During my interview process to become a Clinic Director for The Specific Chiropractic Center, I was asked this question by one of our doctors. At the time, I didn’t have an answer. I was arrogant, and believed that I had never failed at anything in my life. However, having had two years to reflect on that question, I have learned that I absolutely fail at something on a daily basis.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dr. Joey Kramer, and I am the clinic director for The Specific Chiropractic Center – Dallas. Outside of The Specific, I have an amazing wife, a daughter, and one more child on the way. While that is the critical foundation to my success, one of the most important pieces of my life is my identity as an athlete. I have been a competitive athlete for 17 years of my life, and 14 of those years have been rooted in the discipline of Olympic lifting. If you don’t know what Olympic lifting is, I highly suggest that you type in the name Dmitry Klokov on YouTube to get an idea of what I am talking about. As an NCAA Division 1 athlete at Texas Christian University, my sport (Discus throwing) required me to be incredibly explosive; thus the passion for this style of weight lifting. Following completion of my throwing career, I found I couldn’t give up on the Olympic lifting due to the very question I proposed at the beginning of this blog – “When was the last time you failed?”
In the sport of Olympic lifting, failure is a daily experience. In fact, it is so frequent that it becomes a part of your life. However, I now have an answer for the most important lesson I have learned, and that is the lesson of the fight. In my experience, there are typically two responses people have when placed under the stress of a barbell. They either crumble under the pressure, or they learn to become a fighter. That is the biggest lesson I have learned from my failures. Through the process of continually walking up to a barbell loaded with large amounts of weight, and attempting to take it from the ground and placing it over my head, I learned that failure happens, but it is the lesson you learn from that failure that is more important. It is the fact that you are willing to get up off the ground, wipe your hands off, and attempt the weight over and over and over again until you achieve your goal.
However, once you achieve your goal, failure isn’t over – the process just starts again. Failure is part of the journey of life. It is what forges us into the men and women we are today, and who we will become. Every time we fail, we learn from it; we adapt and we make changes to become better.
In the human body, our nervous system is designed to function this way. It is continually working through systematic processes of input and output. Failures and corrections. It is responsible for controlling the 37 trillion cells that compose the human body from the moment of conception until the moment of death. Can you imagine how many different failures your nervous system must process and correct on a daily basis?
Interestingly enough, there are times when your nervous system decides to crumble under the pressure. Where it decides it has had enough, and failure without fighting is the best option. We call this ‘nervous system interference’ in our practice, and it is manifested in athletes in what I like to call the Big 3:
- An increase in injury rate
- A decrease in performance
- A decrease in recovery
Fortunately, each of our 19 offices provides the solution to help your nervous system get back in the fight: state of the art computerized infrared thermography. Through conservative management and analysis of the nervous system, we work to help your body get back into the fight. We help you get hope, get well, and live life – or, just as in the sport of weightlifting – we help you crush your goals and achieve peak performance through neural efficiency.
If you are feeling like you are out of the fight, like your recovery is suffering alongside your performance, and you are starting to notice those nagging injuries return, then I strongly recommend you take the time to get your nervous system analyzed. Remember – failure is part of the journey. It is normal to reassess your current failures, and make the necessary adaptations to achieve success.
We do our best work with people just like you. Believe me – we understand failure, and we know how to stay in the fight. Schedule your nervous system consultation today.