Cultivating Influence: Leading by Example

Leadership coach, John Barrett, says, ”It’s difficult, if not impossible, for leaders to inspire others to achieve without having a high level of achievement themselves.”

John C. Maxwell, says, “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”

The word doctor literally means teacher, and if I am going to teach my people where health comes from, what makes us sick, what we must do to get healthy, and what we can do to enjoy optimal health for years to come, then I must lead by example.

There are four areas that I focus on in my own life and in helping my people and practice members: 1) Chiropractic, 2) Nutrition, 3) Fitness, and 4) Health Education.


The best service the chiropractor has to offer is that of regular assessment, and correction, of something that happens in the nervous system, called a subluxation.

Subluxations are areas of interference to the nervous system which leads to tension and dysfunction.  They are caused by stress, which makes them universal, as everyone is subject to the effects of stress.

The medical and psychological professions agree that around 90% of all health problems are stress-related.  The purpose of chiropractic is to undo the damage that stress does the body-mind, and to make the body-mind more resistant to stress that will be a part of the rest of our lives.

We have an inborn ability to resist and adapt to stress, and as long as our ability to adapt to stress is HIGH, and our stress levels are LOW, we do just fine…..but the minute our stress levels overwhelm our ability to adapt, that’s when our health declines and crisis can develop.

As a chiropractor, I know the importance of getting checked, and adjusted on a regular basis.  I like to get checked every week, and I like to check my family and practice members every week.

By making regular chiropractic care a part of my proactive, wellness, strategy for combating the effects of stress on my nervous system – and consequently every tissue cell in the body – I am able to set the stage for optimal health and wellness.


Just as the intelligence that runs my body needs a master control center, or nervous system, that is free of interference, it also needs an abundance of essential raw materials (nutrients) to build healthy tissue and to carry out all of its functions.

I eat organic as much as possible. I try to consume double-digit servings of vegetables each day, along with healthy meats, (grass-fed, free range, antibiotic and steroid-free, etc.) seeds, nuts, and healthy fats.   I drink a gallon of quality water every day and that’s thanks to the AquaOx Water Filter system I have at home.  I take my Standard Process therapeutic food supplements, and Medi Herb adaptogenic herbal supplements.

Nutrition is very important, and part of being a leader to the people in my community is to practice what I preach and live by example.


A healthy nervous system is important, optimal nutrition is essential….and so is being committed to working out.

In a world in which 70% of the population is overweight or obese, and where diabetes is the fastest growing disease in history, it is essential to build strong muscle, and burn excess fat.  If I allow myself to gain weight, or if I neglect my body, I can’t be a good example and leader.

I do not need to spend endless hours in the gym.  I can accomplish a great deal in a short period of time by doing short bursts of intense exercise.  High intensity interval training maximizes one’s fat-burning and is characterized by performance of exercises which incorporate multiple body parts, and performing exercises at maximum intensity for a period of, perhaps, 45 seconds, followed by a 15 second period of rest. It’s amazing what can be accomplished in a 12-20 minute routine, a few times a week.  It’s great to work out at the gym, or at work, but if time doesn’t allow, I must make sure I get a good quality workout in several times each week.

Health Education

I am a student of living healthy.  I am also a teacher, coach, and physician dedicated to teaching people the principles of health. I must constantly be reading and studying about how to be optimally healthy – body, mind, and spirit.

I teach 9 basic fundamentals of health and wellness.  These include optimizing nutrition, stress and weight management, detox and body purification, balancing hormones, eliminating out-of-control inflammation, and others.  The number one fundamental of health, that YOU must take very seriously, is that of taking personal responsibility for your own health. It involves developing a personal philosophy for what you do and how you do it (as it relates to your health). I help people to develop a plan or program that serves as a guide for how they live their lives – what they eat and drink, how they spend their time, who they hang out with, etc.

I want to inspire people to read books and blogs, to listen to podcasts, and to study health.  This is an area that I must lead by example. I read books, attend seminars, and listen to podcasts so that I can attempt to master the fundamentals, strategies, and skills necessary to create an optimally healthy life.

I want to help as many people as possible to improve their quality of life, prevent disease, and to promote optimal health.  I want to serve as an example and inspiration for my people.  That’s why it is so important to me to focus on these 4 essentials in my practice and in my life.