“Begin with the end in mind.” What “end” do you have in mind as you care for patients?
The cessation of the physical, chemical or emotional stress that created a patient’s subluxation pattern? The restoration of spinal curves and improved biomechanics? The reduction or elimination of the patient’s presenting complaint? The patient’s compliance? The patient’s admiration and respect?
Unfortunately, you have little or no control of these outcomes. Focusing on them is a recipe for disappointment. They are tempting forms of pride that produce a reliance on your self-efforts, leading to doubt and a lack of confidence.
Instead, trust the wisdom of their body to use the energy you add to its greatest advantage. Instead, make the patient the hero, not your intervention. Instead, show up as a humble servant, unconcerned about reputation or outcomes you can’t control. Allow your being to be more powerful than your doing.