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A Simple Tool of the Super Successful

Successful people share a trait of eliminating as many routine decisions from their life as possible, such as what to have for breakfast. Yesterday, one of our owners asked me about maintaining motivation well after ChiroCon ended. It’s a great question that most of us have struggled with answering at certain times. This doctor is running a practice that has been stuck at about $30,000 a month for a couple years and his year-end goal is to be at $50,000 a month in revenue, a 67% increase. 

Is a 67% increase possible? Yes, it is. In this case, it only takes 11 additional new patients a month and that’s if nothing else changes. If small, incremental improvements are made in other processes, the number of new patients drops to about 5, or a touch over 1 additional new patient a week. But that’s a different discussion. Clinic growth that is sustainable over the long term requires about 80% psychological changes and only 20% in mechanical, or systems improvements. Yep, it’s 80% psychological.

So we moved the conversation to morning Priming to set the mind on the right path immediately upon waking, exercise and nutrition, since those are variables that are often overlooked and can set the stage for bigger and better psychological improvements leading to a much more fulfilling life. This led us to breakfast. Why waste one second on deciding what to have for breakfast. Save your focus for your practice, your family and your patients.

What do you eat for breakfast? Be honest. Does it serve your body or does it hinder it? There is no one, correct breakfast plan, but there is a right one for you, right now, today. For me, I eat breakfast 3 days a week. The other 4 days I intermittent fast till noon. On the 3 breakfast days, I have an organic smoothie that consists of: a tablespoon ground flaxseed, 20g plant-based protein, water, huge handful of spinach or power greens, handful of arugula, another of kale, Italian parsley, half a lemon and some unsweetened coconut milk. The smoothie is chased by a cup of fat or bulletproof coffee (coffee, tablespoon of MCT oil, tablespoon of Kerrygold salted butter, stevia drops, all whipped up in the Vita-Mix).

For the next couple of weeks, the coffee is Gopher Blend, a much-appreciated gift from 2018 Franchisee of the Year and mastermind member, Dr. Andy Konz. Yes, Andy is a University of Minnesota Gopher raving fanatic. And the coffee is darn good, too!

Eliminate as many decisions as possible from your day. I suggest you pick a couple of simple breakfast options and forget about it. Focus on your morning Priming, setting the sails for an amazing day, not on what to eat. That should be automatic!


Have a great day, and thanks again Andy!


Dr. Chris


If not you than who...

I'm here in Utah and just heard the news about OxyContin being hit with 1,000 lawsuits. If you know me, you know I am passionate about finding relief for pain through non-addictive alternatives. HealthSource does just that and we've made it a goal to educate the public about these options that include: Chiropractic, Progressive Rehab® and more. 

Check out my most recent podcast episode for more details, I hope you join me in making a difference!


This is Why It Matters to YOU

The alarm went off at 6 am today. I rolled over and turned it off. I’d already been awake a few minutes, just laying there and thinking about gratitude. And for whatever reason, a mental picture of a long line at Starbucks filled my mind with bright clarity. Weird, huh? Then it clicked.

This morning was my turn to lead our morning huddle. Last night before bed I challenged my subconscious mind to come up with a great topic to discuss at morning huddle, after our stretches. I wanted it to be informational this time – not a head-space thing; to really reflect on some aspect of health that works synergistically with what we do.

All HealthSource offices have a gourmet tea (& usually coffee) station in our reception rooms. There are a number of reasons why we do this, but let’s focus on just one: it’s HEALTHY! Feel free to cut and paste the following, maybe even hand it out to your patients next week. Make sure your tea station is fully stocked!

Benefits of green tea

 1.     Green Tea Contains Various Bioactive Compounds That Can Improve Health: polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties. It has trace minerals we need.

2.     Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter: The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant. It consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory. L-Theanine, which is also present, increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain.

3.     Green tea has been shown to boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the short term. In other words, WEIGHT LOSS.

4.     Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer.

5.     The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.

6.     The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health, a lower risk of cavities and reduced bad breath.

7.     Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes…this is HUGE!

8.     Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

9.     Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Becoming Obese

10.  Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of Dying and Help You Live Longer.

Death of all causes: 23% lower in women, 12% lower in men.
Death from heart disease: 31% lower in women, 22% lower in men.
Death from stroke: 42% lower in women, 35% lower in men.
Benefits of Coffee
1. Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter
2. Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat
3. The Caffeine Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance, so it’s great before exercise.
4. There Are Essential Nutrients in Coffee
5. Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
6. Coffee May Protect You From Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
7. Caffeine May Lower The Risk of Parkinson’s
8. Coffee Appears to Have Protective Effects on The Liver
9. Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier
10. Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some Types of Cancer
Oh, here’s me this morning enjoying some Tazo green tea in my nephew’s football team’s 2014 D1 high school state championship team mug. (They’re #1 in Ohio this year again and 7th in the country. (My nephew is the right guard [last year and this year] and he’s 6’3”, 305 lbs. Yes, he receives regular wellness care at HealthSource, so we of course take credit for his D1 full ride scholarship in college next year!!!)

Stay Focused!!

Chris Tomshack DC
CEO: HealthSource Chiropractic®  Progressive Rehab ®  & Wellness


The Frisbee Update

Let’s talk frisbees for a moment.

The Frisbee slowly kept ascending into the sky, higher and higher while traveling deeper into my backyard. My German Shepherd, Star, all 115 pounds of her, was fully engaged in hot pursuit of the flying disc. She couldn’t quite catch it. She was prevented for two reasons. First, she’s a darn big dog and dogs her size aren’t usually the best at playing catch. Second, the Frisbee was thrown by my older son, T, and he’s used to pitching high velocity baseballs, not Frisbees. Bottom line, neither Star nor T are particularly adept at playing catch and retrieve with a Frisbee, in spite of the fact that T is taking an ultimate Frisbee class at Ohio University this term. Do they really get credit for playing frisbee? Am I paying for that class?

It didn’t really matter how hard Star wanted to catch that thing, she hasn’t practiced and she hasn’t developed the fundamentals. The same goes for T.

This summer I sent you 30 different 1-2 minute videos. Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me how to become more successful either in practice or in some other business. Launching into long term success requires a dedication to master the un-sexy, which means an un-defeatable passion to master the fundamentals. That’s call blocking and tackling mastery. The 30 short videos outlined exactly how to proceed, how you can master the blocking and tackling of chiropractic required for building the lifestyle of your dreams, in whatever terms that means to you.

Many HealthSource docs wrote me about the impact of the videos. In EVERY case, these emails were written by doctors that were already progressing very well in their mastery. Every doc had a great practice. Every-single -one. This demonstrates to me that the people who made the short investment in time to watch the videos did so because they wanted more, yet they were also already building practices far more successful than most. Success leaves clues. I also fielded a number of calls from some docs that had questions on building a better practice. In every single case they did not watch the video. Every-single-one. Mediocrity leaves clues, too.

We are rapidly approaching the 4th quarter of 2015. Are you on track to hit your 2015 goals, personally and professionally? If so, GREAT! But if not, my suggestion is that you do what successful doctors do. Go back and watch the 30 videos from July and August. Play them at every morning huddle for the next 30 business days. Discuss them. Determine how to correctly implement each one. Make this the only focus of every huddle for 30 days. Many of the docs that wrote me were doing thus that, and if you want more success, emulate what the ultra successful do.

BTW, we made some incredible pumpkin protein pancakes last night. Talk about delicious and healthy and they make phenomenal snacks for you and your family. Want the recipe? Email me! drchristomshack@healthsourcechiro.com

All the best to you!!

Chris Tomshack DC


Day 13 - Building your dream lifestyle in 30 days!