Finding Peace and Mindfulness in Times of Uncertainty with Dr. Dawn Kulongowski

If you’re feeling a little stir crazy and uncertain about what the future holds for our industry, you are not alone. Dr. Dawn Kulongowski joins me on the show today to share her expertise in meditation, mindfulness, and managing stress in the best way. We talk about applications from her journey and my own that will hopefully help you in moments of stress and uncertainty.

From week one of shutting down her practice, Dawn walks us through her process of managing her business and mind, as well as how things changed over time. Listen in to learn how to get ahead, advice for dealing with constant change, and the importance of finding value and fulfillment in your life outside of your practice and inside of yourself.

Key Quotes:

  • “We think we have the hands of God, and then we’re told they aren’t needed.”
  • “A little dose of reality can be a good thing to help us get our life in balance and put our life in perspective.”
  • “It’s that fear of the future thing. The biggest issue I’m seeing in everyone is that everyone is afraid.”
  • “We have two choices right now: We can trust that life does have a way of working out, or we can live in fear and have ulcers and heart attacks.”
  • “Happiness and fulfillment are internal things, and we were never taught that.”
  • “We’re never going to calm the world; we have to learn to be calm despite whatever is going on in the world.”

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All Business Growth Comes from Personal Growth

Ritualization habituation—what is it exactly? And what does it have to do with growth and having your best year every year? In this episode, I’ll answer these questions and explain why it’s so important to be strategic about thoughts, patterns, and behavior.

Many people fail to leverage their full capabilities and drain themselves by giving more than they have. Listen in to learn how to avoid this common pitfall, how to create and nurture the habits that are so important to your success, and how personal development naturally leads to business development.

Key Quotes:

  • “We are essentially our habits—our patterns of thought and our patterns of behavior.”
  • “Very strategically start instilling powerful habits and removing limiting beliefs to start having your best year every year.”
  • “Get at the root of empowering behaviors so you don’t have to think about them—they’re just part of your day-to-day.”
  • “The morning routine starts the night before.”
  • “You’re doing what you said you would do. That helps your confidence. That helps your self-image. That helps your capacity to grow your business.”
  • “When you go to the office, if your energy is not on, it will affect your ability to lead. It’ll affect your good will. It will affect your case acceptance.”
  • “Once you change who you are, then everything changes.”
  • “As you expand, so does your business.”

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Using Meditation to Reach Your Peak Performance

Get your questions ready because Dr. Dave will be doing something a bit different – answering your questions on the show. Meditation is the topic of this episode’s question so he talks about his journey with meditation – from discovering it and finding a rhythm with it and then switching up his practice later on to serve him better. Dr. Dave has had a lot of success after adopting meditation as a regular practice into his life and some great insight from his own experience that might help you develop your own practice.

Although he still emphasizes exercise as the number one thing to keep you on your game and thriving, he says that meditation would come in as a close second. Dr. Dave addresses some common issues with meditation and explains how he ultimately made it his own and found a way to make it a regular, important part of his daily routine. The benefits of meditation range from mental clarity and stress reduction to even lessening the effects of aging. Dave attests to this and shares his best tips on how to meditate and take care of yourself so that you can, in turn, care for your practice, team, family and community the way you want to.

Key Quotes:

  • “As we talk about high performance, I think meditation is something we need to talk more and more about.”
  • “I’m going to be rolling out some unique ideas to serve you, the listener, better.”
  • “Making it a habit and a ritual so it’s easier to do than not to do is key.”
  • “Traditionally [Meditation] has been overcomplicated.”
  • “If you’re deprived of sleep, meditation can help you get caught up.”
  • “When you’re in the groove and developed the habit and you’re able to really go into that calm state for good bits of time without the mind fluctuating all over the place, you really start to feel like you have the world by the tail.”
  • “Look at it as a lifetime investment.”
  • “I get up as early as I need to, to get my exercise and meditation in.”

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Three Things That Are Changing My Life

Growing as a leader starts with growing as a person, and no one knows that better than Dr. David Maloley. He’s going solo today to share a few things that have significantly improved his quality of life, and as a result, have helped him be a more effective leader in his practice.

Listen in to hear the top three gadgets that have become major parts of Dr. Dave’s morning routine, as well as his advice for starting your day off strong. You’ll also hear his tips for improving your mental state and what it really takes to be the leader your practice needs.

Key Quotes:

  • “If you can own your day, you can use that as a building block. Then you’re well on your way to building an epic life, and that starts with a morning routine.”
  • “No matter what your quest is—building a dental empire, serving your patients—meditation is a good foundation.”
  • “All my breakthroughs in my practice were when I was working more on myself than on the tactics within the practice.”
  • “Strong systems are really important, but you’re not going to change your life by fixing the way your phones are answered … True growth is going to happen from growth within the leader.”
  • “When you transform the leader, you transform the practice, and it must start in that order, or it’s not sustainable.”
  • “High performance is about increasing fulfillment and decreasing stress over time.”
  • “Health is the wealth. If you’re tired and exhausted, you’re going to be kind of a coward and an ineffective leader.”
  • “We’re sold this myth that as we get older, our energy decreases. I don’t believe in that at all. There’s so many ways that we can get our bloodwork right and get our morning routine right so that we have the same energy that we did as a teenager.”
  • “When those difficult times come along … I want to be a higher level person so that I can take that head-on.”

 

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The “Why” for Choosing Dentistry with Dr. Matt Standridge

In this day in age, it’s so easy to get caught in the trap of comparing your life to what you see online, especially when it comes to social media. The problem is that people tend to show only the best parts of their lives, so we don’t see any of the hard times. But just as important as sharing our victories is sharing when we struggle, and in this episode, Dr. Matt Standridge does just that.

Now the owner of Yates Center Dental and the man behind the popular Ketodontist Podcast, Matt opens up about a time when things weren’t so good. He talks about his battle with depression, sharing his lowest point and what he did to get his life back on track. Listen in to hear his inspiring story, as well as advice for taking care of your mental wellbeing.

Key Quotes:

  • “There are so many people that are growing their business, growing their practice, while tearing themselves down, which clearly isn’t a sustainable model.”
  • “I was stressed out to the gills; I did not want to get up in the morning … I even had thoughts of suicide. … That’s when I started really doing a deep dive on myself and reconnecting with, okay, what was the point of all this?”
  • “With the magazines and the forums and the boom of social media and everything, you see all this great work and all these people that show their best selves online, and that FOMO—that fear of missing out—it can really creep in.”
  • “The most difficult thing when you’re really struggling as a professional, as a community leader, as a leader within your practice, is that you might be in a state of crisis, but you still have that feeling of obligation to show the world that everything’s okay.”
  • “The thing is with meditation, you can’t be too idealistic about it. You’re going to have thoughts. If you do it when you’re tired, you may nod off. It’s all okay.”
  • “Depression from what I understand is a lot like addictions. It can come back in a heartbeat if you let it, so it’s that being vigilant to keep it from rearing its ugly head again.”
  • “It took a long time to finally get it through my thick skull, but you can’t be everything to everybody.”
  • “There’s really power in talking about our victories, but also our fumbles and interceptions.”

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