Simply Not Easy

Nick Davis


Welcome to the Simply Not Easy podcast with Nick Davis. This podcast is about simple action steps to better the journey of your life, as I look to better the journey of my own. Join me as I delve into the subtle and essential difference between simple and easy. As a doctor of physical therapy, food junkie, nature lover, mindset and exercise enthusiast, I share my own path to fulfillment with you as I develop it.

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714 episodes

SNE - 714 - Lunch Box Ball

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.

Oct 27, 2021
SNE - 713 - Working Out Through Picture and Video

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.

Oct 09, 2021
SNE - 712 - Telling and Receiving Life Stories

Not only is it more effective, it's way more enjoyable too

Oct 02, 2021
SNE - 711 - One Mission

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!

Sep 20, 2021
SNE - 710 - 9 11 Never Forget

9.11.21 9.11.01 20 years doesn't make it any less real. Never forget, always remember.

Sep 11, 2021
SNE - 709 - Bet on Yourself

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.

Sep 11, 2021
708 - Tension in the Rope

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.

Sep 04, 2021
SNE - 707 - Self Doubt is an Illusion

Reflecting on a recent realization I had. This is one to continue to ponder over time. Self doubt is an Illusion.

Aug 18, 2021
SNE - 706 - A Happy Mistake

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.

Aug 14, 2021
SNE - 705 - Are You Top 5

We hear it all the time. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Time to take this a layer deeper.

Jul 30, 2021
SNE - 704 - Your 20 Percent

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.

Jul 22, 2021
SNE - 703 - Manual Therapy and Joint Manips

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.

Jul 12, 2021
SNE - 702 - Happy Independence Day

Let freedom ring loud and clear. May we never forget those to sacrificed to make it possible. God Bless America.

Jul 04, 2021
SNE - 701 - Assemble Your (Medical) Team

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.

Jun 29, 2021
SNE - 700 - Siddhartha

My thoughts and reflections on a recent reading, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Here is my favorite quote from spending time in its pages: 'You search far too much, that in all that searching you don't find time for finding'

Jun 21, 2021
SNE - 699 - Strength Ain't Daily Life

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.

Jun 15, 2021
SNE - 698 - Scoliosis Con Ed Course

It was an awesome weekend taking a scoliosis course from Kellie Grimes. To say that this experience only brought the tip of the iceberg into view would be an understatement. It left me hungry and excited for far more.

Jun 10, 2021
SNE - 697 - Memorial Day

Our deepest gratitude and reverence to those who paid the ultimate price, who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

May 31, 2021
SNE - 696 - Overnight Success

Every successful person you know was an overnight success... To someone

May 29, 2021
SNE - 695 - Financially Motivated or Financially Aware

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.

May 22, 2021
SNE - 694 - 25+ years of crushing it

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.

May 09, 2021
SNE - 693 - So Much Pain, Not Enough Clarity

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.

May 02, 2021
SNE - 692 - Chronic Thoracic Pain Case Study

Sharing part of a case about a patient with chronic misunderstood pain. This was a fun one for me. 'Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler' - Einstein

Apr 24, 2021
SNE - 691 - Spider Web, New or Familiar

The analogy of a spider web is well suited to growth and networking opportunities. As always, there are far more than a single spider or web in a forest. Each have their advantages. Diversity may be a friend in this area.

Apr 18, 2021
SNE - 690 - Ankle Sprain in the Back

It's the same, but different, but how different really? I highlight a physical therapy case of a future high caliber essential worker with a new onset of back pain and delve into the management strategies used.

Apr 10, 2021
SNE - 689 - What Makes a Great PT?

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.

Apr 03, 2021
SNE - 688 - Don't Chase the Metrics

There are many effective motivating tools to lead us to better action. Don't mistake those tools for the desire itself or the deeper meaning behind the desire.

Mar 27, 2021
SNE - 687 - Return and Reconstruction

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.

Mar 19, 2021
SNE - 686 - Focus Friday: One More Hiatus For Spring Break; OCS

Every season has a reason. Breaks aren't bad. Time for me to get after this OCS! What are you getting after? Purposeful Adaptation.

Feb 13, 2021
SNE - 685 - Thoughtful Thursday: Are Your Mentors Getting Better?

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.

Feb 12, 2021