Often times perspective is everything, as our thoughts influence our emotions, and then our emotions influence our behavior.
How we view our situation…as challenging but surmountable, impossible and insurmountable, or somewhere in-between, actually influences the very outcome itself.
When challenged with a very difficult situation -let’s say chronic intra-staff turmoil as an example- how we view it makes all the difference in the world. A conclusion of, “That’s just the way people are…and I can’t change it”, yields a much different response than, “I’ve got to do something about this right now as it is really holding this practice back.”
In 1960, Bennet Cerf made a $50 bet with Theo Geisel. Bennet, the founder of Random House Publishing bet Geisel, already a successful author, that he could not write a successful book by only using fifty different words.
Bennet lost the bet, because Geisel saw the limitation as a creative opportunity, and not as an insurmountable obstacle. And as a result, the outcome was a book which has sold over 200 million copies and is now known to almost every adult and child in the Western world. Geisel titled it ‘Green Eggs and Ham’.
It is old news that dentistry is rapidly changing, and in some ways -not for the better. But if we focus on the negatives, we automatically shut down the creative solution-oriented side of our brains….WE STICK OURSELVES in a “glass is half empty” mindset, where we think the glass will surely be even more empty in near the future.
Such thinking was avoided in the minds of Einstein, Jobs, and Tesla, and that is why they kept creating and overcoming seemingly impossible odds.
Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”. And that is how we need to view our challenges as well.
Take off the kid gloves and get busy solving your problems. And stop ruminating over what you currently think can not be accomplished – because it can be.
If you don’t another day will be lost spinning your wheels instead of moving forward.
Paul A Henny, DDS
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