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!!
I incorporated an amazing amount of my research and experience into the creation of our online Interception Orthodontics 'iOrtho' course. Besides the practical and scientific course material, it's important to remember to do it all with love. Here's why.
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Dentists who treat special needs patients - children or adults - can be a major, positive influence on the patient's life and family. Here's how.
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.
The pressures of running a dental practice have never been greater. Insurance companies, government regulations and big corporations all contribute to these challenges. Here's a way to stave this takeover in your own dental practice.
In Abu Dhabi, Claude and I have been ever so fortunate to enjoy the Manarat Al Saadiyat, and its traveling exhibits from the British Museum, and to enjoy the Louvre-Abu Dhabi, a campus of the Louvre, Paris. The solitude and beauty of each are heady and wonderful.
I can sort of imagine the English poet John Keats, standing in a perfectly quiet room of the British Museum in London, observing a Greek urn. This young man, who died at 26 of tuberculosis, was moved by the engraving on the funerary urn and wrote,
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” ~ John Keats
Beauty is truth. Beauty captures us. We cannot get away.
I live in the world of orthodontics. Orthodontics is a beauty treatment.
“If there is a defect on the soul, it cannot be corrected on the face, but if there is a defect on the face and one corrects it, it can correct a soul.” ~ Jean Cocteau
Seeing beauty - of a smile, of art, of nature - holds each of us. We cannot get away. It connects us to the Universe.
Today, see the beauty in your day, in your world, around you.
Feel its joy.
If you're a dentist, you know all about THAT sort of patient (or in the case of a pediatric dentist the patient's parent). Here's how to deal with these kinds of patients and create a win-win scenario.
Think about perspective.
Think about your day.
It’s easy to think about “getting through the day,” and then we’ve sort of wished away yet another of our precious days.
Instead, we can see our day as a blank slate, upon which to write, in which to love, feel joy, and work toward our goals.
“One of the major reasons people don't make any progress toward their goals is because they keep trying to get through the day. A more worthy challenge is to try to get something from the day.”
~ Jim Rohn
We have today. We have no promise of tomorrow.
Savor your possibilities.
Cherish your moments.
Make the most possible of your day, today. Move along your path with joy.
Tina Turner sings, “What’s love got to do with it?” (Side note, no one on the face of this earth can dance like Tina Turner - AND in spike heels! Amazing voice, amazing dance, amazing lady, exuding love.)
A pretty 12 year old recently came in for an orthodontic evaluation. After the exam, I told her mom why I would recommend braces for her daughter, as her bite is off on one side, even though her smile is gorgeous. (And I added, that mom would decide of course whether or not they would proceed).
Her mother responded, “ We came here because we are so in love with you and what you do here.” (This was the first I had met them.)
What's love got to do with it?
Love is contagious. Love spreads from one mom, one patient, to another mom, another girl, another boy, another and another.
This sweet mom came because she had “caught the love bug.”
That’s what love’s got to do with it. In love I have the honor and privilege of orthodontic care.
Love brings us together - Orthodontics is a beauty treatment.
And, love is its result.
Running a dental practice has its challenges. Sometimes the going gets tough.
And... there's something the dentist must do to thrive in the middle of it all.
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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