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March 22, 2007

Good luck? Bad luck?

Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 7:04 pm

I just re-found one of my favorite stories of all time. It’s something to really think about when you think life has dealt you a cruel blow. It’s a short piece called “Good luck? Bad luck?” by Lao Tzu:
There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had an old horse for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and when all the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”
A few nights later, the barn burned down. If the horse had been in the barn, it would have died. Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?
A week later his horse returned with a herd of wild horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”
Then when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this was very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”
Some weeks later the army marched into the village and conscripted every able bodied youth they found there. When they aw the farmer’s son with his broken leg they let him stay home.
Another story of this kind was told by a wonderful man, Iftikhar Bhatti. When he was on his way to the U.S. many years ago from Pakistan, he missed a plane in England. The plane he would have been on crashed, and everyone aboard was killed. Good luck for those of us who knew him.
More recently a friend of mine experienced this same phenomenon. She and her fiancé and her daughter had planned to go to Europe for two weeks. Just before they were to leave, her fiancé developed severe nosebleeds and high blood pressure, and his doctor ordered him to avoid travel. All three of them were pretty discouraged. Then, a few days later, her daughter became ill and was diagnosed with mononucleosis. If she had gone to Europe, she would have been very ill in a strange country.
Next time something happens that you think is a cruel joke by God, stop and say, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”


March 19, 2007

Good news about you…

Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 5:46 pm

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
Anne Frank

March 8, 2007

Want to win the lottery? Be careful what you wish for …

Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 9:36 pm

The TODAY show had a short feature on former lottery winners. Some of them have ended up bankrupt, living off Social Security, in jail. You wonder how they got into trouble? Simple. It’s that old saying “Wherever you go, there you are.” They won all that money, but they were their same old selves – losers.
I attract money and I deserve to have abundant wealth in my life. I truly believe that. They didn’t. They believed they didn’t deserve that money, so they lost it. They thought about losing it, worried about losing it, hid it and spent it on useless stuff and guess what – they lost it!

This is a perfect example of the Law of Attraction at work. They might have “attracted” that money temporarily, but because they weren’t really attuned to keeping it and feeling that they deserved it and that they were in control, they lost it.

So, before you buy that lottery ticket, be aware of the Law of Attraction. Think about abundance and gratitude and get mentally prepared to enjoy all that money and see it grow. And it will.

March 3, 2007

What is stress? Something to consider

Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 11:37 am

I saw a great quote on stress. It goes something like this:

Our greatest stress is not from having too much to do but from not keeping the agreements we make with ourselves.

Well. Here’s an example. I had week off work and, as usual, made way too many commitments to myself about things I was going to get done. I wanted to finish my next edition of Planning for Practice Success, and I also wanted to work on a quilt for my daughter-in-law, and I wanted to read a book I’ve been saving, and there were a couple of projects I wanted to get done around the house, and … You get the idea. By the time I got through the week I was totally stressed because ofall the things I “promised” myself I wanted to get done. We have enough stuff coming at us from outside, so why put more stress on ourselves from inside too?

How do we avoid this kind of stress? My coach, Ernie Moore, has good advice on this topic. He says:

1. Only to commit to THREE THINGS at a time. If you finish all three, add three more. In other words, keep your commitments to a minimum, do those, andonly then do you commit to more.

2. For any self-commitments that are complex and have several parts, write down a “work order” for that job. For my P4PS re-write, for example, I wrote down exactly what I will do and, more important, what is NOT part of that project. If I were going to commit to cleaning out a closet this week, it could turn into a major project involving going to Goodwill, cleaning out every closet in the house, and painting the bedroom. If I sit down beforehand and write out “this is what I will do,” I avoid the stress of taking on too much, and I can better stick with my time frame. Writing things out also helps you prioritize, and it forces you to focus on what must be done and what can wait.

This kind of thinking works well for starting your practice. Prioritize key elements of this project, stick to doing only three at a time, and write out what needs to be done, when it must be done, and what can wait until later.

April 1 is the lauch date for the new Planning for Practice Success Startup Edition with a great new workbook full of tasks, set out in priority order, to create your business plan and start your practice. This is my #1 and ONLY task, until it’s done. No stress, I swear.

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Here’s to a fun and stress-free spring!


February 21, 2007

The Perils of Email

Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 9:10 am

I have been on a “mission from God” to divest my life and my work from those BSO’s (bright shiny objects) and time-wasters I have talked about here before.

One of the worst offenders, I’ve found, is email.  I love to put in my email address and get a “free” newsletter from some guru.  Or I order online and receive acknowledgements (“your order has been shipped”) and then offers for more.  I also have lots of emails from people I work with, some of which are that cute stuff (painted cats for $15,000) or inspirational stuff or email “chain letters.”

They are all going out!  No more!  I can’t afford the time.  Sure, I still want to keep in touch with relatives and friends, but I am really not missing anything by avoiding those free offers and most of the newsletters.

I also found a great tip in an audio I listened to recently – have your assistant answer your email.  Scary?  Why?  I have three email accounts – one for my correspondence with clients, one for my business, and the third for personal stuff.  Since I am cleaning out most everything that’s nonsense, my assistant should be able to answer most of the client email (in my name, of course) and deal with customer service issues.  I am also going to move much of my business email over to another business account so she can deal with bills and accounting and bookkeeping stuff.

If you think it’s impossible to have someone else answering your email, here’s an example:  My husband and I sold our home a year ago and bought a new home.  The sale was handled in large part by email with oiur real estate agent.  We found out afterwards that all of the emails were sent by his assistant!  As long as the two people have great communications, this can work well.

So, my mission continues.  What about you?

Keep an eye on my website ( for some exciting news about new products and services!

February 12, 2007

It’s about balance

Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 8:49 pm

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule
to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week.  Charles Darwin

I recently interviewed a youn chiropractor for a story in Chiropractic Economics and I asked him about success.  Here’s what he said:  “Success to me isn’t about a number of patient visits; its about balancing practice management and patient management and being able to spend quality time with my family.”

Someone else once said, “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

If you have the greatest practice in the world, making the most money possible, and you have no family, no free time, no joy, why bother?

One final quote on this subject:

“No one on his deathbed ever said,  ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.'”

To save time and energy (and keep in balance during startup), do two things:

1. Read my newsletter every week for useful information and advice (clickHERE to sign up)

2.  Buy Planning for Practice Success and start working toward your successful practice!

January 30, 2007

How much is your time worth?

Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 9:48 pm

If you are like me, you can find lots of excuses to waste time. Writing emails. Checking stuff out on the web – my worst time-waster is Wikipedia ( ) which has information about nearly everything in the world. Two other recent time-wasters:

1. I’ve discovered lots of blogs about all kinds of interesting subjects. And I can click on “Google this” and get the blog postings delivered to me in my customized Google home age (another time-waster here). Then instead of writing blogs and articles to promote my business I end up checking out these blogs, which of course lead to other blogs, etc. etc.

2. Second – Don’t go here – it’s terribly addictive. I would say it’s a cross between a high level video game, a chat room, and QVC. No kidding. You get to choose an avatar (image to represent you), then you can buy clothes for the avatar, and you can buy land (if you have enough money), and start building stuff. See what I mean?

THEN, I ran across a web site that showed me how much money I was losing by all this time-wasting stuff. You input your annual salary, number of weeks you work a year, and number of hours you work a week. I’d guess I am losing over $100 an hour by these time-wasters.

Here’s the website:

(But don’t waste too much time here 😉

Instead, go to my website ( ) , check out the products I have available to help you get started in practice, and get busy!

January 23, 2007

A great blog for positive success

Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 8:59 pm

First, I have to tell you about a synchronistic event. I was writing about a quote relating to gratitude. At almost the same moment, I saw this blog, which I just found, and the blogger’s post for today was about … yes, gratitude.

By the way, here is the quote:

Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.  Northrup Christiane

I want to tell you how much I believe in the powerful law of the universe called “synchronicity.” It’s a concept first discussed by psychologist Carl Jung.

Put plainly, synchronicity is the experience of two or more occurrences (beyond coincidentally) in a manner that is logically meaningful- but inexplicable- to the person or persons experiencing them. Such events would also have to suggest an underlying pattern in order to satisfy the definition of synchronicity as developed by Jung. (This paragraph is from Wikipedia –

The greater synchronicity is that I found this guy named Steve Pavlina, who writes a personal development blog. He has lots of informationon the blog about the Law of Attraction and about how manifest your intentions. EXCELLENT STUFF. Go to the blog at

If you want to know more about the Law of Attraction, and The Secret, check my last blog.

January 18, 2007

Law of Attraction Resources

Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 8:37 pm

Resource List:

 The Power of Positive Thinking.  Norman Vincent Peale.  Ballantine Reissue Editio.  1996.

Ask and it is given: Learning to manifest your desires.  Esther and Jerry Hicks.  Forward by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.  Hay House. Carlsbad, CA.  2004.


The Power of Focus:  How to hit your business, personal and financial targets with absolute certainty.  Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Les Hewitt.  Health Communications, Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL. 2000. 


The Law of Attraction for Business.  Rebecca Hansen.  Available online at


Law of Attraction.  Michael Lozier.  Published by Michael J. Lozier.  2003.  Available online at:


The Secret.  Rhonda Byrne.  Beyond Words.  2006.


The Science of Getting Rich.  Wallace D. Wattles.  Filiquarian Publishing, LLC.  2006 edition. (based on 1910 Classic.)


As a Man Thinketh.  James Allen.  De Vorss Publications, Camarilla, California.  1979.


(As a Woman Thinketh is also available from the same publisher.)


The Aladdin Factor. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.  Berkeley Trade Paperback.  1995.


January 17, 2007


Filed under: Questions and Answers — Practice Success @ 8:26 pm

Ok, you’re probably wondering what a BSO is.  It’s a “bright shiny object” -something that attracts you and which detracts from your primary focus (starting your practice).  These BSO things are everywhere.  They are the books you want to read, the TV show (Law and Order, CSI) you have to watch, the places you want to hang out.  They are everything and anything that keeps you from doing what you need to do in order to start your practice and make it successful.

And I have just found the ultimate BSO – It’s called “Second Life” and it’s a virtual reality world where you create your image (called an “Avatar”) and where you can wander around and buy things and chat with people and generally waste tons of time.  It has some beautiful places that look almost real, and it has some dangerous stuff (like casinos).  I found it yesterday and I finally had to call a halt.  Today  I wandered around a little more and decided it had to quit.  It’s a bit like the late 1980s when Nintendo came out and I sent my kids to bed and ended up playing all night.  I had to give it up completely.

Some people are addicted to cigarettes or candy or drugs or something; I can become addicted to these computer games, so I don’t play.  I originally wanted to get on there to see if I could sell books.  I don’t see at this time that this will work.  Maybe later.

Anyway, if you want to get on, go to “” and have fun.  But beware of the BSO.

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