When ya know, ya know. This group of people I was a part of has been filled with strong connections and so many memories. The kind of brother and sisterhood that everyone should experience in some way shape or form. Good times, great people, pure joy.
An analogy I came up with while training with some good friends continues to provide an interesting framework for working out and movement practices. Comparing still images and videos to static exercise capacities and dynamic sport performance. Like all good thought tools, time to play with it and explore.
When a declaration of intention is made and backed up by every ounce of power you have.... That is an incredible power of human will. When it belongs to you, charge on. When it doesn't and it's for a battle worth fighting, provide that strong hand of assistance for better leverage. This one had be pumped up!
The mind is a very curious thing. Many of our thought patterns are habitual and can lead us down dangerously shallow roads if unexamined. This happened recently to me. Sending out my reflection and a reminder to stay alert and alive to how our thoughts hinder or help our ability to thrive.
Having the privilege to either learn from a skilled and seasoned mentor or to be one yourself is an extremely fruitful pathway. When both are effectively combined, progress and fulfillment have immense certainty when expressed within something you enjoy.
A happy mistake, or maybe they're called accidents. They can be good. Thankfully I didn't have the big one, haha. Rather I stumbled upon an opportunity to shift my focus in an unexpected situation - a situation I otherwise wouldn't have sought out. Always lessons to be learned and joys to experience.
What rock do you throw that makes the biggest splash? What action do you take that has the most significant effect? In this episode we draw on philosophy from the 80-20 rule, The One Thing, and the late legendary coach John Wooden. With my own personalized spin, of course.
In the world of physical therapy there are groups of clinicians that are either gun-ho for hands on joint moving/pushing and those who spend very little time there that report it's minimal utility. The balance is often in the middle. It can be extremely effective when used as an adjunct in the right situation for the right reason. As long as all things lead to better movement. I'm a huge fan of having options. Not training a skill, to not have confidence in its application, is not reason enough to not do it. If you choose not to, no worries, as long as there is a clinically minded reason based on the patient to back it up.
I had a recent privilege of learning from a combined group of a physiatrist, pain management MD, and a spinal surgeon. All three of these professionals brought great experience and insights, was fantastic to hear how essential they viewed good physical therapy to be. The principles of the relationships I speak about can be applied for success in any feild. A trademark of excellence that should be a standard of care.
Strength Ain't Daily Life. At least for the large majority of us. We need strength to live a wholesome life with our normal activities. However, daily tasks usually don't allow us to strengthen ourselves enough to make a meaningful change, or even to maintain our current capacity.
The subtle difference may effect your level of success, depending upon how you define success. Only one provides the opportunity toward fulfillment. The choice is, and will continue to be, yours.
Happy Mothers day to everyone out there. In thinking of some of my physical therapy mentors I'm drawn to how they've consistently invested in their growth throughout their career. Not just in the early years either, continually. These guides showcase aspects that I aspire to have in the future. Yet, they are all so different.
In the medical setting what happens when someone comes into an appointment with a single specific concern that exists in a single specific area? A sigh of relief from the medical practitioner of course. What happens when the pain is unclear, behaves strangely, and in a multitude of locations. I approach this delema from the physical therapy perspective.
Far more of a question to ponder than facts to be told. A question I was asked to reflect on by one of my mentors early in my career. One I still reflect on and refine. I share my journey, so far, in searching an answer than resonates with me. This applies to far more than physical therapy, the health field, or any given career. Ask this question of yourself for any given role you fill. Your answers will provide great insight.
It feels great to be back. Everything has a season, flow within that season without forcing a damn thing. The passion will come without having to make things grueling and giving yourself unneccesary resistance. I'm changing this podcast up going forward in a way that will better serve my growth.
Every season has a reason. Breaks aren't bad. Time for me to get after this OCS! What are you getting after? Purposeful Adaptation.
Who you actively choose to learn from, at any stage of your life, will have a profound impact. Make sure they are someone worth pursuing. Not only for who they are today, but for who they are becoming. If your mentor isn't learning themselves, then you done messed up and made a poor life choice.