January 2022 – NEGOTIATE

Ne-go-ti-ate: to get over, around or through (something) successfully; to deal with (some matter or affair that requires ability for its successful handling): manage.

So here we are, halfway through the first month of 2022, and how are your negotiations going so far?  I’m talking about negotiating gravity, the pandemic, restrictions, work, play, exercise and diet, to name a few.  I am negotiating a new schedule and a new office; for those of you who do not know, I’m am now only working Wednesdays in Tarzana, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, using a new table and different room in the same office.  My Thousand Oaks office moved the end of last month to 390 Lombard St., TO, 91360, and I now have my adjusting tables from Tarzana to help serve you in this office.  I’m negotiating through a new set of patterns and a new rhythm.

The negotiations I want to focus on are your habits and patterns.  For example, every morning you negotiate with yourself when you will get out of bed (overcome inertia, and comfort).  There is always that moment when you [successfully manage] your body to actually get up/out of the warm bed and start your day.  There are the negotiations you make regarding what you’re going to eat; if I have salad for lunch then I can eat a piece of bread, too.  We all do it, sometimes, the “if” – “then”.

When I say that you have to negotiate “gravity” I am referring to your ability to move, and function, and perform tasks with ease, strength and agility.  What strategies are you going to employ this year; continue with what worked last year or modify/revise your routine?  When you negotiate time, it’s always about how you want to spend your time versus how you have to spend your time; if – then. You can continue to do what you do, if it’s working, and if it’s not working, then it’s time to hire a new negotiator, either an inner voice or an outside coach.  Either way, you’re going to be held accountable for the outcome.  Make it one you successfully manage.  Cheers, Dr. Ben


“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”  C.S. Lewis



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