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Living Life Like It’s Your Final At-Bat

It was the ninth inning, a tie game, and 60 degrees outside in the crisp New York air. Up to the plate, with one out and a man on second base, Derek Jeter, AKA “The Captain,” steps up to the plate. The crowd was screaming its lungs out, “D-E-R-E-K J-E-T-E-R,” as this was going to be Derek’s final ever at-bat in New York wearing the pinstripes. The Baltimore Orioles bring in their closer, who has only thrown 4 pitches this game, so his arm is still very fresh. The pitcher takes his time and throws the ball at 86 mph; Derek makes contact with it. The ball is a line drive into right field, and the man on second base rounds third for home plate and slides over the dish while the catcher drops the ball. The runner scores, giving the Yankees the win and Derek Jeter’s final bat at Yankees Stadium is an RBI and walk off victory.

Many people love Derek, as we never hear about him in the news for any scandals involving drug abuse or anything else negative surrounded with sports. The buzz about Derek is positive about his loyalty, selflessness, and dedication to winning as a team.

If there was one thing I saw in Derek that I take away as pure value, it was how every time he swung the bat in all 11,191 attempts, he swung as if it was his last at bat. He took his time, warmed up with the goal in mind, and was laser-focused on his end result or goal. You could see the focus in his eyes every time he stepped up to the plate and the seriousness he had about the game. He wasn’t doing this sport because he wanted ‘celebrity’ status or to be in the tabloids. He played the game because he loved the game and took it seriously.

Look at your personal life and whether you are treating people like it could be your last interaction with them or expecting many more occasions. Think about whether you would regret anything if something unfortunately happened to them or you. It always upsets me when I see families who hold grudges for decades and then when their relative is on their deathbed, you hear them saying “I wish we would have spent more time together” or “I should have never held that grudge”.

In your professional life, do you show up to work wanting to impress your clients or customers because you never know if it could be your last interaction with them, or do you become too comfortable with them and begin to slack off on the service you are providing them? The reason most successful companies become so successful is because they are constantly focusing on how to BE and DO better. They do not settle for the status quo but constantly challenge themselves to provide the highest level of everything to their clients because of passion and drive.

I love chiropractics and have seen thousands of cases of people getting well without the use of drugs and surgery, athletes performing their best because of a healthy body, and children growing up with a healthy spine. If you walked into my office and observed my staff and I, you would see that our goal is to make each visit matter and count for the patient. We leave nothing on the table and never treat anyone with the expectations they will come back but making sure to impress them with exceptional customer service and the best chiropractic care. We treat the patient as if it is our last at-bat with them, giving them the best care.

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One of the Biggest 9/11 Heroes

Roughly 1 week ago, I was watching SportsCenter with my wife, and we both became sincerely inspired while watching a 13-minute documentary on Welles Crowther, who saved 12 people from the World Trade Center after the 9-11 attacks and died when the buildings collapsed with him inside. The documentary had some valuable lessons.

The question was asked before the story, what would you do in the last hour of your life and how would people remember you?

The question got me thinking deeply about my life and the impact, if any, I have made in the lives of people whom I have crossed paths with.

Every week I see hundreds of amazing people at my office; I get to spend my life with the most wonderful women, who keeps me balanced; I get to world_trade_center_01spend a lot of time doing lunches, dinners, sports, and other activities with a lot of friends; I have the best staff helping me to make a difference, and very soon, I will have a baby to teach me even more about life.

This video had me reflecting on my relationship with these people and if I have made a difference in any of their lives.

To me, all of us were put on this Earth to fulfill some mission we may not know yet, and Welles Crowther fulfilled his in unfortunate circumstances, but his legacy will live on, and so will the dozens of people he saved.

I began looking at my life and questioning the opportunities I may have turned down for selfish reasons and the opportunities I accepted because of acts of service. Everyday we are presented with hundreds of choices, and those choices will either move us toward having a greater legacy or bring us down to not making any difference in the world.

This week, stay focused and be observant of those opportunities, and listen to more people, as the smallest conversations usually hold the highest value.

I like to carry in my pocket a sharpie and an index card, where I always write down ideas and different ways I can help build my legacy.

I encourage you to watch the video below of Welles Crowther and this week begin to look at the opportunities presented to you to see if those are signs to help you leave a legacy.

I know my legacy is to help others understand the importance of the human body and how it heals without having to rely on drugs and surgeries. I was put here to show people that happiness is part of who we are, and living a prosperous and abundant life is something that we choose. Every decision we make moves us closer or further away from living a sustainable happy life, and saying yes to opportunities can move us closer.

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Monday Morning Motivation: Week of September 14, 2014

“Never give up, you’re never too old to pursue your dreams, and trust in a team to reach your goals.”

Those are the words of Cuba-to-Florida swimmer Diane Nyad.

On August 31, 2013 at 8:59 AM, Diane Nyad set off from the coast of Cuba to make the 110-mile swim to Key West, Florida. This would be the first time in history the swim was completed by anyone without a shark cage. Attempts have been made since 1950, but nobody has made the swim from Cuba to Florida.

Her accomplishment is more than amazing, but her statements and language are what impressed me the most. I am a huge fan of watching people push themselves beyond what they think it possible and breaking through the status quo.

Let’s take a look at Diane’s 3 life lessons and see how they affect your life: 

1) She failed 4 times in her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida, and not once did she consider making that failure her last attempt at the swim. The challenge began in 1978, and after 36 years, she has completed her goal. Diane exemplifies a super characteristic of successful people in all areas of life, where the attitude of “never give up” is extremely strong. She was bit by jellyfish multiple times, dehydrated, swimming through 2–3 foot swells. When you are in a tough relationship, do you give up and break up or get divorced, orKNXV_Diana_Nyad_20130902054223_320_240 do you work on finding out the reason why you fell in love with that person in the first place? When your business is not doing well, do you give up and quit, or do you take control of the situation and make life work for you? When your finances are not holding up, do you declare bankruptcy to avoid paying back money, or do you find ways to create income, even though it’s not exactly where you want to work? When you miss a few workouts or eat unhealthy a few times, do you give up and stop working out or stop eating healthy, or do you get back on the wagon and recommit to being healthy?

2) At the age of 60, she made her 2nd attempt at swimming from Cuba to Florida, and she said her purpose was to show people they are never too old to accomplish their goals. Usually, by the time most Americans reach the age of 60, they are getting ready to retire, but at age 60, Diane is just getting started. It is said that many people live shorter lives post-retirement because of a loss of purpose. In Okinawa, which is known as a Blue Zone, meaning lots of people live to be over 100 years, they have something called an Ikigai. An Ikigai is their sense of living and their purpose for being on this world. It could be playing soccer, spending time with loved ones, public speaking for a group, or mentoring younger children. They find this Ikigai at a young age, and it either keeps adapting to them as they adapt, or they keep strengthening a new one. In the USA, we wait and are always waiting for the next milestone before we live our lives, such as: when we graduate college, when we get married, when we have a baby, when we get the promotion, and when we retire. We are in this rat race and are ultimately sucked into a world of not living out our true purpose. Diane found her Ikigai in distance swimming and inspiring others. What is the Ikigai that will keep you living longer and still following your dreams once you retire?

3) Diane had a team of over 20 people working with her to help her achieve her goals. There is no way she could have flown to Cuba by herself, jumped in the water, and swam 100 miles with no surveillance or team. You may not realize this, but there is a team of people in your life that want you to do well and want you to live a great life. Are you asking your team to help you achieve your dreams? Does your team even know your dreams? In my practice, I feel that I have an all-star team, and if I want to have an all-star life, then those are the players I need to pick on my team. The great news is you get to decide who is on your team, so get drafting.

 

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Monday Morning Motivation: Week of September 7, 2014

The week of September 7th is an important week for many Americans as 9/11 will fall during this week. September 11th is known as one of the saddest days in our country’s history and is remember by people all over the world. In fact, most people can tell you exactly where they were the moment the first plane ran into the World Trade Center.Love-We-Make-350x262

Even though this represents an unfortunate day for most of us, there is a valuable lesson we should take into our personal lives. The day 9/11 happened, our country came together and we bonded as one. We loved everyone and were willing to do anything for anyone at that moment in time. The countless stories of people doing everything in their power to save the lives of others was inspiring.

Unfortunately in our day-to-day lives, when there is no tragic moment or disaster occurring, our level of care for others diminishes. For example, I know many people that hold grudges against family members, but when their family member is on their deathbed, they regret holding the grudge and wish they loved them more. Love is a natural thing for humans, and our body desires this feeling much more than hate, as hate is unnatural for us.

This week focus on loving more, doing more for others, and being more for yourself. Call the people in your life, and tell them you love them, or give a stranger a hug.
If you did something special for someone this week or went out of your comfort zone, then share it below so we can all learn from each other.

As the legend Bob Marley says, “One Love.”