In a workshop I'm doing with the League of Chiropractic women, I have spent time in reflection and discovered my fear about this book.
I am not certain all I want it to do for you will be experienced...after all, it's the experience I create, right...and how YOU experience the book is so far beyond my control.
So I'm jumping! Last edits WILL be done within 2 weeks, draft shared to my preview audience and the goal is to publish by my 50th birthday in March.
It's almost comical...the "launch" in my heart was for Chiropractic's birthday...and then this crazy, fiscally responsible and perfectly timed opportunity presented. I bought a house that needs some work, BUT allows for me to move my step dad / doc IN WITH US! (remember mom died March 2017, different post)
...and the computer died.
...and we moved (after 25 years in the old house).
...and the new computer was dropped (by me, carrying too much...imagine that)
...and the edits were lost again...
...so, here we are...and I'm prayerful that you'll be buying this for yourself and staff as a holiday gift.
...and I'm trusting that the edits are being refined each time I make them...because it seems the draft that continues to be "lost" is in need of more attention.
Thank you for your patience and continued interest!
The labor pains are real!
Pushing this baby OUT, finally!
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Onward! There is work to do!!
We created a win, win, win, win situation. Win for Philip to continue the opportunity to practice and generate income, win for a new doc to have a practice she could step into that she can grow with and eventually own, win for me to see the fruit of my decades of commitment to the clinic and our patients, win for the patient and community to have the continued resource of the clinic. When my book is published, there will be a lot of emphasis on ownership. How to create it for staff as well as calling for the responsibility of who has the most “skin in the game” … ensuring the weights of responsibility rest appropriately and owners can be inspired to value the team.
As I've been back in the throws of running a practice AND OptiMOM Coaching, the available time to write has been limited to say the least. Add the immense season of grief and the already full family life...I'm trusting the timing of delivery, imperative to ensure a safe experience.
My expression is shifting though, having just passed the year mark of Mom's death, I feel the season of writing coming again. Winter is passing...
yep - let's be honest here
So here's what happened...mom died.
I thought I was "taking my hands off the wheel" of the ship...so to speak...
I thought I was saying "you HAVE TO OWN THIS, I DON"T OWN THIS this ship called a practice and so I can't make things right if I don't have the authority to steer it'.
You see, as staff...you can't won what you don't own...
you just don't.
...until you do.
.I’ve worked in the practice since 1989. After mom died in March, sooner than any of us anticipated, Philip (DC who I’ve worked for since ’89 and step-dad) couldn’t lose the clinic and Mom so asked me to own it with him. The clinic was capsizing under the weight of my parents’ health conditions. After my mother passed, Philip gave me equity in the clinic and authority to “right the sails”.
So Creating the Chiropractic Experience is being given a new lens to look through. More next year after the ship has been "righted" and the journey onward is well underway.
My neighbor gave birth to a tiny 6 lb baby last week...how very precious and just beginning to "fill in" with the meat on her bones. Another dear woman in my world had a 5 lb little the week before...limbs just barely the width of an adult finger. Miraculous, yes? These little gifts from the other side of the veil...these gifts that are already radically impacting "their world".
This book IS coming...this book, like babies with siblings, has been preceded by other works that are preparing it; giving it more "meat" on it's bones that will bring more strength when it arrives. My birth history is to deliver 10 lb babies; they cook a little longer, arrive a bit heavier and like all other gifts that come through us, create change.
The latest news is that the book titled Creating Your OptiMOM Experience will arrive first. It will come with video workshops that support each chapter. This work will begin to frame the expression of Creating Chiropractic Experiences; a gift for the profession that will impact all who are willing to engage; fully or even just to be witness from the edges of it's influence. There seems to be a "preparing the way" dynamic that I hadn't anticipated yet am curious about...
I'm choosing to be fascinated rather than frustrated. Currently, the awareness sits with the clarification of my work at the clinic being "finished" as a CA before the book can come "out". Much like taking leave before birth, this baby will arrive when I truly step away from the practice. For now, I'm covering shifts and still seeing patients...mind you, I love them. I appreciate the relationships with them and am honored to empower their choices toward a chiropractic lifestyle; loving them where they are and supporting them regardless of their readiness to pursue a lifelong relationship with chiropractic. For now, I'll still step in to hold that space for them at the front desk...until I won't...and I'm aware that that day is coming soon.
Just that - "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou
This baby is real, it's forming and I choose to delight in it's continued development. No doubt, there is pain in participating the process. Each time we're showing the practice to perspective buyers I ache and we rehearse what will be...and we ready ourselves more.
Thank you for checking on this story's progress.
So for a moment, when I saw some really important work being launched that really does a super job of "asking the right questions" and providing a medium to share the VALUABLE and critical answers with staff, I got so tickled. THIS team of doctors is DOING my book concept. Hallelujah! It's being born, grown, and cared for.
For a moment, I felt some "lack" for not having "done what I had felt mine to do for so long ...though knowing I've been totally obedient to trust timing and process, listening to the present moment nudges and innate direction for prioritizing my Great Work (contribution). YET , I didn't feel cheated or slighted. The recognition that the work must come was far more prevailing than me being the one to do it. After all, let's be Real about what's important, right?
THEN, immediately after the deep Peace came, the very easy release / acceptance that "maybe I was just to carry this baby until time for birth", I got the message that THIS BABY, Creating The Chiropractic Experience, isn't fully formed. It IS, mine to express.
You see, we just listed the practice for sale. Heartbreaking. My doctor has type I diabetes and it's cost on his ability to own and run the practice have compromised it's expression. While still a gifted doctor, too much isn't in his "ability to respond" appropriately...not able to be response -able for the OWNERSHIP of the clinic.
He was still a student when I started working in the clinic in 1989. I'll stay through his career...that is part of the "fully formed" picture. I'm honored.
SO...not sure when THIS baby is born, but I can assure you it's still coming. For now, I'll still love and serve in the varying capacities that I'm directed in THIS season.
For now, enjoy an interview I did on ChiroBusiness MoJo and a few articles on The Circle of Docs website:
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