Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

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From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time.

"The Secret"

The Secret is a compilation of experts in the metaphysical world that share with you the power of progressive realities. This type of being is nothing new and reflects the work of those for centuries, yet many embrace the body of work of nothing short of brilliance. For the last 30 years, I have been privileged to have been exposed to a significant number of people who have developed, written and practiced this work. As a result, my life has been richer and my practice had benefited for decades.


My first exposure to progressive thinking came when I moved out of my home office in 1989 to my first “big boy” office. The home office was a converted garage with an extension on my house, and although I loved having a home office with minimal to no overhead, I simply ran out of room. The new location was 300 yards away from my house, as there was an office building down the block. I secured an odd-shaped space, as it could fit into the perfect set-up for an office. When I moved in I realized that I couldn't have designed a better set-up, as it met all of my needs and enabled my practice to grow.


After the move into the new office, I stacked boxes in the corner of papers from chiropractic school that I had taken with me from the old office. You know, all of that “really important stuff” you never look at from your past. A year or so after the move, the practice was thriving, as we were treating well over 600 patients per week on a regular basis, and I needed more space for storage. I needed to get rid of the clutter by throwing out all of those boxes full of “stuff.” While going through the boxes, I found a single sheet of paper that I wrote over 10 years prior as a student and on it was outlined my “dream office.” I vividly remember sitting there and staring for a long time at this piece of paper, because on it was sketched my current office’s odd layout, as if I had someone build my office from this piece of paper.


A few years later, when I was the Executive Board of Director (President) of my state chiropractic organization and the chairman of the convention committee, we held what was probably the largest chiropractic event ever held, ever, anywhere. We rented the Nassau Coliseum, where the NY Islanders hockey team plays, and had a chiropractic event. We filled it with 8800 people and our speakers were Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, who wrote the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and Joe Fleshia, who gave a chiropractic lay lecture.


As a note, Joe was a mentor of mine and was the co-creator of Renaissance International with Dr. Guy Reikman that created the first “main stream” chiropractic media video with Peter Graves. He died in 2004 and these few words are meant to honor him and his contribution to your success. We need to take every opportunity to honor those who enabled us to be where we are today.


I had the privilege of driving Mark to the event with my wife, and we spent over an hour in NY traffic, just chatting. He left me with a lifetime lesson and it was simple, “What you want, wants you.” He was right! Just like the piece of paper with my office design, the same rules apply to everything in your life. I returned from that amazing experience and took the next step; I sat down and decided that what I wanted did want me and I needed to make it real. Therefore, I put it on paper with pictures and placed it everywhere so that it was always in front of my face, in my office, in my car and at home. Every place I went, I kept in my consciousness what it was that wanted me.


As a note, there were no limits on what wanted me. To this day, I have my “vision board.” That is the name I gave it. Just like a boat, car or plane, you can have the most powerful engine in the world, but without a map, you have no clue where you are going and you will get nowhere fast while using up all of your energy. Create this map on your own terms. Make it real by putting it on paper and share it only with those who believe in you.


For 2009, create your vision board. How many patients do you want to help, what income would you like, what do you want to do that makes a difference in the lives of others and in your own life? Do you want new toys, new relationships or to make your current ones better? You get to choose. That is "The Secret."

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