Comedians made my life possible to live. In my earlier years, I would cling to comedy because they were able to SAY THINGS that no one said. They could break through hard conversations in a way that made people pay attention without totally alienating them. What I love even more than watching comedians is watching comedians talk about their craft.
In this video they talk about being judged. We in chiropractic can certainly relate to being judged. Sometimes we are judged by our communities, our practice members, our families and even our peers. I agree with the comedians here, who say we need to find the fine line between standing by our craft without caring what others think, and making our craft purchase-able and “selling out the seats,” filling our practice.
How we integrate judgment or feedback into our final product — meaning our daily performance in practice — varies from chiropractor to chiropractor. I have witnessed some of us get very defensive, some get aggressive, some get depressed, some turn to their addictions. My advice? Take the hit. Say “thank you” for ANY feedback whenever possible and then sit with it.
If I find myself getting really reactionary, I think it over. Is this feedback true? Does it have any validity? If yes, then I do whatever I can to make the situation right or I learn and make sure it never happens again. If it is not valid, then I give myself some love. I say, “Hey, Pam…you cannot be an ass whisperer. There are people who are going to say your hair is purple. Just nod and move on.”
Here my man Ricky Gervais has to take the hit with grace.
Keep on Bloomin’,