Welcome to 2014, from The Center of Dental Professionals. We hope that 2013 was a good year for you, and that this one will be even better. Most importantly, we hope that 2014 will be a year of transformation for all of our patients, associates, friends, and family. The transformation we speak of is not what you might call “change.” There is a powerful distinction between change and transformation, and we’d like to share what we believe are the keys to truly transforming yourself, so that this year you can really be a brand new you.
For many of us, the start of a New Year is a time to reflect on the previous year and reconcile ourselves with whatever did or did not happen. We determine where we failed, where we succeeded, and what we’d like to do differently for the next 365 days of our lives. We hope to tie off any loose ends and rid ourselves of unwanted problems, including bad habits, unresolved conflicts, or any lingering issues that we just don’t want to carry into the New Year. To this end, we often find renewed determination to change our ways, and we promise ourselves that we really are going to change.
Many of us whole-heartedly believe the declarations we make for the New Year, but depending on our own experience, it can be difficult to keep our own doubts at bay. Unfortunately, that little voice in our head that nags at us with predictions of failure probably has some precedent to go on. According to a study published by the University of Scranton in December of 2012, less than 10% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them (http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/).
If you are one of those people who achieve your New Year’s resolution each year, then we applaud you. The same study states that “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.” So there is obviously great power in making declarations and sticking to them. Then why, you might ask, do so many of us fail?
Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, we like to be more concerned with being than simply doing. For example, our clinic might go the extra mile to provide exceptional care (doing), but it takes a lot more to truly be an exceptional provider. Being exceptional requires that everything we do is done exceptionally, not just one thing, and not just on our best days, either. Being exceptional requires that we act accordingly, because that is who we are, even behind the scenes.
Imagine if everyone took this approach to life, or at least to their New Year’s resolutions. What would happen if a person declared they were going to be healthy, instead of just lose fifty pounds, or be loving and loveable, instead of just fall in love? That healthy person would probably lose that fifty pounds, but they would also seek health in other ways, such as relationships, mental and emotional well-being, etc. What about the person who became loving and loveable? They would have a much higher chance of falling in love than someone who simply made a New Year’s resolution to do so.
When people make goals, they often think in terms of doing. This year, The Center of Dental Professionals invites you to make a different kind of goal – one that requires more than just change, but transformation. Make a goal to be something, right from the start. (Notice that “be” is different from “become.”)
We invite you to make a declaration of significance in your life. Avoid thinking in terms of “change” or “doing.” You can be who you want to be this instant, regardless of who you have been up until now. If you fully embrace this concept, and make a declaration of whom you will be from this point forward, we know that you can and will transform. In this New Year of 2014, you could be a brand new you.
If you decide to be a person with good oral health, or someone who is proud of their smile, then you can be that person right now and act accordingly. Don’t hesitate to call and make The Center of Dental Professionals part of your transformation.
Lastly, as you consider what to be for the New Year, we wish you the very best for 2014. We promise that we will continue to be an exceptional provider for all of your and your dental needs, and that will show in everything that we do.
The Center of Dental Professionals