From CAs to office workers to other DCs, mentoring and finding a peer mentor have far-reaching benefits to the profession

The best mentoring relationships have a good balance of give and take, with both sides offering ideas and insights that stimulate the relationship. Finding your purpose as a health care provider can help others and the profession.

Why do you say you only learn from your mistakes? Why not learn from the mistakes of others? Having a guiding hand that is transparent enough to tell them not only what made them successful, but what mistakes made them an entrepreneur rather than just a doctor is a benefit to a peer mentor.

Get out of your own circle

An effective peer mentor seeks to help people figure out what they can be and then makes them responsible for becoming that person. Graduates and even resident doctors continue to face life-changing decisions.

Getting straight out of the academic world of college and being forced to create a means of paying back the student loan, let alone starting a practice and possibly supporting a family, would shake any thought process. Even the established doctor can experience moments of doubt and even fear of possible failure in their decisions. Life dictates changes like new office hours, moving to a new location, adding new services, increasing fees, and even hiring a new doctor. When one is so focused on one’s individual actions and decisions, one can inadvertently become unapproachable in a lead interactive relationship.

When we only live in our own small circle, it is easy to remain deaf to our neighbors who know our strengths and weaknesses. You can see the potential dangers that await us – we can go blind.

One of our loneliest moments is the time to make decisions and the need for guidance. The weight of our future life rests on our hearts. Then second thoughts materialize quickly – and third and fourth. Have I done what is good and wise? Is that what I wanted at all? Can I live with the consequences? Will others think I’m a fool? Who will stand by my side when it becomes clear that I have made the wrong choice?

As long as we are young, desires, impulses and personal associations can carry us through decisions that would paralyze us in 10 years. In the prime of youth, we just do what we have to do or what drives us. How easy it seems! Often we are not even aware that we have chosen something.

Informal peer mentoring

Mentoring is not a one-way street. The best mentoring relationships have a good balance of give and take, with both people offering ideas and insights that stimulate the relationship.

Peer mentoring can also take different forms, both short and long term. Sometimes a simple conversation over lunch can be all it takes to get some key ideas that will steer you in the right direction. It doesn’t always have to be a formal mentoring structure and relationship. In fact, your mentors can sometimes be from afar. A valued friend or relative is just a phone call away. When you receive ideas, encouragement, and insights from individuals, they will have an impact on your life. Of course, in your everyday life you also need mentors who are close enough to you to lead you into areas that you do not know.

Commitment in thoughts and impulses

Listening and seeking guidance is almost a universal human occupation. We see the need for accurate information because there is wisdom in advice. We really live at the mercy of our ideas. Those who operate on the wrong information are unlikely to make their dreams come true. There are no tricks, mechanical formulas, or gimmicks to make sure we’re always right.

Receiving guidance is just one facet that many have used to their success, but just doing what you are told is not the goal. Working together in a partnership of acquired knowledge is priceless.

But trust cannot be entirely based on real understanding. If you can engage personally in thoughts and impulses with a mentor, the rhythm of your own heart will be at peace. As Rudolf Steiner said: “You can only rise to a higher level of development if you bring rhythm and repetition into your life. Rhythm prevails in all of nature. ”This rhythm drives your passion and thus your office.

Develop character, not direction

Finding joy in your chosen chiropractic medical practitioner calling is something most people do not understand. Developing character, rather than direction, has to be the main purpose that gives peace in the choices you have to make.

Faculty and practice shadowing are two personal ways to be enriched by working with a mentor. Understanding through immersion in their practice enables you to absorb their joy in service. What valuable lessons can you learn from observing the truth in your clinical art.

The art of individual care is the specialty of chiropractic. The “heart rhythm” of some doctors for their practice is like a friendship or family bond that purports to teach and guide rather than just provide a service. If we strengthen our own trust and our understanding of our purpose as a health care provider, we will of course become a guiding hand for other health care providers, our patients and hopefully also for our profession.

GARY BORING, DC, BCAO (Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal), LCP (HON.), FICA, is a board member of the Sweat Foundation, has been practicing at Boring Chiropractic for 42 years and is the author of “Driven Towards Excellence 2014”. He is also a member of the Expansion Faculty at Cleveland Chiropractic College. He can be contacted at