TDT’s 10 Daily Rituals to Become a Lion Among Sheep – By: Dr. Matt Lindsay

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We live in a society of “SHEEP”  People are sensitive to everything. A world where people need safe spaces because their feelings got hurt. If we don’t prefer something, we complain. People think life isn’t fair to only them. They put the blame on others instead of themselves. It’s in this world, one breed that stands tall. THE LION!!! Lions will rise against the sheep. The Lions are the successful ones. Every time you turn to look around, they’ve accomplished something greater. While you are staying a sheep, their roar is getting louder. Those who are lions started as cubs. Perhaps they were once sheep themselves. But you can transform into a Lion.

 TDT’s 10 Daily Rituals of the Lions in the World:

1. A Lion gets up before sunrise

Most people get out of bed and go straight to work. They take hours to get started. Then it’s lunch time. Their full and unproductive once again. They go home from work executing minimal.

The lion gets up before the sunrise. They wake between four and five in the morning. When you’re getting up, a lion has done work. In what you achieve in one day, a lion has accomplished by nine in the morning.

Lions include this practice on the weekends. They don’t slip into the mediocrity mindset. They don’t care about going out and partying. A lions work wakes him.

2. A Lion Takes COLD Showers

While most people don’t dare to take a cold shower, a lion takes one everyday. Whether it’s zero degrees or eighty degrees, he knows through this uncomfortable process, he will get stronger.

A lion understands that if he can get an edge over his competition, he will take it. Hot showers have no benefit for a person. Cold showers can help relieve your stress and boost your energy levels.

No matter how tough it might be, a lion will take a cold shower. Others will think of him as crazy, he knows the average mindset speaking.

3. A Lion Reads for 1 hour a day

Lions are improving themselves every day. The person they were last month doesn’t compare to the person they were today. Lions read between fifty to sixty books per year. They read books on everything and have a vast knowledge of the world.

Sheep read one book per year if that. They’re not listening to audiotapes in the car. Reading a book won’t cross their mind. Lions will use this to their advantage. A true lion knows if it wants to get ahead in life, he must apply the knowledge he reads. He’s a voracious reader and let’s nothing stand in his way.

4. A Lion Completes your predetermined daily tasks

Before each day, a lion writes what he must achieve. He numbers the list and knows when he wakes up the next morning, he’ll hit the ground running.

With the tasks to achieve, a lion is sacred in completing them. No one will stop him from achieving the day. When a lion sets these tasks, they are out of his reach. This will force him to grow.

He will not sleep until his tasks are done. Lions have the self-discipline it takes to become successful. They know it starts with what they do each day.

5. A Lion doesn’t waste time

Sheep of the world spend countless hours on their phone and watching TV. You wouldn’t dare to see a lion use a TV in his house. They don’t want that temptation.

The only time they use their phone is if they are doing business. While majority of people are wasting time on social media, lions are completing their tasks. They are getting faster and they are getting stronger. Lions use this as an asset.

A lion uses the power of suppression to dull the need to waste time. They don’t pick up the phone unless they need to. Lions don’t know what’s happening in the world. They are one-hundred percent focused on growing their business and mastering their craft.

6. A Lion Eats healthy 

Lions pay attention to what they’re eating. Sheep eat everything in sight. They don’t understand how it will affect their performance. Sheep put it off until tomorrow while a lion focuses on today.

A lion will plan out his meals according to a schedule. He knows when to take a break and eat. He focuses on eating the foods that will sustain and give him energy throughout the day. A sheep never pays attention to his diet. A lion will gain power. Trust me, they put it to their best use.

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – La Rochefoucauld

 

7. A Lion Exercises

Someone who’s a lion never goes a full day without exercise. Whether that’s power lifting or cardio. You wouldn’t catch a lion not improving his body. A sheep is one to never workout.

Lions have their programs for working out. They either purchased these or work with a trainer. Lions understand that it’s not only important to strengthen your mind, but to strengthen your body. There’s not one place in which a lion wants to lack.

Sometimes a lion won’t want to workout. He’ll still force himself to go to the gym or go outside for a run. Once again, a lion sees this as themselves getting stronger.

8. A Lion follows their PURPOSE

A lion doesn’t want to work for someone else. Each and every one of us has our own calling. The sheep will tremble in fear. They think others will think different of them. Sheep are paralyzed by their fears of what could go wrong.

The Lion goes after his dream, even if he knows he might fail. He’d want to spend his entire life chasing his dream rather than creating someone else’s. With each passing day, a lion is getting better on his craft.

Every person in this world knows what their passion is. It’s hidden inside of ourselves. Sheep keep it trapped while lions let it roar.

9. SHOWS others why they’re the beast

Everyone wants to be a beast until it’s time to do what beasts do. When others are scared to take a risk, lions capitalize. When there’s blood in the streets, lions make a fortune.

Sheep procrastinate on their tasks. They put it off until tomorrow. A lion smells fear and goes in for the kill. They don’t wait for the ideal time. There is never a more perfect time than in the present.

When it’s Saturday night and the sheep are out partying, the lion is grinding. He doesn’t use a parameter for time. The weekend is another day to work on his craft.

10. A Lion isn’t AFRAID to SCARE himself

Lions have one task every day that scares them.
A lion might meditate for twenty minutes instead of ten. It could be making one-hundred sales call in a day instead of fifty. A lion knows if it wants to grow, he must get out of its comfort zone.

While the sheep stay complacent, a lion is scaring themselves. They want to meet failure, to learn from the circumstance. A sheep wouldn’t dare to break out of their daily routine. Lions venture into new territory. Places they’ve never been. They conquer new lands and hold the throne to new kingdoms.

 

By:  Dr. Matt Lindsay

TDT’s Unreal Reads: Babies Show Ripple Effects of Mother’s Stress from 9/11 Trauma – Dr. Matt Lindsay

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Ripple Effects of Mother’s Stress from 9/11 Trauma are a VERY REAL THING!

Chevy Chase, MD, May 3, 2005 – Pregnant women present during the September 11 World Trade Center collapse have passed on markers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to their unborn babies through trans-generational transmission. The findings strengthen the evidence for in utero or early life risk factors for the later development of adult mental or physical disorders. The study will be published online today in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, one of the four journals produced by The Endocrine Society.

060910cover-3Previous studies led researchers to believe that reduced cortisol levels observed in the adult children of Holocaust survivors could be attributed to mostly environmental factors, such as the stress of living with a parent who is depressed or anxious, or the experience of vicarious traumatization based on hearing stories of how parents suffered, rather than a ‘transmitted’ biological trait. “In the current study, reduced stress hormone levels were observed in infants, suggesting a larger role for very early environmental, genetic, or genetic-environmental interactions than previously thought,” explains Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study.

Scientists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Edinburgh studied the 060910cover-1relationship between maternal posttraumatic stress syndrome disorder (PTSD) symptoms and salivary cortisol levels in 38 women and their infants. Mothers who experienced symptoms of PTSD in response to 9/11 had lower cortisol levels compared to mothers who did not develop this condition. Moreover, approximately one year after birth, the babies of mothers who had developed PTSD symptoms had significantly lower cortisol levels compared to that in babies of mothers who developed only minimal symptoms. This decrease in cortisol levels among the infants was similar to their mothers’ hormonal response to PTSD. Since lower cortisol levels in relation to maternal PTSD were most apparent in babies born to mothers who were in their third trimester on 9/11, the data implicate the possibility of in utero effects as contributors to a putative biological risk factor for PTSD.

“The findings suggest that mechanisms for transgenerational transmission of biologic effects of trauma may have to do with very early parent-child attachments,” says Dr. Yehuda, “and possibly even in utero effects related to cortisol programming.”

JCE&M is one of four journals published by The Endocrine Society. Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones, and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Endocrinologists are specially trained doctors who diagnose, treat and conduct basic and clinical research on complex hormonal disorders such as diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, obesity, hypertension, cholesterol and reproductive disorders. Today, The Endocrine Society’s membership consists of over 12,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students, in more than 80 countries. Together, these members represent all basic, applied, and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Chevy Chase, Maryland. To learn more about the Society, and the field of endocrinology, visit the Society’s web site at endo-society.org

TDT’s Top 10 Signs it’s Time to Let Go – By: Dr. Matt Lindsay

Holding on is being brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier.

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1.) Someone expects you to be someone you’re not

Don’t change who you are for anyone else.  It’s wiser to lose someone over being who you are, than to keep them by being someone you’re not.  Because it’s easier to mend a broken heart, than it is to piece together a shattered identity.  It’s easier to fill an empty space in your life where someone else used to be, than it is to fill the empty space inside yourself where YOU used to be.

2.) A person’s actions don’t match their words

Everybody deserves somebody who helps them look forward to tomorrow.  If someone has the opposite effect on you, because they are consistently inconsistent and their actions don’t match up with their words, it’s time to let them go.  It’s always better to be alone than to be in bad company.  True friendship is a promise made in the heart – silent, unwritten, unbreakable by distance, and unchangeable by time.  Don’t listen to what people say; watch what they do.  Your true friends will slowly reveal themselves over time.

3.) You catch yourself forcing someone to love you 

Let us keep in mind that we can’t force anyone to love us.  We shouldn’t beg someone to stay when they want to leave.  That’s what love is all about – freedom.  However, the end of love is not the end of life.  It should be the beginning of an understanding that love sometimes leaves for a reason, but never leaves without a lesson.  If someone truly loves you, they will never give you a reason to doubt it.  Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you, but it takes someone really special to stay in your life and prove how much they love you.  Sometimes it takes awhile to find the right person, but the right person is always worth the wait.

4.) An intimate relationship is based strictly on physical attraction

Being beautiful is more than how many people you can get to look at you, or how others perceive you at a single glance.  It’s about what you live for.  It’s about what defines you.  It’s about the depth of your heart, and what makes you unique.  It’s about being who you are and living out your life honestly.  It’s about those little quirks that make you, you.  People who are only attracted to you because of your pretty face or nice body won’t stay by your side forever.  But the people who can see how beautiful your heart is will never leave you.

5.) Someone continuously breaks your trust

Love means giving someone the chance to hurt you, but trusting them not to.  When you completely trust a person, without any doubt, you’ll automatically get one of two results – a FRIEND for life or a LESSON for life.  Either way there’s a positive outcome.  Either you confirm the fact that this person cares about you, or you get the opportunity to weed them out of your life and make room for those who do.  In the end you’ll discover who’s fake, who’s true, and who would risk it all for you.  And trust me, some people will totally surprise you.

6.) Someone continuously overlooks your worth

Know your worth! When you give yourself to someone who doesn’t respect you, you surrender pieces of your soul that you’ll never get back.  There comes a point when you have to let go and stop chasing some people.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll find a way to put you there.  Sometimes you just need to let go and accept the fact that they don’t care for you the way you care for them.  Let them leave your life quietly.  Letting go is oftentimes easier than holding on.  We think it’s too hard to let go, until we actually do.  Then we ask ourselves, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

7.) You are never given a chance to speak your mind 

Sometimes an argument saves a relationship, whereas silence breaks it.  Speak up for your heart so that you won’t have regrets.  Life is not about making others happy.  Life is about being honest and sharing your happiness with others.

8.) You are frequently forced to sacrifice your happiness

If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance and in the negative before you know it.  Know when to close the account.  It’s always better to be alone with dignity than in a relationship that constantly requires you to sacrifice your happiness and self-respect.

9.) You truly dislike your current situation, routine, job, etc…

It’s better to be a failure at something you love than to succeed at doing something you hate.  Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.  The best thing you can do in life is follow your heart.  Take risks.  Don’t just make the safe and easy choices because you’re afraid of what might happen.  If you do, nothing will ever happen.  Chances must be taken, mistakes must be made, and lessons must be learned.  It might be an uphill climb, but when you reach that mountaintop it will be worth every ounce of blood, sweat and tears you put into it.

10.) You catch yourself obsessing over, and living in, the past

Eventually you will overcome the heartache, and forget the reasons you cried, and who caused the pain.  Eventually you will realize that the secret to happiness and freedom is not about control or revenge, but in letting things unfold naturally, and learning from your experiences over the course of time.  After all, what matters most is not the first, but the final chapter of your life, which unveils the details of how well you wrote your story.  So let go of the past, set yourself free, and open your mind to the possibility of new relationships and priceless experiences.

And the one thing you should never let go of is hope.  Remember what you deserve and keep pushing forward.  Someday all the pieces will come together.  Unimaginably good things will transpire in your life, even if everything doesn’t turn out exactly the way you had anticipated.  And you will look back at the times that have passed, smile, and ask yourself, “How did I get through all of that?”

By: Dr. Matt Lindsay

TDT’s 7 Characteristics That Separate A Boss From A Leader – By: Dr. Matt Lindsay

While a leader can be a boss, not every boss is a leader.FullSizeRender (6) Although leaders and bosses have nearly identical definitions, in effect, they are different in today’s competitive world.

Just the term “leader” evokes more positivity than that of “boss.” However, when people dream of getting to higher positions in life, business or politics, they dream more about being bosses than leaders.

A possible explanation for this is that being a leader requires much more responsibility in a job than being a boss, seeing as being the boss doesn’t necessarily require going above and beyond to impress a superior.

While a boss is mostly concerned with outcomes, a leader feels responsible for the process of that outcome and the people who see it out. Check out some major points that distinguish a leader from a boss:

1. Leaders lead rather than rule.

Throughout history, the best chiefs headed their troops in fights or campaigns or whatever. The troops were not afraid because their leader was right there with them. Leaders are there to lead the team forward and to move together.


2. Leaders listen and speak rather than command.

Bosses tend to give orders; they need their employees to listen and to obey. However, leaders always listen to the opinions of their colleagues and regard them as important.

Leaders are always ready for advising, discussion and any feedback an employee has to offer. This reciprocity makes any individual employee feel stronger and gives him or her confidence to follow the leader.FullSizeRender (7)


3. Leaders motivate rather than terrify.

While working on projects, people have their ups and downs. Through this roller coaster, bosses are more likely to intimidate into action while leaders will motivate to action.

One of the best things about leaders is that they offer empathy and prepare a group for the tasks at hand. This is very important, seeing as whenever colleagues are not prepared for certain duties, leaders are there to support, teach and back them up. Leaders know that each employee is on the team for a reason and they have faith in every concerted effort.


4. Leaders teach and learn rather than expect and ignore.

A true leader is the person who has self-esteem, but who is not arrogant nor embarrassed to learn from those with lower titles. They know that it is never late to learn more.

This explains the tendency of leaders to always pay attention to their colleagues, knowing there is always more to  learn from them. Moreover, leaders are not only takers, but givers, as well. A good leader is not greedy for sharing knowledge and experience with someone else; instead, the leader teaches and nurtures new professionals.


5. Leaders take part rather than stay aside.

While bosses choose to stay aside in the job, leaders take initiative. They watch over the progress of work, make adjustments where necessary and aid team members. They choose to be a part of the team rather than bossing the team around.


6. Leaders reprimand rather than scold or shout.

When necessary, a leader offers constructive criticism. However, a leader never scolds or shouts at any individual, especially in public. They do understand that they are dealing with people and no one has right to humiliate others. Rather, the leader talks to the person individually and without any spike in temper.


7. Leaders establish equal relationships.

FullSizeRender (5)Anyone who has ever worked on a team knows what it feels like when the manager chooses his favorites and non-favorites. It always causes stress and tension among team members which compromises productivity.

A good leader tries to treat everyone equally and to not allow personal preferences affect the team dynamic.

During your life, you will face two kinds of managers: leaders and bosses. It does not matter how high the position of these individuals; bossy people are more likely to fail while those who lead will succeed.

Maybe the things I mentioned above do not make any sense for you now, but eventually, you will experience the difference and garner a greater understanding of which manager you prefer for your own professional life.

By:  Dr. Matt Lindsay

Why Limited Associateships Are Killing Chiropractors – By: Dr. Matt Lindsay

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Ask yourself something……Are you a circus elephant ??????

Seriously, are you a circus elephant ?????? Think about that one!

You guys have seen them, how these ‘elephant trainers’ at circuses are able to control this 2-ton elephants with a mere shackle tied down to a wooden stake to the ground.  These majestic, memorable , powerful animals are being held by a stake in the ground that literally you or I could move with the use of our bare hands.

Why is that?  You see, when a baby elephant gets handed to a circus they put a shackle on him attached to a wooden stake to the ground.  He will try and try with all his power to get out of it with no success, eventually creating pain.  Until he gives up.  In his head, doesn’t matter what he does he is bound to that wooden stake for the rest of his life.  His mind has been trapped in a box full of limits.

Once the circus elephant grows up to be a 2-ton glorious elephant he will still believe that wooden stake holds him back.  He has been conditioned to believe that getting out of the stake is not only painful, but futile.  He won’t even try.  All of his potential, his strength, his majesty are being held down by his acceptance on believing those limitations.

I ask you again, are you a circus elephant?

For me, the answer was yes. Let me repeat that, it WAS yes.  I was an associate for a full year and half in an office that didn’t appreciate what I did, and most of the time hated how I did it.  Only because I was led to believe I :  “_______________________________________”

  1. “Needed the experience”
  2. “That I needed to pay my dues.”
  3. “60% of Chiropractors fail within one year of opening a practice”
  4. “Banks aren’t giving loans. Unless I have a rich uncle, where am i going to get the money to start?”
  5. “My student loans are way too big…maybe I should work for someone else for a while.”
  6. “I’m not ready”
  7. “I couldn’t do any better and that there were thousands of Dr. Matt’s out there! That I was a dime a dozen.”

These were all the limitations, my wooden stake, that I had right after graduating.  It held me back.  I struggled to believe I was going to be able to do it on my own.  I was conditioned to believe this, associateship,  was the natural and safest way to go.  The other route, the entrepreneurial route, was painful and futile.  Why are associateships killing Chiropractors?Because it’s creating circus elephants in our profession. 

Most Associates are conditioned to think in limits.  With a wooden stake of doubt, of fear, of anger against the profession.  There are people that graduated with me three years ago that started as associates and now don’t even practice Chiropractic.  That is sad!

They are bound by a prison of the mind where they never believe they are good enough, or ready enough.  It is scary, once you get comfortable making ‘decent’ ( i call it meager) money to start again from zero.  So they are stuck, never fulfilling their potential while working for someone else.

There are many that are able to break from those shackles.  Some that decide they don’t want to be circus elephants anymore.  It’s not easy.  Believe me.  It wasn’t easy.  A whole mind shift has to happen to take that leap of faith and use all our power to set ourselves free.  The best part is, that when we do decide to use our 2-ton power of potential, we realize one major thing.

OUR DNA WAS DESIGNED FOR GREATNESS!  IF YOU DON’T REMEMBER ANYTHING ELSE FROM THIS ARTICLE….REMEMBER THIS!  BUILD YOUR OWN DREAMS….BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T SOMEONE ELSE IS ATTEMPT TO HIRE YOU TO HELP BUILD THEIRS!


Call to Action:
Four steps to NOT become a circus elephant:

  1. Feed the Hunger. One of the best ways to defeat limitations is with desire. Feed it! Make sure your desire to be great is more than any limitation holding you back. “Want Success as much as you want to breathe.”
  2. Set Goals and keep them close to you.  Goals keep you motivated and keeping them close will always make sure you are motivated to fight for them. Put them in your fridge door, bathroom mirror or car dashboard. Get obsessed and consumed by them. Then take action!
  3. Use your PEAK experience or internship as a Doctor learning experience. Do your due diligence and make sure you pick the right PEAK doctor. One that will let you adjust, do physical exams, take X-rays, talk to patients. Not one that will make you another one of his/her CA’s. Those six months are for you to learn how to be a doctor. Not a secretary.
  4. Get a Mentor. The game changer for me. This step made me the doctor I am today. It made me understand that my year as an associate was a wooden stick holding me down. That I had the potential to change the world as a Chiropractic Entrepreneur. Mentors are VITAL to success. Get yourself one!

By:  Dr. Matt Lindsay