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WHAT IF I COULD ONLY SUBTRACT TO SOLVE PROBLEMS?
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Welcome to a series of short episodes where I answer "17 Questions That Changed My Life" from Tim Ferriss.
I journaled each morning on these questions and I am excited to share my answers with you and how I am applying them to my massage practice, business, and personal life.
Today's question is, "What If I Could Only Subtract To Solve Problems?"
Is it better to do more when we are faced with a problem? What if we did less?
What can you put on your "Not To Do List?"
Are you affected by "Shiny Object Syndrome" like me?
Are you working at multiple locations and wondering why your energy is low, you are not busy, and you feel resentful to the clinic for not supporting you?
This episode can help you simplify
I hope you enjoy!
If you play along and ponder these 17 questions, I would love for you to share your answers with The Radical RMT community or send me a DM! Instagram: @theradicalmassagetherapist
THE FULL LIST OF QUESTIONS
Hi radical massage therapist. Welcome to another episode of the radical massage therapist podcast at this Krista. I'm the host. I don't think I've said that in the past couple episodes. But I am a registered massage therapist in Ottawa, Ontario. And I'm also a clinic owner. on today's episode is another question from the 17 questions that changed my life from Tim Ferriss.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SUBTRACT TO SOLVE PROBLEMS?
And today's question is, what if I could only subtract to solve problems? Or ultimately, what should I put on my not to do list? In difficult situations, or problem solving, we have often asked, What can I do? Or what should we do? Or what do I need to do about this? You get the idea? What if instead, you asked, What should I simplify? Or what should I not do that I'm totally guilty of this, you know, if there is something that comes up, and there's a problem, I feel like moving into action is more effective than not taking action. And I certainly feel like this can depend on the situation. Now as I'm, as I'm learning, especially as a clinic owner, when you have a team, you know, watching you or who does need you to, to make good decisions. I feel like just making a decision is looks better than not making a decision. But I do understand the benefits of sitting back and just sort of waiting to see how the situation plays out. Because certainly there are occasions when you can move into action too quickly, and you don't assess the situation properly. And you could blow up the situation more than it. It needed. You know, it could have been something very small. And or do you see me just reframing the questions or a complaint or a problem, just just really waiting to see what what is happening. So I am an example of both ends of the spectrum of not doing anything and things that worked out very well, not doing anything and things have worked out very badly. And taking way too much action too quickly. Or taking action. And you know, it was a good decision. So you know, I'm going to share my experience on on this. But ultimately, you know, I'm curious to see what you would do about this as well. So the question, what if I could only subtract to solve problems? Or how can we simplify this?
CONFUSED PEOPLE DO NOTHING
I think that our websites and social media is a great example of this, I journaled about this and really found that my website and my social media are kind of proof that there is a lot going on there. And I'm trying to give too much information about everything that I do. And it's really not getting across. And what can happen is like more doesn't always more information doesn't always equal anything better. I do different things. And I never know how someone has found out about me. So I'm always trying to give them a little bit of everything just in case they you know, want to know more about something else that I do. But this does not always seem helpful. I now understand that too much information is overwhelming. And it confuses people and confused, people do nothing. So what benefit can you provide? For them really nothing. They they leave, they're confused, they don't they don't know they're gonna go and find somebody else that can help them who knows this one thing that they want to know about. So this goes for social media and for websites.
SIMPLIFY WHO YOU TREAT AND WHAT YOU ARE BEST AT
I think this can be really helpful if we zoned in on simplifying those and focusing on one thing, you know, let's look at the bigger picture of your, your business. And we know that as massage therapists, we can solve a lot of problems. But they do say that sort of niching down and even just maybe concentrating on a few specific target audiences for discomfort or pain, or how you can solve their problem actually makes a bigger difference. And, you know, we still get it all the time. There's so many clients that just don't know the scope of what we can do. So it's really fun when people ask like, oh, like can you like are you sure you can massage my feet? Yes, like can massage your feet as part of your treatment? You know, they just don't really see it as our our bigger scope. So that's how we can help to educate them later on down the line anyway,
even incredibly successful businesses I admire are one of the examples is for June motel, I really love their business. And I looked through their social media and website and emails as some inspiration. And even they have recently announced that they were shutting down their online shop. And they have excellent products in their online shop. And but they want to focus on their motel Empire. They already are a hugely successful motel company, right? They have two motels here in Canada, and their online shop did incredibly well during the pandemic. They still sell these items in their store or in their stores, which are located at their hotels, but they just decided that it was too much energy wise, for them to focus on the online business and to focus on them building their motel empire. So I highly admire them for that and thought that would be a great example to share that even large businesses are scaling back to focus on what matters most for them, you know, what are they still passionate about? And where can they make the most money as well. For me, as a clinic owner, I have also felt the temptation to have retail products. But instead, I am using this idea of this question to simplify and wait and focus on the foundations of the clinic. I'm almost at one year. So I'm looking forward to reassessing very shortly. But could my attention be better spent on the clinic itself? And in my practice, more than likely, yes. Like, what else can I do to bring more attention to the clinic itself, the therapists who I work with, and perhaps my practice, as well, instead of focusing on bringing retail products into the clinic, I have ideas that are there, but I have to be very careful about shiny object syndrome. I am extremely prone to it.
ARE YOU FEELING SCATTERED?
So remember that where attention goes energy and money flows, and being too scattered will absolutely show up in your business. And on that note, if you are a massage therapist working at multiple clinics, and you are feeling a little drained, scattered, or you are not seeing a busy schedule at any of the clinics, I think that this may be because your attention is too scattered. I find it much more calming to work in one location. And it also has financial payoffs as well. I have worked in multiple clinics, multiple align clinics, and multiple just clinics. So like I worked in a line and worked at a another clinic that was not related to align, I worked, you know, I teach Pilates. So I've worked with different Pilates clinics, which also happened to be physio clinics, and it was just like this big mishmash. And for me, I was busy at these different locations, how my energy levels were very low. And I just felt really sucky most of the time, trying to just be, you know, trying to be present with each one of these different clinics which all have their own different energies by the way. So ultimately, I am very grateful that I now just work at one one clinic and I found that once I was able, even in the most recent past before clinic ownership, when I was able to just narrow my focus down to one clinic it made a huge difference on my schedule, my income and just my energy as well. No short and sweet episode today
TELL ME WHAT'S ON YOUR "NOT TO DO LIST?"
What if you could only subtract to solve problems and I hope that you found this helpful let me know what are some of your ideas that you will be simplifying what are you going to put on your not to do list? What are some ideas that you've been thinking about and perhaps this episode has helped you to reel it in? If you would like to discuss anything that I've talked about on the podcast or in this episode? Please let me know if you think this episode can be helpful for another massage therapist share it. I thank you so much for listening and I hope you have an awesome day. Transcribed by https://otter.ai
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Krista Dicks, RMT since 2006, practices in Ottawa, Canada and is a Certified Stott Pilates instructor. She is the host of The Radical RMT Podcast and has been published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and received an honourable mention in the Massage Therapy Foundation Inaugural Practitioner Case Report Contest. Krista is co-host of the first annual “Take Care of You School.” This virtual event for massage therapists focused on self-care for the massage therapist and presenters were represented globally to share their experience on topics of physical, mental, emotional, and financial well-being. It’s Krista's goal to encourage massage therapists to experience life on their terms thanks to the opportunities we have in our profession. With a willingness to grow and self-care of body and mind she believes we can maintain long-term fulfilling careers.
I'm a girl who was told by my grandma that I have magic hands and so I became a massage therapist. I love reading in bed, the combo of peanut butter and chocolate anything, and working from my laptop or phone with my dogs by my side. My mission? To help other massage therapists own their awesome and do what they love every darn day! Even if that love is not massage therapy.