Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Strategy I am utilizing: Goal Group Have you ever noticed that you are more productive, stay better engaged and have more fun doing things in a group?  If this sounds like you, I have a strategy that could make achieving your goals for 2021 much more likely.  It is called a goals group.  The idea is to find a collection of people (I recommend anywhere between 1 up to 5 other people) whom you trust and meet with them on a regular basis in order to help each other gain greater levels of success.  I recently did this with a few guys and had an enormously productive session.  We covered topics such as health, spirituality, family, mentors, mindset, business and finances.  I suggest that you do NOT include competing individuals in order to eliminate any bias or withholding of information.  The more transparent you can be, the better your discussions and breakthroughs.  Our group has decided to meet once a quarter for a longer session and once every other week via Zoom to maintain accountability.  If you need help setting this up or are looking for other folks who might be interested in starting something like this, please reach out to me and I will try to find another Aligned Life community member for your group! Book I am raving about: Traction by Gino Wickman Over my career I have read hundreds of books on how to run a company.  This book by Gino Wickman is one of the top five I have ever reviewed.  The reason I enjoyed it so much was that I found the information to be highly implementable.  If you are looking to get organized, make sure you have the right people on the bus and keep your whole team on the same page, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Traction! Quote I am repeating: "Problems are like mushrooms: when it is dark and rainy, they multiply.  Under bright lights they diminish." ~Gino Wickman in Traction In order to produce great results in your relationships, finances, business or health a lack of awareness can be a killer.  These "blind spots" are where your future problems fester.  The more you actively seek out the problems in ALL areas of your life rather than turning a blind eye to them, the more you will avoid catastrophic damage.  By creating clarity, setting up metrics, having a meeting rhythm and taking responsibility you can

Book I am hearing: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo I was recommended this book by a fellow Aligned Life'er (Thanks Victoria!) due to my goal of trying to be more aware of what I could do to help improve racial equality in my community.  If you, like me, have said, "I don't see color, I just focus on being a good person" or you consider yourself to be a white progressive individual then WE are at the heart of the race problem in America.  It is also our responsibility to get educated, become more aware of ourselves and our environment and to do better for humanity.  Through a better understanding of how America was created, defining terms such as "prejudice" and "racist" as well evaluating the systems designed to give someone with white skin an advantage, I have learned a ton about how to discuss this topic in order to encourage improvements.  This is a timely must listen for 2021! Stimulus money ideas I am using: Did you get a nice chunk of change in your account recently from the government?  If so, here are a few things I would encourage you to use the money on besides an impulse buy at Target. 1.) Pay off debt 2.) Invest 3.) Put the money in a rainy day fund (war chest) 4.) Buy a sit/stand desk 5.) Put the money towards a whole house water filtration system 6.) Purchase a package of massages to use once a month 7.) Take a road trip 8.) Buy a bike 9.) Invest in your hobbies 10.) Purchase your chiropractic care for 2021 (I know I am biased

    Ladies and Gentlemen we made it to 2021!  If you are reading this, pat yourself on your back because you have just navigated one of the most mentally challenging years in the last few decades.  That being said, I am so excited to once again, partner with you in working towards your life and health goals this year.  I am also thrilled to announce the Aligned Life Chiropractic and Wellness practice theme for 2021 which is, "Own What You Can Control".  This theme means to me that in this year we really need to identify what things in our lives we can control and what things we cannot.  Once that is clearly understood we can then take the next step towards creating extreme ownership over the things in our domain  Through goal setting, action step development, delegation and daily task commitments we will march our way towards the life we desire.  This is such a timely concept because right now there are so many things that affect us every day and yet many of them we cannot control.  By being swayed by external forces we can easily fall into the trap of feeling removed, helpless and stuck.  I hope by getting exceedingly clear on what we can control it will provide a great amount of clarity for where you place your energy over the next 12 months.  Think of your focus like the rays of the sun.  Without a specific direction the energy is dispersed in an infinite number of directions.  However, when a magnifying glass is held up and the light is directed into one small area, the intensity of that energy is increased exponentially and things heat up.  By developing greater clarity of what we can control and taking action on these items we become the magnifying glass and make deliberate choices as to where we are aiming our most intense energy.  This allows us to not just be busy, but instead become highly productive.  With time being a premium, this subtle difference can allow us to remain in a peaceful place while simultaneously increasing the value we deliver to the world. From a chiropractic and health perspective the way we integrate this concept into our daily lives is through identifying a few key areas we would like to place our focus.  Whether this is working on your body position habits, creating a daily exercise routine  or by making all of your appointments for

Year End Strategy I am using: Vision Board I believe most people have heard of the idea of turning our written goals into pictures to empower the subconscious mind to find strategies that will help us achieve our desired outcomes.   This simple tool, when placed in a prominent space within our homes (bathroom mirror, kitchen counter, on your refrigerator, etc.) reminds us to direct our focus towards goal attainment. That being said, I question how many of us actually take the time to create a vision board?  To be transparent, I have not done this project for at least a decade.  However, this year with the help of my brother, I am proud to say I have created a really cool looking vision board.  We used the company Vista Print to print off our projects on an 18 x 24 inch foam board to give them a really professional look.  Get creative, make them inspiring and enjoy being the architect of your life! Podcast I am re-watching: Rich Roll Ep. # 511 with Charles Eisenstein A Yale graduate, speaker, author and social philosopher, Eisenstein is extremely well spoken and has a message for humanity.  If you are interested in how you can redefine all of the challenges we have faced this year and turn them into a positive, check out this enormously impactful hour and half. Quote I am pondering: "We have the opportunity now to forge a new, more compassionate normal.  COVID-19 has gifted us a reset." ~ Charles Eisenstein A narrative that has come out of this last year of struggle has been the idea that when there is disruption in our daily lives, it creates the space for a new way of doing things.  An opportunity to view the world differently.  It shakes us enough to step back and attempt to reassess how we have been doing things all along.  From a health perspective, I hope that this last year has shaken you enough to not fall back into your old ways of relying on other people to take care of your health.  I hope you do NOT desire to get back to the "normal" way of letting your insurance company dictate your healthcare.  To your previous method of waiting until you are in a health crisis before starting to think critically about how we eat, move, think and your structure.  I hope that you can really drill down on what you believe is possible for you in regards to your

Strategy I am using: Year End Recap At the end of each year I have found that it is incredibly helpful to review the previous 12 months to look for bright spots and challenges.  The idea being that if you can duplicate what is working and eliminate the things that aren't, each successive year should get better and better.  I recommend going back through the photos on your phone, looking through your Google calendar or taking a look through your journal in order to be reminded of your behaviors and thoughts.  Make a list of things you want to include and things you want to exclude in the next year.  The more specific, the better.  I have found that life will continuously throw you the same problems until you decide to become more deliberate about how you spend your time.  This one step, done correctly, can massively transform your 2021! Exercise equipment I am wearing: Winter Running and Cycling Gloves If you are like me and enjoy working out in the morning you have certainly noticed a massive drop in the temperature.  To combat the extreme numbness and stiffness I have been experiencing on my runs and bike rides lately I purchased from Amazon these thin but warm gloves.  I like this pair due to their price ($17), the extra grip in the fingertips and palm as well as the fact you can use your cell phone with them on.  So far, they have made a huge difference in my comfort and for that I am grateful! Quote I am repeating: Years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom experience can instill in us.  Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  ~ Oprah Winfrey It is easy to place enormous emphasis on the end of the calendar year 2020.  However, let's remember that in the grand scheme of things Jan 1, 2021 will be just another day.  Another chance to do things better.  A chance to be more committed to our healthy habits, be more kind to our loved ones and strangers.  And another opportunity to be the kind of person we will be proud of.  I look forward to striving forward with you next year! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Top 3 books from 2020 I am recommending:  Each year I try to consume approximately 20 books. This year to prep your list for Santa Clause before Christmas/Hanukah etc. here are my top picks from the year!      1.)  Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins      2.) Atomic Habits by James Clear      3.) Finding Ultra by Rich Roll Top 3 products from 2020 I am using:  This year I have attempted to only purchase items that will have a continual return on investment, have a price within my budget and align with my passions.  Here are a few items that I now use on a regular basis that bring me joy.       1.) My bike.  If you don’t own a bike currently I encourage you to pick one up (preferably used) and get outside for a quick ride.  You will smile more!      2.) Thermal compression pants. I find myself wearing these all the time now that the temp in the morning has dropped considerably.       3.) Xterra Wetsuit. Whenever I am wearing this, I am in the ocean, with friends and working out. I also love the look and function of this suit for only $149 brand new! Top 3 lessons I learned in 2020 I am spreading:       1.) A vacation does NOT need to be a week long, include air travel and cost a lot of money. We drove to Sedona and Zion this year separately for 3 days and had an amazing time for very little money. I recommend using your credit card points for hotel stays.       2.) Being in nature and doing exercise is my happy place.  I don’t know what else to say except I have loved swimming, biking, running, walking, hiking, etc. outside.        3.) Everyone has their own opinion and we all feel like we are correct.  Understanding this and becoming empathetic to myself and others situation has been the biggest challenge and break through of the year.  --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Donation I am encouraging: Toy's For Tot's Drive at Aligned Life Wellness It's that time of year again!   Bring a new, unwrapped gift to the office in order to provide some joy for military families in need!  We only have until December 16th before we have to turn in our donations so please make it a priority.  Our goal this year is 75 gifts which will really help to support our local community in a year in which we need to help out more than ever!  Thanks for your kindness and for being the example of how to treat one another in our community! Book I am reading:  Endure: Mind, Body and The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson Have you ever wondered why on one day you feel like a world beater and on another a slug?  Have you ever had a race or competition in which everything felt amazing and then the next time you competed felt as if you couldn't do anything right?  If so, this book takes a historical and scientific look at the factors associated with uncommon performances over long distances and time.  Side note:  This was the audio I was listening to while running my first half marathon on Thanksgiving morning!  Great motivation. Quote I am loving:  "Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.  No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity."  ~ James Clear (Author of Atomic Habits) One of my favorite books of the year was Atomic Habits.  James Clear describes how to create habits that serve you and eliminate habits that hinder your progression.  He also tells of how the most important part of becoming a better version of yourself is selecting your new identity.  Once you have chosen who you want to become, it becomes easier to determine what habits you would need to implement in order to make being that person a reality.  In a recent podcast with Rich Roll, Clear also talked about how spending time with people who have already become the type of individual you are looking to be, can create and maintain your new identity quicker.  If better health, better posture, a healthier lifestyle and positive attitude are characteristics you are looking to attain I can't think of a better place to spend time than Aligned Life

Documentary I am strongly recommending: The Social Dilemma Last week on Netflix I watched this incredible documentary that changed my behavior immediately in regards to how I use and understand social media (YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram, Pinterest, SnapChat, Google, etc

National Park I am visiting: Zion National Park in Utah, USA This past weekend my family and I drove out to Utah (8 hours) to spend some time in Zion National Park.  Our goal was to see and feel something different, something we had not experienced before.  Zion definitely delivered.  Towering rock faces, yellow and green tree leaves, fast moving streams and vistas of flat topped mountains were everywhere.  The park was at about 40 percent occupancy which made the trip much more pleasant and less stressful.  Our favorite hike was called "The Narrows."  Picture this, huge rock mountains shooting up from both sides with a slow moving stream separating them. Water falls, the occasional sunlight streaming into the canyon and people slowly meandering up the stream.  The water in which you walk through is 38 degrees.  Most people have rented "dry suits" which include shoes that resemble moon boots, wetsuit material socks and pants that ride up above the waist.  Kids receive the same boots and socks but have full body suits that look more like they will be diving to the deepest parts of the ocean.  Large walking sticks are given to all people to help stabilize your body as you walk along the slippery rock bottom of the stream.  All things considered this was a really unique experience that we will definitely remember.  I would also recommend trying out the hikes called "Emerald Pools" and "The Watchman". Success practice I am employing: Goal setting while on vacation Any time I am blessed enough to get away for a few days with my family I always steal off in the morning before anyone is awake in an attempt to have time to sit in an inspiring location and write new behaviors to commit to.  This past week I was able to walk over to a park bench that sat at the base of an enormous red rock mountain range to watch the sunrise over the peaks.  I have found that by sitting somewhere new, seeing something majestic and focusing my mind on the type of life and human I would like to become, I experience significant breakthroughs.  Make sure to take something to write with and a piece of paper or a journal.  These thoughts will become your "north star" for the following months at which time, you can create a new set of goals on your next adventure! Quote I am repeating: "Why do you go

Book I am hearing:  Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Guys!  I listened to a fictional book!   Crazy right?  I think this is the first time I have chosen against my traditional nonfiction selections in a few years.  After seeing this title have over 100,000 5-Star reviews on I decided that it would be worth the time to give it a shot.  This story was written beautifully and has a bit of a surprise ending which makes for a very pleasurable listening experience.  If you are in the mood to sit back, relax and enjoy a great story of struggle, grace and the parallels between nature and the human race, this book will not let you down. Cold weather exercise gear I am wearing: Thermal Compression Leggings Due to the drastic weather shift about two weeks ago I ordered a pair of thermal tights to put under my athletic shorts during early morning runs.  What a difference!  No more shivering and numbness in my legs.  I also liked that the leggings did not feel like baggy sweats that caught the wind and made me feel like I was running through a wind tunnel.  At around $20 for two sets of tights, this was definitely worth the investment! Quote I am loving: "Voting is the expression of commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world." ~ Sharon Salzberg No matter who you vote for or why, please get out and make your voice heard.  There is no greater service as a private citizen than casting your ballot for the people and initiatives you believe are in the best interest of all.  Thanks for your time and bravery! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC