Preparing to Deliver!

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It’s what we do when we invest countless hours without any immediate return or reward.

When do you spend time preparing to deliver? For Bonnie and me, this has been a whirlwind week. With the announcement of the acquisition happening by year end, it seems as though we don’t have enough hours in a day or days in our week. Yet, our blended team understand that this is the time when we must “prepare to deliver.” No one ever said this would be easy, nor did we think it wouldn’t be time consuming. When your expectations are high, you place greater demands on the product or service you will deliver. When you’re married to the “client” as well, everything you’ll offer goes through a filter; “Would it be worth it, if WE were writing the check for the purchase?” Honestly, we want it to be such an easy choice that it becomes a no-brainer for the decision maker in the practice!

One thing is for sure, no matter what your role in dentistry is, you must put the time into preparation if you wish to be exceptional. These are the times when others go to the beach or make it to the party you’ll miss, while you make one more call, or listen to one more podcast because the future you choose depends on this discipline. This is certainly not for everyone. On Saturday night (just before date night began) as I returned one more call, at almost 7:00 pm, knowing that I would be flying on Sunday afternoon, which meant leaving home at 2:00 pm the next day, I was reminded of how blessed I am. First of all, to have a husband who also has a quest for excellence and understands that this is the time we must prepare to deliver. He also knows that we’ll continue our commitment to “get away, when we are away”. Second, to have a partner who has a passion for her work and a quest to deliver something unique with extreme value that is equal to mine. Oddly enough, for one of the first times in my career, I actually feel like the person I’m in a venture with will not only carry her own weight, but she can and will carry mine if needed. I’ll do the same for her.

According to Simon Sinek; “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called STRESS; working hard for something we love is called PASSION.” I have to agree with this and we all know someone who comes to mind when you hear this. Bonnie and I are privileged to be able to do what we love for a living. We don’t take for granted that we are blessed beyond belief to feel this way about work. We are preparing to deliver in a big way for our readers, listeners, and contributors. As you prepare for the New Year, look back on your choices in 2016 and “prepare to deliver” in 2017, it is our optimism that you will find your passion! We will do our part to introduce you and your team members to thought leaders in and out of dentistry. Hopefully some who will tweak your mind and take you to places you might not have gone had we not respectfully placed them in your IN box. We hope you read or hear something that sparks that passion within you from a coach, consultant, or ProDentist partner. Monthly live webinars will become part of a library to reference for those in your circle of influence. We are thrilled to be within easy reach for you – on your device of choice.

I have always put in the time and have been willing to work for whatever it was I was after. If all of this looks easy, it’s only because we love it, not because it is. The hard work pays off every time either of us reads a note or email about how someone was inspired or impacted by something we might have had a small part in. You are our greatest asset and reward for going the extra mile or missing the social event we might have made, had it not been for the deadline or promise made. Bonnie and I both have families, friends, and other people who are important parts of our lives. They often wait for our attention; not because we want them to, but because we have times where preparing to deliver is of utmost importance to you, the reader, subscriber, or contributor. Our promise is to make sure that we under-promise and over-deliver. That we listen to your needs and desires and that we respect your IN box!

See you on the road,