“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

It’s a brand new year, and we’re always in the habit of listing down things that we want to improve for the entire year, whether for ourselves or our practice. Before you sign off this year’s resolution, I’d like to ask you to park your pen for a while and ponder on this: Instead of focusing on what to improve, why not look into the things you need to remove? What hindered your growth in 2021 that you don’t want to carry over in 2022?

Let me share a mantra for you this year: “Weeds before Seeds.” Clear your space with weeds so you can grow more seeds.

In this first episode for the new year, I’ll discuss elevating your confidence and the origins of your excellence. So if you want to level up your dental practice this year, understand the meaning of arete, know why you need to focus on the weeds before the seeds so that you can stop being overreliant on that willpower of yours, then stay tuned.

Tune in and find solutions to common practice issues at  Prescriptions for Your Practice.

Key Quotes:

  • “The problem is that dentists are overly reliant on willpower, and willpower is important. But the problem with willpower is that it’s finite.”
  • “Arete is an essence in everything you do and the striving toward your potential or purpose.” 
  • “Habits, or what we repeatedly do, is the engine of success or, if poorly executed, is the engine of failure and despair.”
  •  “If you want to go further, faster in 2022, you should start looking at your weeds.”
  • “Some of those habits are just your way of thinking, beliefs, stories that have been planted as seeds, but they’re really weeds.”
  • “You have to be able to control your mind because if you let your mind control you, usually good things don’t happen.”
  • “Make sure that you’re growing and evolving so that everything that you touch turns into gold.”

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