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SEIZE THE DAY!
We Have a Limited Time to Create Our Future
Do you ever think about how slow time seemed to move when you were a kid? Back then, a single day of school felt like it went on for an eternity, and a year lasted a lifetime. As I’m getting older, years fly by in a matter of weeks, and decades feel like they pass in no time at all. Wasn’t I counting down on New Year’s Eve 2009 just last month? How are we about to be in the 2020s? There are the rare few who somehow achieve all their goals right out the gate, but if you’re like me, you probably tend to put things off for a while. We can get started tomorrow, right? Once, I felt like I had forever; now I know there are only so many tomorrows. You don’t want to wait for the “perfect time” because we have just a limited amount of time in this life. If you want to get something done, don’t wait until you have no time left to finally get started. This is something I’ve kept in mind as I write down my New Year’s resolutions for the new decade. I’m no longer a solo practice. Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook has associate dentists, and that’s a system I want to fine-tune. My goal is to see the practice thrive long past me. I’d estimate that I have around two decades left before I’ll be ready to retire sometime in 2040. Those 20 years will go by at light speed, and I don’t want to wait until it’s too late and start scrambling. The ideal goal is to have In the new year, we make New Year’s resolutions, our to-do list of personal goals.
everything in place for a smooth transition so when I walk out for the last time, my patients know they’ll be well taken care of. Achieving your goals, big or small, is all in the preparation. Abraham Lincoln is thought to have said, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six of them sharpening my ax.” While we only have so much time to achieve our goals, we shouldn’t throw ourselves into a project just because we’re worried about running out of time. Success comes with working smarter, not harder. If you have big goals for the next decade, make a point to really plan how to best achieve them. Spend some time sharpening your ax, but don’t forget to actually get to work. For my short-term goals, I look to my home. For the next year and a half, I want to enjoy the time when everyone is still at home together. My oldest daughter will be graduating high school and going off to college soon, and her sisters aren’t far Once, I felt like I had forever; now I know there are only so many tomorrows.
behind. I want to enjoy this time I have with my wife and kids when we’re all together for dinners and weekends, because they’re limited. Even going on family vacations will be harder when the girls are out of the house with careers of their own to plan around. When I think about how fast time moves, nothing goes by quite as fast as the time I have with my kids. As we approach a new year and a new decade, I encourage you to be practical about your time. Remember that we have a limited number of tomorrows, so plan accordingly and make the most of today. –-Jason A. Schermer
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