A little book by Chris Widener, with the title of Solomon’s wisdom above, says that guarding your heart is the single most important lesson for achieving, sustaining and enjoying success.
How is your heart? Do you guard it? At the core of who you are, what you do, and of your very life, is your heart. How is it?
”...for it is the wellspring of life.”
An extraordinary heart and extraordinary people are very uncommon.
“If You Want to Live an Extraordinary Life, you need to give up a Normal One.” ~ Darren Hardy
“If you want to live an Extraordinary Life, you have to give up many of the things that are part of a Normal One.” - Srinivas Rao
Before you become aware and begin to guard your heart, you can spend time with just about anyone. You can eat whatever you like. As Darren Hardy says, “You can justify activities and behaviors that are, frankly, mediocre.”
But as you become more aware, you realize you want to and need to change.
This is guarding your heart. This is becoming. This is the road to extraordinary. Will you choose it?
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Most of us start practice not knowing just how difficult dental practice can be. We have the challenge to look at our practice as a whole and ask ourselves, "What is missing in this picture?" Dentists need the courage to figure out what needs to change and the courage to make those changes.
Orthodontics and Clarity
It’s easy to believe that orthodontics is a mystery. In many schools and in many dentists, that belief is pervasive. The mystery of orthodontics, just like the mystery of each and every area of dentistry, is unveiled and solved in learning and practicing.
Your imagination begins the process of opening the mystery to excitement, fun and transformational possibilities, and your intention and actions carry you from there.
Orthodontics can change your life, your practice, and so many lives that it leaves you in wonderment, in gratitude for the opportunities, for the incarnation of your dream, astonished once again, that your imagination has become manifest.
Come learn with us. Come learn more about orthodontics.
Your dreams and imagination will become your goals; your goals will become your accomplishments. We can teach you how. We can teach you what. We can teach you. We’ve taught many dentists just these things!
Whether you decide to provide the orthodontics, or you bring someone else in to do so, you will absolutely love what you learn, and begin unwinding the mystery and glory of orthodontic care in your practice.
Learning with us can be a miracle process.
Come let us blow your mind!
Here’s to your success and joy.
“There are seconds, they come only five or six at a time, and you suddenly feel the presence of eternal harmony, fully achieved. It is nothing earthly; not that it's heavenly, but..one must change or die. The feeling is clear and indisputable. As if you suddenly sense the whole of nature and suddenly say: yes, this is true. God, when he was creating the world, said at the end of each day of creation: 'Yes, this is true, this is good.' This . . . is not tenderheartedness, but simply joy. You don't forgive anything, because there is no longer anything to forgive. You don't really love — oh, what is here is higher than love! What's most frightening is that it's so terribly clear, and there's such joy. In those five seconds I live my life through, and for them I would give my whole life, because it's worth it.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
(Recorded in Sounion, Greece)
Want a better life? This approach works for those in the dental profession, but is just as powerful for those working in any business. You can make tiny, though important "course adjustments" that will eventually, immeasurably improve your life. Here's what to do.
You can change all things when you change yourself for the better. So how do you need to change yourself? The answer lies in what you want to FEEL.
Clarity about what you want to feel, be, experience is the key.
“Self-protection leads to mediocrity. Self-service leads to fortune. Self-investment leads to fortune.” ~ Jim Rohn
You life will never be the same, once you begin to change.
A profound commitment to learning, learning, learning, CONSTANT AND NEVER-ENDING SELF IMPROVEMENT is the key. It’s an attitude. It’s a mindset.
Your progress brings you happiness. Your plateau gets boring.
You went to dental school. It was exciting to learn, to grow to become. It was exciting to begin practice. It was exciting to see yourself becoming more and more. Then, you plateau. You level-off.
You are bored, and worse yet, probably worried. How can I make more money? How can I deal with practice issues? How can I deal with insurance and Medicaid problems?
We are designed to grow and grow, and to give.
Here’s an answer that has worked wonders for me: adding orthodontics to my practice. In fact, it brought me wonderment — excitement — scary, yet amazing stuff.
It isn’t what your practice, your budget is costing you now. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t change it, if you don’t grow.
Don’t go one more day without learning something amazing, then giving it to someone else.
Consider what you can add to your life, to your staff’s lives, to your patients’ lives, to your family’s lives, to the world!
Why not now? Why not you?
Get a game plan going.
Do it NOW.
What is the date today?
Write it down. BECAUSE -
THIS could be the date that changes it all.
This could be the date that gets you to bigger, better things, bringing you wealth, happiness and amazing gifts to others.
Choose the pain of discipline instead of the pain of regret. Your practice, your life will NEVER be the same. It will be full of new abundance, new happiness, new wealth, new gifts to others.
Why not now?
Come learn with us. We will teach you. You can do it. It’s your choice. Get clarity, then get going!! We LOVE TO HELP you make the deliberate steps again and again to create change.
Yes you can do it! And we are here to help!!
While in Sounion, Greece, I thought of an important question to ask doctors about a certain kind of relationship. Are you enmeshed in this kind of triangle?
Orthodontics and You
Orthodontics is a natural part of pediatric dental care. I cannot imagine how one can NOT offer it within the practice setting. It is such an amazing and wonderful piece of the ideal - holistic care of the patient, intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
There are many types and levels of orthodontic care you can offer your patients.
If you are a general practitioner or pediatric dentist who treats children, OH MY GOODNESS, there is so much you can do! It will change your life as it has mine.
Orthodontics will give you a new challenge, a whole new area for your imagination, creativity and joy to exude and flow through you to your patients and their parents. Same is true for your adult patients - imagine what they could feel if you make more beautiful, their smile!
Orthodontic care takes into account the growth and development, the visual / aesthetic, the emotional, and the functional aspects of the child. It is not geared toward signs and symptoms of disease, but rather health. The term healthcare is so misused. Most medical AND DENTAL care is disease care.
But in general, orthodontic care is health care. Glorious health care!
There are various ways to approach orthodontics in your practice. One is to hire an orthodontist or other dentist to finally make it possible to offer and keep your total patient care in-house. We can teach you how to do that, and what to offer, expect and do to make it work.
Like any associate or partnership, the person doing ortho in your practice has to be someone who shares your dream, your vision, your care of your practice and patients. It’s way more than a business deal. It’s shared dream, vision, purpose and mission! It’s shared systems. It’s shared life.
Whether you hire and delegate the ortho out or not, you will find awe and love in your learning about ortho, your learning to provide any part of orthodontics that appeals to you, or your learning to know when to refer, and what to expect of your ortho people.
If you treat children, you already have skills and knowledge and can hone your awareness and expectations as well as your understanding and beliefs in what can be done with and for your patients.
And of course, I cannot encourage you enough, to learn orthodontics yourself, because I know how it has transformed my life and the lives of so many patients, their parents AND their dentists.
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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