most desolate off grid camping locations in California that I could. I developed a method for doing so by reviewing old army maps from the 1920s to 1940s, and seeing if those places still existed. It was amazing the discoveries we made. Looking back, these became our most favorite trips.

The four trips a year mantra became a central theme in my practice. By the time a patient was with me for 90 days, they knew I was going on vacation somewhere. Internally, it set me up for success. You’re always fired up to be back in the office the week you return, and seeing an entire weeks volume in three days (the week you’re travelling) was amazingly powerful. So that’s two guaranteed high energy weeks.

Looking back, I’m in an attitude of gratitude for listening to others, and developing this approach towards a balanced life and practice.

My Dad Was a Chiropractor

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Chiropractors see new patients that come from all sorts of backgrounds and upbringings. I’d imagine nearly every chiropractor that’s been in practice ten years or more has many times heard “My dad was a chiropractor” during a patients first visit. Our initial reaction may be to get excited, because every kid of a chiropractor has a story to tell.

Recently a new patient in their mid fifties walked into an office I was visiting and said “My Dad was a Chiropractor.” I glanced at a doc who was standing nearby and we both replied “awesome!” Excited to hear their story I naturally responded by saying, it’s great you’ve been able to get adjusted all these years. The patient-to-be replied that he hadn’t been adjusted in quite some time, as he’d been unable to find someone who could adjust like his dad.

We’re supposed to be better at adjusting than the generations of chiropractors before us. If chiropractic were like professional sports, none of us would have employment. Learn to palpate & learn to adjust. That was the mantra of many chiropractors before me.

We have so much to be thankful for with everything that’s been prepared for us. Success in practice can come easy to the chiropractor of today, but perhaps that success is measured in Likes vs getting sick people well, and keeping the well from getting sick.

The Nine Chiropractors in my Practice

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Nine chiropractors come to the office with me everyday. Sometimes there’s more, but each and every day I have the joy to be surrounded by at least these nine amazing individuals. On top of that, I get to adjust all the patients, which makes this the most amazing setup. Here’s how it came to be.

My chiropractic mentors have left such an indelible impression on me that they now follow me everywhere. They’re in my sleep, they’re in my office, they’re embedded in my mindset. Before my feet even hit the floor while getting out of bed each morning, these nine chiropractors are there, ensuring my day begins as taught when I was a student.

Good morning God, good morning God, good morning God. I feel great, I feel great, I feel great.

Since the day Dr. Fred Schofield embedded that mantra in my head, it’s played daily like an alarm clock. These are my now hard wired thoughts, recited since I first heard them in 2002.

When my feet hit the floor I transition to I feel healthy, I feel happy, I feel terrific. Whether I speak it aloud (which I frequently do) or not, this one is with me until I reach the bathroom. I first heard those words spoken in a dynamic fashion by Dr. Sid Williams. I was a chiropractic student at the time, and I had no idea how they’d transform me.

Regardless of what I do before I get there, everyone’s ready to go when I head to the office. Dr. Sid reminds me Serve for the sake of Serving, Give for the sake of Giving, Love for the sake of Loving.

I get to the office and go to unlock the door. If you want to be successful in practice, don’t forget to unlock the door, says Dr. John Hofmann. He’s there to remind me every single time I go to unlock the door, and he told me this in 1997. Thanks to those words, I’ve learned to unlock much more than the door to the office.

A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.

There’s 33 Chiropractic Principles posted on the office wall, and my eyes go to them every day. I never met Dr. Ralph W. Stephenson but he’s there in the office nonetheless. During the past ten years, Universal Intelligence has been the leading topic in my office. I’ll cover the reasons for that in detail on a later date.

I go into an adjusting room for the first adjustment of the day and Dr. James Sigafoose (pictured above) is leaning in, every time. More than twenty-five years ago, when I was just getting started in chiropractic, Sigafoose leaned in as I was adjusting someone and said… If you’re questioning the listing, you’re already blocking the process.

Sigafoose used to physically hover over me while I slept. We were often room mates during our Chiropractic Missions to Panama, I’d open my eyes and he’d be standing there. At the time I thought he was goofing around but I later learned he was teaching me a state of heightened awareness.

As soon as somebody laughs I know Dr. Sharon Gorman is in the room, she has the greatest laugh. Like a big sister, she observes me frequently to make sure I’m following through. WWSD (What Would Sharon Do) is a go to thought for any office scenario that may arise.

Anytime I’m adjusting moms, babies and kids, there’s Dr. Jeanne Ohm, smiling, dancing, and doing what she does. In never set out to include pregnancy as a specialty but I think Jeanne had other plans for me. She didn’t tell me the babies I adjusted the day or week they were born were going to grow up, come in around age 18, bring their boyfriends & girlfriends, give me hugs, and make a special visit before they go off for college, thanking me for helping them to be who they are in life.

As I’m speaking with a patient, saying love is an entry level vibration for communication without words, Dr. Stew Bittman grins from ear to ear. I think Stew enjoys being in the office just so he can say I told you so. Language that early in my career I’d be afraid to communicate now flows like aqueous light (a fluidlike light energy we’re bathed in, referred to as ether in books of old).

For more than twenty years there’s been a photo on the wall of a chiropractor sitting at his desk, and for all those years patients have asked “Is that your dad?” The photo is of Dr. B. J. Palmer. We don’t look remotely alike and when I mention that to patients they reply that we have the same look in our eyes.

I mentioned at the beginning there are others, but those are my nine chiropractors, coming to the office with me everyday. I didn’t speak about this publicly until an in office occurrence in 2017. When you’re known locally as the chiropractor who speaks of love as an entry level vibration for communication, you attract the most interesting of people.

You may perhaps be thinking this is odd behavior, but assure you, for me it’s an event of reality. As the years have passed, I’ve come across so many writings from business leaders, monks, visionaries, and Sigafoose himself telling me this is no uncommon phenomena.

If you’re interested in going further, let me know. I’ll share what Nikola Tesla, Max Planck, Steve Jobs and others have said about bringing others to work.

My Chiropractic Mentors Spoke Truth

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

If you want to be successful in chiropractic practice don’t forget to unlock the door.  Those words were spoken by one of my many mentors very early in my days as a chiropractic student. Seemingly ordinary, patients will have a difficult time getting in for adjustments if the doors are locked. Ultimately extraordinary, being open to the adventure that this life will bring you, an infinity of possibilities limited only by the locks I alone create.

Somehow I got it right. Despite everything my smaller self may have done along the way to block, lock, and keep doors closed, the vibrations of my mentors continued to resonate, guiding me on a path that today I can say has been truly magnificent.

That’s my morning view in the photo above. Miles of rolling hills and a near six kilometer drive (one way) just to get my mail. This is one of my many “there’s no way possible this could remotely be true” encounters that being unlocked has led me to. Not a lot of patients here, but then we do more than just serve patients, we are servants to all of creation.

That brings me to the words of another mentor spoken to me decades ago. If you ever chose to be master, you must be servant to all. I first heard those words in 1997, and only this week I had the realization that was 25 years ago. Perhaps meaningless to you, but to me, I’m now on the other side of 25 years in practice. Words once spoken are known. They are my being, they represent who and what I am.

I’m not done serving, far from it. As Planet Chiropractic is on her verge of also turning twenty five, previously assumed locked doors have been found open, and I’m stepping through. I do hope you’ll join me.

Nobody is just a Chiropractor

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

If you’ve been in chiropractic practice as long as I have you may know this experience well. Suppose you’re just getting started in practice and received your chiropractors license yesterday, this applies to you. From my perspective, not only are you a unique edition to this profession, you are a multifaceted, omni-directional, expression of life on this place we call Earth.

All paths lead to the same destination, but there are as many ways to arrive as there has been, or is to be, beings in existence.

Everybody has a story, and that’s one of the many facets of practice that I love. Every chiropractor has a story too, and I have long thought those stories are to be told.

I’m sitting on the stage with two gentlemen in a large conference hall in Las Vegas, Nevada. As we walk off after our presentations, individuals approach us and three mini crowds form. The one who helped in founding the worlds most popular search engine gathers the majority. The other, a founder for a more recent competitor, also draws attention. Then there’s the folks that gravitate towards me.

Speaking about search, search engines, data science and other associated topics has been a passion of mine for nearly twenty years. I can go all day talking about big data.

But you’re not here to be talked at about me, my apologies. I’m bringing attention to the topic because I know there are volumes of stories to be told. Your stories. Who you are in the world of chiropractic and in the worlds you so precisely balance into your life.

We are children, spouses, parents, stewards of humanity. We are also ball players, real estate agents, CEOs, assistant coaches, fashion models, Olympic athletes, lottery winners, musicians, professional photographers, crypto traders, restaurant owners, and the list goes on. We’ve had, are having, and will have experiences other than our ones as a chiropractor.

At times, we may have walked the same dirt on our paths through chiropractic life, but I’d like to get back to hearing more about your other journeys. More on this topic to come.