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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stretching, What can you accomplish?

It is easy to look at your ability as a dentist and believe you have learned it all or seen it all. You may go to a conference and think, "I can't learn anything more." However, stretching is an important part of the growth mindset. Subsequently the book devotes an entire chapter to discussing the one place where people seem to stretch themselves the most, "sports." How many line backers or quarter backs have accomplished the unreachable. Or how many swimmers have pushed themselves beyond where they thought they would ever go?

This mindset isn't something only for our athletes it's for dentists, your co-workers and your family as well. The book, "Mindset, The New Psychology of Success," talks about Mia Hamm, ""All my life, I've been playing up, meaning I've challenged myself with players older, bigger, more skillful, more experienced-in short, better than me.""

This is an amazing story. A young girl who early on saw if she wanted to be great in her field she would need to constantly challenge herself. You will also need to find people in your field that are better than you, have a greater technique and are willing to share this information with you. The people you chose to have around you, not only should they want to help you grow but you should also help them.

At some point you have to stop though, analyze where you are at in your life and ask if you are stretching yourself. If you are, great job. And if you aren't it's time to figure out why and how you can change it?

 Stop! Are you where you want to be in your life? 

We don't have to make big drastic changes to stretch ourselves, we can eat fruit for breakfast everyday. You can subscribe to a new organization and read an article every morning or we can ask the people around us. However, you chose to do it. Make sure it is something that works for you, otherwise it is easy to let it go to the waste side and not go beyond what you thought you were capable of.

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