I had the pleasure last night of hearing Glen Gerreyn speak.
And I have to tell you, if you’ve not heard him speak, or read his books, then you need to do yourself a favour and do so.
His presentation entitled “Start a Revolution” was both inspiring as well as thought provoking.
Here are a couple of my key takeaways from Glen’s talk tonight.
“It’s Not Lack of Motivation. It’s Lack of Vision”
This was an interesting perspective that I had not considered.
And he was so right. Motivation is not the key ingredient in moving forwards. Motivation is easy. But without vision, without an idea of where you want to go and what you want to achieve, then motivation without direction is misguided.
We need a direction.
We need a clear vision of where we are headed and what we want to achieve.
Motivation without that direction is wasted…
On the topic of organisation:
We need to make a decision about each and every task we are presented with..
We must either:
- Eliminate it
- Automate it, or
- Delegate the task at hand.
If we choose to proceed with the task then we need to:
- Concentrate. We need to get the task done.
Finally, my third takeaway was to commit.
Glen said, don’t get motivated, get committed.
My take on this was that motivation alone was not going to be sufficient to help us move forward with purpose. Only with commitment and making that commitment and sticking to that commitment would we be better guaranteed of worthwhile progress.
So how does this apply to you as a dentist?
Well that is simple.
You need a clear vision.
You need to become better organised with what you focus on and how you allocate your time.
And you need to make sure that you are committed to achieving what you need to achieve.
Being motivated is not enough.
So ask yourself this and answer yourself truthfully.
Are you truly committed to the results that you are capable of with your dental degree, and your dental skills?
And if you feel there is incongruence, then answer me this:
How big is your want, your why, about getting to that end result, that vision?
Because if your want is small, or absent, then you’re a wandering generality.
You need to become a meaningful specific.
Glen told us to become focused.
Because “flow follows focus”, he said.
We need to know where we are going firstly.
I am continuously reminded of the words of William Hutchison Murray:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”
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