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Caught In The Undertow – Can You Afford to Take a Break?

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Last week I got to spend some time in California on the beach with my family. It finally took the opportunity to try something I’ve always wanted to do: surfing.

I had watched a bunch of instructional videos on YouTube and in my mind I would be able to stand right up on the first try and cut back and forth across the crashing wave. I imagined it would look like the GoPro videos, with me inside a curling tube of water.

Imagination is a funny thing.

Let’s just say it was two days before I was even able to stand up on the board and catch a wave. I felt like the most unathletic and awkward person on the planet.

One thing I noticed during the week was that not far from the shore there was a slight undertow that would slowly pull me down the beach away from where my family was playing.…

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Luckily, There Are No Shortcuts

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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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The Revolution of Man

This past weekend the United States of America celebrated the 238th anniversary of its independence from England. I know I have readers from all over the world and I don’t want this to become some kind of geopolitical history debate. But the holiday had me thinking a lot about the men and women who fought in the revolutionary war. They were outnumbered, poorly armed, less experienced, and generally at a major disadvantage. Some of the colonists thought it was easier to just keep things the way they were. But for those who fought, the idea of keeping things the same was unacceptable. They had caught the idea of freedom and they were going to fight until they had achieved it.American Revolution

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that those revolutionaries weren’t so different than you or I.…

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“Dutch Dynasty” – Focus On Your Strengths

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“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins

     The Winter Olympics in Sochi came and went with the usual stories of personal triumph and victory. My favorite story to come out of Sochi was that of the medals won by an underdog, the Netherlands. In the final medal count, the Netherlands came in 5th with 24 total medals, one shy of the winter sports powerhouse Canada. This is an amazing accomplishment because the Netherlands have no mountain ranges and get very little snow. The country is not very big and only sent 1/5 as many athletes to the Olympics as the United States or Canada.…

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5 Ways to Stop Focusing On the Obstacles

Obstacles Flat TireFor those who have followed the blog for a while you know that I really enjoy road cycling. I started riding in high school with my dad and then raced for Arizona State University in college. It is one of my favorite ways to exercise and spend time in the fresh air thinking to myself. Actually, it is where I come up with most of my blog posts.

Road bikes have very narrow wheels and skinny tires. Because of this, all of the weight from the bike and rider is transmitted down onto two small points where the front and back tires hit the road. The narrow tires make the bike go faster. The downside is that any little rock or piece of glass you run over has an increased chance of puncturing your tire.…

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Walking in Circles? – Six Steps to Define Your Vision

Legs of a young man runningWhich of your legs is longer, the right or the left?

You may be tempted to say they are both the same but the truth is we all have one leg that is a little longer than the other. It might be a microscopic difference but it is there nonetheless.

Because of this, if you were placed in the middle of a completely barren desert with no mountains or physical landmarks in sight, your attempts to walk in a straight line would be futile. Eventually, if you walked long enough, you would come across some footprints in the sand, your own footprints. Without a goal or something to walk towards, your shorter leg would eventually cause you to walk in an enormous circle and come right back to where you started.…

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8 Steps for Breaking Through Any Obstacle

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This weekend I came across a video of kids breaking through wooden boards with their hands. I was curious about the technique that these kids were taught in karate class so I started researching it.

The first page I found was at www.WikiHow.com, which had an article called “How to Break a Board with Your Bare Hand.”

As I read through the steps, I was amazed at how similar the steps for breaking a board are to the steps for overcoming all other obstacles in life. Here are the steps, word for word from the WikiHow website:

How to Break a Board with Your Bare Hands

#1. Empty your mind. Relax. Don’t think about success or failure. Take a calming breath. Focus yourself first. Unless you are extremely weak or sick (in which case you shouldn’t be breaking boards at all), mental preparation is the most important aspect of the technique.

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The Success Auction: How Much Would You Pay?

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“Bidding will start at $100 for this next item. Do I hear $100?”

A number of hands rose up and the auction was under way. The bidding started off in a frenzy as everybody looked to get the object for a low price.

“$150, thank you sir. $200 to the lady in the yellow hat. $250? Yes, thank you young man.”

The price climbed steadily higher and higher. As the price rose it started to eliminate the people who decided they didn’t want to pay that much to win.

Within minutes the auctioneer found that he had to work much harder to get bidders.

“The bid is at $1100, do I hear $1100? It is a bargain at this price ladies and gentlemen. Thank you madam!”

“$1200 then.…

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Newton’s 1st Law of Success: Perpetual Motion

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We all know about Sir Isaac Newton.

Gravity, the apple, inventor of calculus.

Some of his most famous work was his Three Laws of Motion.

This post is the first in a series of three, looking at how Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion are also really Laws of Success. They each apply to us every day and our understanding of them will lead us to greater happiness, fulfillment and achievement.

Let’s get started.

Newton’s First Law of Motion: An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an external force.

blue_glass_marble___stock_by_mrdragonx-d4u249lSo if we rolled a marble on a glass floor, it would keep going and going but eventually stop because of gravity and the friction of the glass table.…

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