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How to beat practice burnout!

How to beat practice burnout!


Hey this is Dr. Noel Lloyd and I’m out in front of Five Star headquarters and a beautiful Seattle summers day.

I’ve got a question for you, are we having fun yet? Let me tell you why I ask that question. I was on the phone earlier today with a guy who said that he was burnt out and he shouldn’t be or excuse me, shouldn’t is pejorative. There’s just no reason to be burnt out in chiropractic.

There’s so many wonderful, great things but burn out is defined as your emotional outlay exceeds your emotional income. If you’re doing stuff that is drudgery and you’re not enjoying it, quit it.

Let’s just take a look at the most basic unit of work that a chiropractor does in his or her practice. It’s the office call, it’s the chiropractic adjustment. I want you to structure that so it’s as much fun as it possibly can be. There’s a cheerful greeting, there’s a professional check-up so that you’re technically sharp, there’s a great chiropractic adjustment, you’re talking about chiropractic wins, other testimonies, you’re educating on chiropractic and you’re getting out of that encounter without getting in these long, drawn-out emotional conversations that quite honestly don’t have any place in your practice at all.

You do one of those and you think hey that was kind of fun, I wonder if I can do another. You educate your patients, you’re talking on purpose, you’re present-time consciousness is at it’s peak so at the end of the hour maybe you’ve done 10, 12, 16, 20 or more of those interactions and you think that was fun! Now, that’s called a power-hour.

Then you start stringing your power-hours together and then pretty soon, boom, the day is gone! Why? Because you were on purpose, you were focused on doing the best work that you can do, you were in good conversations, you were having fun.

So, I used to leave the clinic, granted in my younger years, I would leave the clinic in my 30s and my 40s and just be energized and had surplus energy because my emotional income exceeded my outlay. You should practice in such a way that you get more energy from it than it requires from you. It’s also a very, very good reason to use Five Star procedures because when you do it’s just easier and so there’s less emotional outlay.

This is Dr. Noel Lloyd asking the great question, are we having any fun yet and if it’s not fun than it needs to be and it certainly can be. Talk to you later, buh bye.



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