Beating the Bully
Hey guys it’s Dr. Lloyd and I had this AHA moment this morning when I was at the club working out and it’s allowed me to get back into my workout and I’m so excited about my workout. You know if you’re excited, you know if you’re motivated, and you know if you’re taking action you’re headed in the right direction. Right? I thought, I can use this principal that I learned for all areas of life success and I’m going to share it with you next.
About a week or two before Christmas I started to think about okay I need to get back into my old weight lifting routine, cardio routine, and flexibility routine at the club. I had kind of let some of my exercises slide and got real busy toward the end of the year. I started to take a look at all those weights and all those machines and all that exercise and my routine started to look like a bully.
You know we’re kind of afraid of bullies. In fact my routine was looking at me like this right; I thought, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me routine. So what did you do with bullies when you were in grade school? You avoided them, right? Then the bully workout gets to be bigger and bigger and bigger because you’re not working out, you’re not going to the club, and you’re not doing anything successful.
So here’s what I did. I decided that I could lower the number of plates or lower the weight in a particular exercise or lower the reps. I could start with this many exercises and then when my body said “hey this is fun let’s do more,” I could add. Well I’m already at that point because for two days in a row now I’ve been doing my routine, I’ve been looking forward to it, I’ve been excited on it, I feel it in my arms, and I’ve got better cardio.
So here’s the principal. We’ll avoid the bully so don’t make your marketing a bully, don’t make your patient training a bully, don’t make your staff training a bully, and don’t make your management a bully. Break it down into smaller pieces. Let me give you an example. So let’s say the training is difficult for you and it’s the start of the year and you want to make sure that all of your procedures are in really, really good shape.
So you need to start training, but it’s been so long since we’ve trained I don’t know what to do for 90 minutes. Well don’t train for 90 minutes. Get together and train for 5 minutes on 3 different things. In fact, have somebody who’s really good at routing patients, train the other CA’s on routing patients and then you make commentary. Get somebody who’s really, really good at doing a financial consultation, have them train the rest of the staff on doing a financial consultation and then you make comments.
And so what you can do is you can take this 90 minute bully and make it a 15 minute friend so that staff, honestly I’m going to promise you it’s going to work this way, they’ll think hey that was really fun and I’ve got some questions. Then they start to get interested in it.
So let’s talk about your workout. I haven’t been to the club in years. You know what, when I get up in the morning, and I get up early, I don’t have to go to the club I just have to get my feet on the ground. And then I don’t have to get dressed in my gear and go out into the cold and it’s real cold in Seattle right now. All I have to do is go downstairs. You know what’s waiting for me downstairs? My coffee, my coffee’s waiting. Coffee it’s good to see you buddy. So I have a cup of coffee, I have some eggs, and I watch a little TV and by that time I’m ready. I got my jacket on, my tennis shoes, put my baseball cap on and I’m ready to head out to the club.
Then I do a simple cardio exercise, nothing that’s a bully. Right? Now my body’s starting to say to me already, “Hey Noel you think we can do higher weight next time? Oh I suppose if you really want to. Oh yeah I’d really like to.” Instead of putting the discipline way up here and having it act like a bully, put the discipline right down here, but make sure that there’s discipline. Your body’s going tell you when it’s time to jump up to the next level. Wouldn’t it be fun to apply this principal in every single area of your life, every single area of your practice? So that’s one of the things that I’m excited about right now as you can tell, I hope, that I’m excited.
This is Dr. noel Lloyd for Five Star Management, for turning bullies into friends so that we can get the success that we want. I’ll talk to you later.