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The past 6 months have been incredibly busy for me in ways I had never anticipated. One of the unfortunate casualties of this busy period was the blog. I got out of the habit of writing and posting. Big mistake. I have realized how much I need writing in order to keep myself focused on what is important. This blog definitely helps me a lot more than anyone else. So thank you for those that have continued checking in and encouraging me to get back to what I love.

One of the events contributing to this busy season was that I purchased a 2nd dental practice last fall. Most of you know I am a dentist and I’ve always had the dream of owning multiple dental practices where I could organize teams of highly motivated and well-trained individuals and can change people’s perception of a dental office.…

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Laugh, and the World Laughs with You

Child laughingHappy Monday! Today I want to share the poem Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Ella wrote this poem after an experience she had while traveling to an inaugural ball for the Governor of Wisconsin. On her way to the celebration, there was a young woman dressed in black sitting across the aisle from her. The woman was crying. Miss Wheeler sat next to her and sought to comfort her for the rest of the journey. When they arrived, the poet was so depressed that she could barely attend the scheduled festivities. As she looked at her own radiant face in the mirror, she suddenly recalled the sorrowful widow. It was at that moment that she wrote the opening lines of “Solitude”.

It may sound like a depressing story for a “Motivated Monday” post but it is significant in that it teaches us that when we work to be positive and have our life in order, the world will be there to support us.…

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Motivated Monday – The World Is Against Me

Monday MotivationMonday is my favorite day. It is the start of a new week and you get to make it whatever you want. You’ve had time over the weekend to relax and digest what you did the previous week and then decide how you can improve the next one. It is like New Year’s Day that comes every week.

Many people hate Mondays because they have to head back to work after a fun weekend. I don’t blame them. But to try and help, I decided to start a series of posts called “Motivation Mondays.” Every Monday I will post a motivational poem or quote from some of my favorite authors in history, hoping that it will help give someone out there a little boost of motivation for the day.…

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Fear: A Figment of Your Imagination?

This weekend I heard a wonderful illustration about fear and focus that I thought deserved to be repeated on a larger scale.

Balance Beam Let us imagine that I took a long plank that was 50 feet long and 1 foot wide. I put it up on cinder blocks so that it is about 3 feet off of the ground. At one end I place a $20 bill. I challenge you to walk from one end of the plank to the other without falling off. If you make it, you get the $20 bill. Sounds pretty easy, right? I think all of us could do it pretty easily without too much anxiety.

Now let’s imagine that I take the exact same plank and place it across a narrow and deep canyon with a raging river flowing at the bottom and razor-sharp rocks jutting out from the walls.…

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10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home

10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home

10 steps to happy.jpgThis is a post I found at www.apartmenttherapy.com and I thought it was pretty insightful. Enjoy!

Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that constitute our daily lives — we are, in fact, in control of our outlook on life.

It’s amazing how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for meaningful, positive change. Here are a few simple things you can do every day to feel happier at home.

1. Make your bed. In a popular post last month, I explained the many benefits of daily bed-making.…

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Let It Go! A Parable for Reducing Stress

Let It Go PitcherWhen I was young, I loved to play baseball. My friends and I played every day. When Little League started, I wanted to be a pitcher. My dad was an all-star pitcher when he was a young boy and I wanted to be just like him. So he and I practiced in the backyard almost every night.

Finally, the day came for me to pitch in my first game.

I was nervous but so excited as I walked up to the pitcher’s mound. I still remember the anxious jitters I had as I put my foot on the rubber strip. I looked to the catcher for the sign, wound up and pitched.

Ball 1. No problem.

I wound up again and pitched…ball 2.

Soon ball 3 and ball 4 followed and I had officially walked the first batter I ever faced.…

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15 Pieces of Baggage Making You Sink!

     Imagine you are in a small boat in the middle of the ocean. You are paddling towards a small island where you will spend 3 months of peaceful relaxation. In the boat you have gathered all of your favorite things. But as you paddle towards the island, you realize there is a small hole in your boat. Water is coming in faster than you can bale it out. Before long you realize that your only hope is to paddle to the island as fast as you can and arrive before the boat sinks completely. But as you paddle harder and harder, you realize that your baggage on the boat is too heavy to allow you to move quickly.

The only immediate solution is to get rid of excess weight by throwing most of your baggage overboard.…

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How I Beat King Kong…And You Can Too!

How I Beat King Kong…And You Can Too!

One of my favorite hobbies is road cycling. I like it so much that I get up at 4:30 every morning to go and put myself through pain and suffering. One of the routes we ride takes us up a hill that we affectionately call “King Kong.” It isn’t very long but it is pretty steep. You have to shift into a pretty easy gear to get to the top without killing yourself.

When I first started riding back in high school, “King Kong” was my nemesis. I could make it to the top but I always got passed by all of the other riders. Even as I got better I was consistently getting left behind by riders who I knew were not as strong as I was.…

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29 Ways to Simplify Your Life

29 Ways to Simplify Your Life

Have you ever noticed how busy life has gotten? It seems like whenever there is available time, the world finds a way to fill it. The only way to manage it is to take an active stance against the “life clutter.” Here are some tips for simplifying your day. It is amazing how much stress you can get rid of by employing just a few of these strategies. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

1. Start everyday with your most important task, leaving other ones undone
2. Do what you said you will do first
3. Say no when you are already committed and asked to take on more
4. Ask others for help whenever you need it
5. Finish things completely, don’t leave it only to have to come back again and again
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Stress! How Do You Beat It?

Picture      A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience. She raised a glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’ But she fooled them all… “How heavy is this glass of water?”, she inquired with a smile.
The answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I
hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress.

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