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Most people rate themselves as “better than average” on any desirable trait — which, of course, is a statistical impossibility.

‘Average’ can be defined as a level or standard that is considered to be typical for a particular place, group of people, type of business, etc. However, the world is designed around the needs of average people. Nothing would function if the majority of us were outliers. You are not doomed to be average, because being average in many aspects of your life will actually give you an advantage. However, being different is fun, exciting, and can lead to rewards and riches. It also comes with a cost of extra time, more expectations, increased responsibility, and greater stress.

At Desired Health Chiropractic, we have the mindset that each patient is unique and that no two injuries or health problems are the same. This leads to a more challenging treatment approach, but it also gets results that are “above average.”

Here are five things athletes implement to propel themselves above and beyond the status quo:

    1. They work on themselves globally. They do not train just sports specific. They know that their body must work in all realms. Kickers must have strong legs, but also core strength to support the power behind the kick and flexibility to control leg movements.
    2. They keep their body fine tuned perfectly. Professional level athletes utilize regular chiropractic care, because they know it is better to prevent an injury then try to fix one later. They consider signals that the body gives as warning signs it is not working to its full potential. Headaches, anxiety, muscle aches, tingling sensations, scattered thoughts are signs that the nervous system is irritated and not communicating properly.
    3. They have a plan and checklist for every situation. Like a pilot has an emergency checklist to keep them calm during issues so they can work through them. When everything goes wrong, how do you handle it with grace and serenity to improve your chances?
      Here is an example pre-game checklist: Physical check (how do you feel), Equipment check (is everything available and in working order), Team check (are you communicating well), Fundamentals check (always practice the basics), Mental check (keep a mindset of confidence).
    4. They have a positive mindset when things get tough. They never quit, even after failure, losses, or struggle. Problems along the road to success will either hold you back or serve as a tool to guide you forward. Average athletes are slow to change lanes when things don’t go their way. Ultra successful athletes will always jump to the fast lane even when it may seem dangerous, but their confidence and determination is what pushes them forward at a faster speed.  
    5. They decide what they are willing to sacrifice. Are you going to train, eat right, go to the chiropractor and truly take care of your health, get your mind right, and work when everyone else is rotting their brains watching t.v. and surfing the internet?

 

Mohamaded Ali summed it up perfectly when he said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'”

Maybe we won’t all be championship fighters, but we each hold a unique talent that is waiting to be expressed. At Desired Health Chiropractic, we strive to help turn your dreams into reality by giving your body the best way to operate. Schedule an examination with us today to see how we can help you feel better, function better, and perform better.   

A lot of our patients set stupid goals. A lot of them set no goals for their health or their life… also stupid.

Here is a way to move you out of a state of deconditioning and despair to making huge improvements in your health, sport, and life.  At our office we help our patients set and track goals to not only see improvements of health but also performance.

Take a look at this guide below to see if you are setting the right type of goals to move you toward your end game.

The best way to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals:

S. They must be SPECIFIC in nature.

If you are looking to lose weight you must come up with an exact number of pounds or inches that you plan to lose. Successful athletes always set specific goals at the beginning of each season when they decide what competitions to pursue and how they are going to move up to the level they desire.

M. Must have a MEASURABLE way able to track it

Professional athletes are pros at tracking their performance statistics, everything from batting average to how much salt is in their sweat. Having measurable criteria for your performance is essential to keeping you on course for accomplishing your goals. A great example of this is in weight loss. If you are only tracking pounds lost and the number on the scale goes up despite all your efforts, you would be discouraged and might give up. But if you are also measuring inches, body fat percentage, and energy throughout your day, you might notice you are actually succeeding and the scale hasn’t shown that yet.

A. The goal must be ACTIONABLE

There should be detailed, written steps to achieve any S.M.A.R.T. goals. If your goal is to lose 12 lbs then you need to have a grocery list of healthy foods, exercise time scheduled in your planner, and a support group to hold you accountable. This is the most important step because a goal with a plan is just a wish.

R. The goal does need to be REASONABLE

A goal can be huge in vision and far reaching, but it should not defy the laws of the universe. For example: if someone desires to lose 100lbs, that cannot physically be achieved in 2 weeks but in a few months it is actually a reasonable goal. Athletes who set Olympic goals need to make a plan that reasonable takes into account the vast time, energy, and effort it will take to achieve it.

T. Goals must have a TIMELY deadline

Goals that have no set deadline for achievement are less likely to happen. Time is a limited resource that not given the proper respect it deserves. Take a survey in March to see how many New Year’s Eve Resolutions are still in effect and you will see most people wasted three months, and will wait until next year to try again.

Now that you have this knowledge of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and not stupid ones, we encourage you to use it to improve your health. At Desired Health Chiropractic, we strive to help turn your dreams into reality through the goal setting process. Schedule an examination with us today to see how we can help you feel better, function better, and perform better.

If you take a black permanent marker and draw a huge circle around an ant, that poor ant will keep turning directions everytime it comes close to the big black outline. Don’t be an ant trapped in an endless circle of frustration.

The mind controls the body, so if you can see it, you can be it. Limitations of your potential are in your mind. Ultra successful athletes can visualize their success. They can see it so clearly in their mind and may even talk about like it is already happening. They know what they want, even if they don’t know how to achieve it yet.

Here are four steps to making visualization work to improve your life:

  1. Let’s go ahead and brand yourself in the image of success. Howe do you see yourself as a person? Maybe confident and charismatic. How do look when you are performing your best as business owner, student, or athlete? Perhaps graceful, powerful, skillful.
  2. Now picture yourself as that person: What do they wear? What do they drink? What do they eat? How much do they practice? How do they talk to themselves when winning or losing? What do they think about? How do they treat others?
  3. Next, visualize your game, your performance, or your presentation and go through each step with detailed precision of how you wish it to turn out.
  4. Then practice, practice, practice. Pro athletes spend just as much time training their mind as they do their physical body. You can do it once and be average or put in the work and see how far it takes you.  

Now that you have learned how powerful your mind and visualization is, use it to your advantage to improve everything about your life. At Desired Health Chiropractic, we strive to help turn your dreams into reality by giving you hope that your health issues will be resolved. Schedule an examination with us today to see how we can help you feel better, function better, and perform better.

If the greatest player in the history of the National Football League said, “Chiropractic was the key to keeping me in the game,” do you think Chiropractic care could help you with your back pain and other aches and pains?

Well, that’s exactly what happened.    

Jerry Rice, who on November 4, 2010 was named the greatest player in NFL history by NFL Network’s NFL Films production The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players, said:

“I believe in Chiropractic and I know that it works.”

“You probably know about my long and successful career in football.  I’m flattered by the testimonials to my durability. Football is a very rough and vigorous sport.  Many of the pass patterns in a game either long or short require a maximum effort. I took some viscous hits from players nearing twice my size.  Thankfully, I had the durability to withstand these tackles – or I never would have succeeded or lasted for as long as I did.”

“Chiropractic was the key to keeping me in the game.”  

“My first experience with Chiropractic care was right before the Bengal were to play the Bengals in Super Bowl 23.  A couple of our players were injured and a Chiropractor turned thing around. I quickly became a believer and very since I have had the benefit of Chiropractic care.”

“Dancing with the stars was every bit as exhausting and challenging – though not nearly as brutal as football – it required many hours of practice… I had aches and pains that I never had before.  Again, Chiropractic made the difference and kept me dancing and in the competition.”

The average NFL career is extremely short… lasting only 2-4 years.  Injury prematurely ends many young player’s hopes and dreams. Jerry Rice played an astounding 20 years in the NFL.   

If Chiropractic can help Jerry Rice play for 20 years in the NFL… just imagine what it can do for you! At Desired Health Chiropractic, we love helping athletes feel better, function better, and perform better! Call our office today (763) 205-6192 to learn how we can help you enhance your game.

We are here to shock and amaze you!

We all love the junk and fried foods of the fair as a special once a year treat. But in order to make us feel a little better about indulging, we have some “healthier” things about the Minnesota State Fair to share with you.

#7  SHOPPING THERAPY!

The Grandstand building at the MN State Fair has tons of unique vendors selling products and services for anything you can think of.

The  Journal of Psychology and Marketing did a study that revealed 62% of shoppers had purchased something to cheer themselves up, and another 28% had purchased as a form of celebration. So to up your mood and health buy something fun at the fair- within your budget of course.

We are here to shock and amaze you!

We all love the junk and fried foods of the fair as a special once a year treat. But in order to make us feel a little better about indulging, we have some “healthier” things about the Minnesota State Fair to share with you.

#6 HONEY, HONEY!

Locally sourced honey has amazing benefits to helping reduce seasonal allergies. And since the weather is about to change in MN you might want to take home some honey from the Agriculture Horticulture Building. While you are there you can learn all about pollination by bees.

We are here to shock and amaze you!

We all love the junk and fried foods of the fair as a special once a year treat. But in order to make us feel a little better about indulging, we have some “healthier” things about the Minnesota State Fair to share with you.

#5 ANIMAL THERAPY!

The Miracle of Birth Building at the fair will bring joy to anyone’s face. Those newborn baby animals are a delight to kids young and old.

Petting animals has been shown to lower blood pressure and ease tension in muscles. So go find a baby cow, bunny, or chick at the fair to help you feel calmer.

We are here to shock and amaze you!

We all love the junk and fried foods of the fair as a special once a year treat. But in order to make us feel a little better about indulging, we have some “healthier” things about the Minnesota State Fair to share with you.

#4 ADRENALINE FOR THAT GOOD FEELING!

With all the adventurous rides at the fair, you can get a boost in adrenaline when you are feeling a food coma coming on. Hop on a rollercoaster at the Midway, expend some energy by climbing the rock wall, or tackle heights on the ferris wheel or slingshot.

You may get a shot of adrenaline which is a hormone that can leave you with a feeling of increased energy, awareness, and strength.

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