Over the winter break I had the privlege to visit Chicago and shadow Dr.Tom Nelson. I have discussed the importance of mentors on a previous blog I used to contribute towards, but I would like to expand on that discussion in the context of my visit to Chicago.
Dr. Tom Nelson is one of the most chairasmatic, authentic and wise individuals I have ever had the great fortune to meet. He exudes a sense of calm and peace that instantly puts his patients at ease. He not only moves with a 1-2-3 seuquence but lives his life 1-2-3.
Dr.Tom learned the Be Activated Muscle Activation system directly from Douglas Heel and has been a leader for spreading the Be-Activated Muscle Activation philosophy and transferring the health care system from the inside out. He now helps Douglas Heel teach Be-Activated Muscle Activation workshops in Chicago, while running a Be-Activated Muscle Activation clinic combined with a "traditional western medical practice." Seeing the effectiveness of his combined practice up close and personally was truly inspiring (visit his website to learn more).
So why was learning and shadowing Dr.Tom such a tansformative process for me? Was it because of his experience and his clinical acumen? While they are impressive, what made my learning experience from him so enriching were his ardent desire to teach and mentor me. This is a lesson that you can take away from my experience so that you can be the best that you can be.
He should be better than me, otherwise that means I have not done my job."
I remember a patient had asked me if I was going to be as good as a doctor as Dr. Tom. Immediately he responded, "he should be better, otherwise that means I have not done my job." If you want to be an excellent athlete, dancer, musician, or anything else your heart desires it is absolutely essential that you find a mentor that has transceded their ego and is passionate about promotiong your learning. I have been absolutely blesed to have many mentors such as Dr. Tom help guide me throughout my life. If you are committed to being the best that you can be it is essential that you search out a mentor that is not seeking an ego boost but is dedicated to teaching you and your success.
If you can’t sustain it, it’s not worth it.
I am a medical student who is obsessed with the Be Activated Muscle Activation Technique, mastering movement and understanding what makes humans thrive.