Milestones and Legacy

Dennis Perman_Message of the Week

Dear Doctor:

You may know that Friday, September 18, 2020 was the chiropractic profession’s birthday, the 125th anniversary of DD Palmer delivering the first adjustment to Harvey Lillard on Brady Street in 1895. Based on everything that led up to that momentous occasion, and the convoluted path we have taken since, it is surely a day worth noting, celebrating, and pondering where we’re headed from here.

The same day marked the passing of another kind of pioneer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and an iconic voice for gender equality and civil rights.

Milestones like birthdays and deaths matter because we have only so many days to our personal journey, and we often feel the pressing need to trade them in for something worthwhile. Visionaries like DD and RBG are rare, legendary enough to be known by only their initials, yet real enough to have contributed mightily to those they touched and served.

Robin Sharma said that when you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced – and that you should live so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. It may not be reasonable to expect to be a Palmer or a Ginsburg, but we are all capable of leaving some kind of mark, some reflection that we were here and that something good occurred because of it, and each of us should invest in discovering such a mission and manifesting it.

So how can you facilitate that movement? Most success philosophers allude to an objective or chief aim we need to pursue. Stephen Covey said “Begin with the end in mind;” Napoleon Hill said “Get clear on what you want;” Tony Robbins said “There’s always a way if you’re committed;” Oprah said “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe;” Gandhi invites us to “Be the change you want to see,” and so on – thought leaders agree, set goals.

When writing goals, I prefer the Six P’s format – construct your Purpose, then sketch your Personal Goals, your Professional Goals, your People Goals, your Prosperity Goals, and your Play Goals. I recommend writing an exhaustive, extensive goal list, but then focusing on no more than three at a time in each category, so the most important targets rise to the top for prime attention. I also suggest writing them by October 1 each year, so your subconscious mind has 90 days to cook them before the new year begins. Then review them on Thanksgiving Eve (a time of maximum gratitude) and then of course, finalize them on New Year’s Eve, the traditional launch of your New Year’s Resolutions.

I also believe that once you brainstorm out your goals, it’s better to chunk them into time frames than by topic. Rewrite them as goals to be handled immediately (now goals), one week goals, one month, three month, six month and one-year goals, as the foundation, and then if you wish, write two-year goals, five-year goals and even a ten and twenty year page. I traditionally did this, and I am delighted to report that many of the long-term projects were realized. Some expectations were far exceeded, and some did not come to pass, but overall, there’s no doubt in my mind that directing my power toward the drive to achieve things I feel are significant is a major reason for my successes.

Maybe you are destined to be remembered for a hundred years, and maybe you aren’t – but one thing is certain. You will be more likely to do the most good for others and get the most out of yourself if you have a defined intention, winning strategies and the decisiveness and resiliency to persevere. Write your goals, light your path, lead others to happiness, success and fulfillment, and you will enjoy the results. Those milestones will shape your legacy, the impact you leave behind, for years to come.

Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global

PS As the world awakens, don’t go to sleep – prepare to step up. Work together. Be loving. Do good.