I have a confession. You may find this hard to believe, but I just turned 30! For me, this new milestone arrived with a great deal of introspection and self-reflection. When you stop to realize that you’ve gotten another decade under your belt, you almost can’t help but think about the never-ceasing passage of time. After all, life is short! To me, the worst fate on Earth would be to, many years in the future, look back on life and be asking “What If?” about your life. Being filled with regret about accomplishments NOT achieved and dreams NOT pursued, to me, would be horrendous.
What is the solution? First, look in the mirror. At this moment, what are you doing with your life? I performed this exercise nearly three years ago, when I was working a job I did not enjoy, in a place I didn’t feel connected to, and, frankly, performing a style of dentistry I didn’t love. Fortunately, I experienced an epiphany that day, one that started me on the path that led me to owning my own dental practice, where I control my destiny.
I recount this story of self-discovery to empower you! If you’re not happy with your daily routine, change it! If you don’t like your surroundings, then move! If you’re tired of having no energy, then find some! Action is the antidote to being in a rut!
And what is the best way to direct this action? Toward whatever you’re passionate about! For me, my passion has always been leading people, teaching people, and growing people. As a health care provider and a business owner, I get to do these things every single day! And notice my word choice: instead of saying “have to” or “must” when referring to my work, I chose to say that I “get to” perform those functions at my office! Your perspective regarding your job, your family, and your role in your community has to remain positive and optimistic, or else you’ll burn yourself out.
Being a dentist (and an entrepreneur), though at times tiring and very trying, gives me purpose. I wake up every day knowing that I have the opportunity to truly serve those who need me most. My passion happens to align with my daily routine. My hope is that if yours doesn’t, it will soon. It’s never too late to make adjustments and re-vamp your life. If you center your efforts around that which you’re truly passionate, you’ll have no option but to lead a fulfilling life – one that almost certainly won’t leave you saddled with regrets.