In dentistry, I find the extraordinary!
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As a dentist, take a fresh look at your career and evaluate whether you've really been serving your patients' -- and your own -- best interests.
Who am I hanging with / spending time with?
What effect do they have on me?
What have they got me spending time, doing?
Where do they have me going?
What do they have me feeling, saying?
What do they have me thinking about?
What am I becoming?
Then ask yourself:
Is that ALL good? Is there ANY good in it?
DO WHAT THE TOP 5% OF ALL PEOPLE DO: FIND PEOPLE WHO HAVE YOU GROWING, BECOMING GREATER, HAPPIER, MORE SUCCESSFUL, WHO PROPEL YOU TOWARD YOUR DREAMS.
Avoid complainers, toxic people who are Energy Vampires and flatterers.
Look instead for positive, satisfied, people who challenge you, get you reading great stuff, doing great things, becoming greater.
Your beliefs, attitude and personal philosophies are greatly influenced by the people you spend time with.
Evaluate yourself and your associates. Avoid the ones who aren’t strengthening you. Find ones who do.
Teaching the parent how to activate expansion appliances with jackscrews.
Here's a recommendation to my colleagues to consider just exactly what 'evidence base' is -- and what it is not.
Do you ever think, "if only"?
If only I were in some other job, some other practice, some other relationship — THEN I would be happy.
If only I had what “he” has, what “they” have — sure, THEN I could be happy.
Well, that is all doubtful!
Get all the happiness out of where you are, what you are doing, your practice today, your friends and family.
(If those aren’t working for you, sure, study your goals, and set up a plan to work toward where you want to be, what you want in relationships and how to get there.)
BUT, in the meantime…
Get the happiness you can out of NOW and what’s happening NOW.
Sometimes we don’t realize our blessings until they aren’t there anymore.
The years, the changes plunder them and suddenly we look back and realize we could have been much happier.
Sometimes we don’t realize our blessings until they aren’t there anymore. The years go by, change occurs, and suddenly we look back and realize we could have been much happier.
Would you believe that there is nothing about your life today, not even the hurting that you won’t eventually appreciate and understand that it's good?
Don’t wait to be "happy until"…
Happiness begets happiness.
Go for it.
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 practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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