Financial guru Dave Ramsey often asks a simple question of people with money problems, “Why are you taking financial advice from broke people?”
I see people all the time who are following the lead of others who are as bad off as themselves, if not worse, with regard to their health.
Let me tell you about Russ. Russ comes from a long line of skeptics. His dad told him he would have to be crazy to see a chiropractor. Many of his friends and coworkers spun chiropractic horror stories between grunts of pain and discomfort. I’m not saying that Russ didn’t believe that I am a doctor. It’s just that he thought the tools of my trade were a rag doll and some straight pins.
All the while, Russ and his friends continued to let their health deteriorate.
But there was one guy named Joel who kept chirping in Russ’s ear. “Why don’t you just go see my chiropractor. He’s the best. He’ll fix you up.”
“Nah,” Russ would say. “Those guys are witch doctors. This will eventually go away.”
Eventually never came. And Joel kept at him. “Are gonna call my chiropractor, or what?”
Finally, Russ got to the point where he couldn’t take it any longer. Russ does hard physical labor and his lower spine takes a beating. He can’t work without a strong body. No work, no income.
Russ made the call.
If there’s one thing I can appreciate, it’s straight up honesty. And Russ had that in spades. Not in a confrontational way. He just wanted me to be clear on the place he was coming from, and it was as far removed from the holistic, health-building end of the spectrum as possible.
But then a funny thing started to happen. As we talked about how the body works, and how chiropractic complements it, Russ’s body language and tone began to change. I could see understanding start to sink in.
“That makes complete sense. Nobody ever explained it to me like that before,” Russ said.
Fast forward a few short weeks and Russ has turned from skeptic to evangelist. He can’t tell enough people about how this fringe doctor eliminated his back pain, increased his energy, and even improved his hearing. And with nothing more than his hands!
The truth is, I didn’t do any of those things. Russ’s body did the healing. I just helped it out by removing the interference from his nervous system.
Someone once said that if you are the smartest guy in the room, then you are in the wrong room. The point is that if your goal is to improve any aspect of your life, be it your health, your finances, your relationships, whatever, then you need to seek out those people who are already doing it better than you are. Russ understood that he needed to get himself in different company.
There are countless Russes out there who are in need of help and looking for a nudge in the right direction. I’m asking you to be their Joel.
Who do you know that should be living a healthier life than they currently are? Point them in our direction. Maybe we can offer up some common sense and practical help.
Even if they’re a natural born skeptic.
*Image credits to graur razvan ionut, stock images at freedigitalphotos.net.