Traffic jams lead to practice success?

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While sitting in traffic in Cape Cod, it suddenly dawned on me why some DCs choose to not own up to their talent.

 For those who have experienced traffic in the summer heat on the Cape (or similar circumstances) this is for you.  There I was in a mile long traffic jam.  A two lane road each way with one side flowing quite nicely and the other a congested parking lot.  Anger and frustration was beginning to mount in me as well as many of my closest friends and relatives.  Horns sounding, hands pounding the steering wheel, people standing on hoods of cars to see how far out the traffic was—all producing no results.  On the radio played upbeat songs, and yet I was at a standstill instead of cruising down the highway.  Remaining calm was rapidly becoming a non-option.  I just sat there thinking about all the people I could call and complain to.  Even though being stuck in traffic was terrible…I was in a perverse way drawn to it because I thought I had no options.  There was something eerily familiar about being in a circumstance where I chose to just ‘grin and bear it’ with all the others.

Even though I was stuck…there were still solutions if I had the courage to not do what everyone else was doing!

GPS, Google Maps, and Siri were of limited value.  Then it hit me; I could turn around and travel back the opposite direction (freely floDr. Kevin in a traffic jamwing) and take Route 3. Because I had already gone over the Sagamore Bridge headed towards Route 495, there was an opportunity to get out of the traffic jam, but I would have to endure the horns and the exasperation of people watching me do a U-turn (some people actually flipped me a one finger salute like I was cheating my way out of doing my duty for society).  The saying misery loves company comes to mind.  There was a strong tribal pull to remain stuck in that traffic jam…just like everybody else.  But there was also a voice inside me that said, ‘don’t do what everybody else is doing.’  It’s almost a mantra in my life.  One thing was for sure…it would be certain that I’d be stuck in traffic for hours if I didn’t seize the opportunity.  I banged a U-ey.

I still might be in that traffic jam

Staying stuck amounts to a non-decision.  It’s accepting your fate and circumstance with no hope of ever solving your problems.  It reminds me of so many great DCs who accept being stuck in their current circumstances with no options.  It’s so easy to keep doing what is obviously not working.  The real genius or opportunity rests in taking a chance to get out of your circumstances, regardless of what people think of you.

Did you know there weren’t any tutors readily available to the average student back in the day?

It’s true!  Ask your parents.  You either passed the course or you flunked it.  Today, tutors are a way of life.  When you speak with an adult that grew up without tutors and you mention tutors, they say with a disparaging tone, “It makes it easy on the student.”  Yes, that’s exactly right.  Everything doesn’t have to be hard.  Let it be easy.  Just because most DCs will stay stuck in traffic doesn’t mean you have to do the same.  We are a Chiropractic coaching group that attracts DCs who are willing to be different and do different things to stand out instead of blending in with the countless people stuck in life.