Mental Health & Pain: Motivation To Taking Action Towards Improving Your Health … On Your Terms

Good morning,

Have you seen the new docu-series about Michael Jordan called The Last Dance?

If you haven’t seen it, it’s pretty incredible and I highly recommend it (and yes, this was part of my COVID stay-at-home practice, to watch docu-series!)

Most people don’t know this about Jordan … but he had a secret club called “The Breakfast Club.”


MJ’s Breakfast Club Method

After a 3-year playoff losing streak to the Detroit Pistons in the late 80’s, Jordan decided to triple-down on his already legendary practice habit by creating a secret “club.”

He realized he needed to improve his strength and endurance to overcome the Pistons, so he set up a morning workout habit to specifically improve those traits.

It wasn’t long until some of his teammates became curious about his early-morning routine and joined him.

Every morning as early as 5 o’clock, they’d get together for intense workouts and also have a nutrient-rich breakfast to help refuel, repair, and rebuild their bodies.

This was in ADDITION to their normal practice schedule!

Did you know, back then, this holistic approach – combining nutrition and fitness – was considered groundbreaking!

It’s common now because it works …

. . . but the Chicago Bulls went on to become a legendary team, dominating the NBA in the 1990’s by winning 6 championships!

I really like this story for so many reasons, because the same strategy can be applied in our everyday lives. It isn’t just for pro athletes and wealthy celebrities.

Let’s Take A Look At The Parts Of Michael Jordan’s “Secret Club” nutrition, exercise, pain, chronic pain, mental health, the Other Pain Clinic Inc

  • Having a goal

The team had a goal – they wanted to win, but first they needed to beat the physically dominating Pistons.

  • What do you need to change?

Jordan took control of the situation by figuring out what needed to change – improve his strength and endurance.

  • Creating a routine

Then, he created an intentional, step-by-step plan to make that change possible, and hired a trainer and chef to help him (this helps to save time and be focused)

  • Start the change

He didn’t wait for his team to buy into his new morning workout habit – he started on his own.

  • Motivation to continue

And when they saw his success, his teammates joined him – and they made a serious dent in sports history.


Think about how you can do this in your OWN life. What’s that first step YOU can take?


Make your day an amazing day,


CEO & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist @ the Other Pain Clinic Inc


Yes, I know I said “on your own terms” in the title of this blog post, however if you are looking for guidance in starting some new healthy habits amidst of all the information that is out there, I’ve got a few spots available for habit mapping session this week to help be clear and focused for the path you want to take.  Just email me and we can set up a time to talk.




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