Excellent patient care often requires doctors to do things not paid for by insurance. Here's how to approach this situation if you're a dentist.
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A rainy day can be a contemplative day.
Curled up in a wing chair, feet on the ottoman, steaming cup of coffee in hand. A beautiful moment to contemplate, cherish and savor.
Never mind the metaphorical rainy day, but rather imagine the actuality of the soft rain, the very green of the wet trees and plants, and scents of the moist air laced with wet plant, mud, decaying fallen leaves and fresh rain.
Grab your opportunity soon, to ponder and enjoy just such a moment, hopefully on a weekend day of rest. Inhale the scents, absorb what your eyes can take in and listen to the sounds, no matter the season, of the insects, birds, and dripping rain.
Go to gratitude.
Can you feel it? As you relax into it, think of so many things you are grateful for - loves, work to do, goals to meet, and the rainy day.
Close your eyes and just be.
Why did you become a dentist, anyway?
To make more money?
To own and run your own business? To help people?
Here is the route to finding purpose in your profession.
Going for it.
Moving forward keeps you happy. And, conversely, stagnation is dying.
Live life to its fullest. Search for what you want to learn, become.
Look around you and notice friends, colleagues, others who seem really happy, probably really active, busy. Ask them what they are learning. Ask them what drives them. Ask.
Choose something to read, to learn about, to work toward.
Ask your husband or wife to do it with you.
Maybe get Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking”. Good place to start.
Read it aloud to each other. You’ll be amazed at the results.
And you’ll be growing, learning, changing!
Fear can be the biggest obstacle between the dentist and whether he or she has a happy and excellent practice. Here are concrete steps you can take to reach your goal.
It’s easy to feel like you’ll give when you “have it.”
It’s easy to see others share money and assume they’ve made it. They “have it.”
Guess what you’re missing here?
Money has NO power except the power of your love.
When you feel as if you have to have a lot to give a little, or a lot, you are thinking from the viewpoint of scarcity.
When you think someone doesn’t deserve it, or isn’t smart enough, or… you are rationalizing from the viewpoint of scarcity.
Scarcity cannot love. Scarcity is weak. Scarcity keeps you weak and feeling unloved, even fearful.
Start giving wholeheartedly! Tip a little or a lot extra, and feel the love.
When we put love into money - and share it - we leave scarcity behind.
Abundance awaits. Go for it today!!
Another way to say,
Focus on others.
What can you do for someone else? What can you give to someone else?
How can you show love to someone?
Today, look for the opportunities. And grab them. Give, do, love.
By the end of the day you’ll be full of love because it boomerangs right back atcha!
Hold a door for someone.
Help someone in the parking lot to unload their groceries.
Say thank you to everyone you meet.
(Who cares if they wonder why? Just do it.)
Be kind to a stray animal. Pick up a piece of trash. (Sure, carry a little pack of tissues with you to use).
Ask someone on the elevator how their day is going — then say as you get off, “Have an absolutely wonderful day!”
Focus on them.
Live in a new way. You’ll be so happy by evening, it will amaze you!!
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Sit for a minute and get quiet. Totally quiet.
Think - what is on your “I should” list?
“One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental ‘I should’ list.” ~ Jim Rohn
That’s a place to start.
Then as you go through your day, notice what you see that could be done better, that could be done differently, that you’d like to see changed.
When your vision, your idea is aligned with insatiable hunger and a persistence that just keeps moving in the face of apparent failure, get ready for your miracles!
Believe it - your direction is awaiting.
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris is based in glorious Texas, USA. but lectures around the world.
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