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It Is and It Isn't About Belief


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I recently had the great idea of putting my Christmas lights on a timer.  We have them switched inside but I still have to remember to turn them on and off.  I didn’t even know there were timers for this sort of thing until my brother in law mentioned how proud he was of his.  So after three hours of looking through hundreds of aisles at Home Depot, I finally found what I was looking for.  The problem was that the switch looked like it had been repackaged.  In my mind, that meant that someone had tried it but found it lacking.  Because it was the only one left and I was desperate, I bought it.


A few days later I was ready to install the timer.  Although it was out of character, I read the instructions and followed them exactly.  In spite of my meticulousness, it didn’t work.  It was supposed to say “mode” once I turned the breaker back on but it didn’t.  The blank lifeless display just hung there staring blankly at me.  My suspicions were confirmed, the switch was broken!  What a waste of time and money.  Never the less, I wanted a timer for my Christmas lights, so I trudged back to the store, returned the faulty timer and exchanged it for one of the new ones they had in stock.


After doing it once already, installing the second timer was quick.  I double checked the connections and turned the power back on with the exact same result.  Darn!  What could have gone wrong?  I knew that the switch was good, it was brand new and untampered with.  Perhaps I had inadvertently made a mistake.  Even though I exactly followed the instructions, I decided to switch two of the wires.  Success!


Here’s the lesson.  If I had had the same belief in the soundness of the first timer, I would have tried harder to make it work.  My doubt in the first timer made me quit trying too early.  If I had made that same small adjustment it very likely would have worked too.  Even though my belief in the timer had nothing at all to do with whether it would work or not, it had everything to do with my persistence in finding a way to make it work.


Isn’t it the same with chiropractic?  Chiropractic works independently of what you believe about it.  Your body really has no choice about whether it responds or not.  It’s like losing weight.  If you eat less and exercise, you’ll lose weight.  It’s automatic.  If you get adjusted and take the irritation off your nervous system, you’ll be healthier.  No question.  The question is though, will you persist long enough to allow your body to heal.  Will you discuss your concerns with your doctor as they arise?  Will you really do your exercises to help speed things along?  Will you be patient and allow your body the time it needs to repair.  Or, will you rob your yourself of a perfectly good opportunity to get better because of your lack of belief in the process?


To help ensure success, before you even get started with your care, you might also ask these questions of yourself.  Am I confident in my doctor?  Do I believe he has my best interests at heart?  Does his assessment and proposed care make sense?  Am I willing to follow through?  What unasked questions do I need answered?


Chiropractic works because it follows physiological laws but you still have to believe in it to allow it to work for you.


When have you let doubt rob you of something you really wanted?


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