This Will Take You Thirty Days!

Do you know about the experiment that NASA conducted many years ago? Eyeglasses were constructed with a special convex lens that when worn, would appear to turn everything upside down. As a test, astronauts in training were made to wear these glasses 24 hours a day (yes, even while sleeping). Scientists paid very careful attention to what happened to their subjects wearing the glasses. It was noted among other things that stress levels were elevated and so was blood pressure, as the glasses obviously made it very difficult to function.

But then a strange thing happened. 26 days into the test, one of the subjects suddenly began to see everything right side up again. That’s correct, his brain adapted to the weird glasses and everything became ok. His vital signs quickly improved as well. And by day 30, every single one of the test subjects had adapted. It’s as if their brains were “rewired!”

Something else very interesting was noted. If any of the subjects removed the glasses for even a short period of time, the neural adaptation would not occur. In other words, it took 30 days of consistent reconditioning to see change. There were no shortcuts and stopping for a little biit set the clock back to zero.

What does this mean for your dental practice and your life?

Change doesn’t happen overnight but it will happen if you ask for it. When you come up with a new way you would like to do something, immerse yourself in it and don’t give up after a short time like so many dentists do.

Here’s something to try. Come up with a fantastic answer to one of the most common questions you are asked in your office. It may be something like “Why don’t you accept my insurance.” The way you answer this question could easily mean the difference between a patient staying in your practice or going down the street. So you want to make sure you do it right.

Once you have formulated the answer, practice the response EVERY SINGLE DAY as a team at the morning huddle. Ask the team to practice on their own on the weekends as well. After thirty days the response should be “hard-wired” into everyone’s brains! That means you will all be able to say it perfectly without even thinking. Then it’s time to come up with the next common question and so on.

Please remember, it takes no less than 30 days to form a new habit or a new way to do something. With this new way of thinking you are on to a much better dental practice. Try it, you’ll like it!

We Hope You Don’t Have This…

Eric Clapton had the “Bell Bottom Blues.”

Bob Dylan had the “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

The Rolling Stones had the “Stray Cat Blues.”

Jim Croce had the “Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues.”

And too many dental people have the “Sunday Night Blues.”

How did you feel yesterday? Bummed out? Did you have a negative feeling about coming to the office today?

Is you attitude ever “Two more hours to go” or “Thank God it’s Friday?”

If so, you may have the Sunday Night Blues. Can it be cured?

First of all, it certainly can’t hurt to wring all the fun possible out of your weekends. Do your favorite things – whether they be outdoor activities, immersing yourself in music or art, visiting neighbors, cooking, attending a sporting event – it doesn’t matter. The main thing is to make sure you don’t mope around the house feeling sorry for yourself.

But the main cure for the SNB is to realize that you spend a heck of a lot of time at work, and it should be fun!

There is no denying that dentistry is a very stressful profession for both doctor and team. But the more successful your practice, the more you truly love and help your patients, and the more you work on making sure that your practice runs well, the happier you will be. Life’s too short to have the Sunday Night Blues! If you are a sufferer, you owe it to yourself to figure out why and most importantly – do something about it!!

Watch for an upcoming blog post that will truly help the entire team beat the Sunday Night Blues!!!