I've always contended that most people know deep down what they need to do to make their lives better. After all, knowing is the easy part. Implementation is the challenge. And we have a lot of handy phrases to justify our lack of execution:

“I can't afford it right now.”

“I just don't have the time.”

“It's just not for me.”

It doesn't matter if we're talking about fitness, or finances, or getting the education that helps us break out of cycles of scarcity, it's just too easy to avoid the things that will bring us abundance.

So what's the answer? Well, as we head into the season of New Year's resolutions, I'll just remind you that most resolutions fail because they don't have “teeth.” Unless there is a real plan, with real timelines, and real accountability, that addresses the essential questions we all must ask ourselves – Who do I want to be? How do I become that person? What do I need to learn to get there? – then resolutions are just wishes, and dreams are just fantasies. That's why I talk so much about the importance of having dedicated “away” time, outside the practice, where you can work on a comprehensive game plan for development that keeps you honest and keeps you committed to doing what you know is right.

I see this with striking clarity when I look at our Faculty Club members who volunteer as mentors at Spear Education. These dentists have committed to coming to Scottsdale for 3 days, 3 to 5 times a year, to learn, to think, to grow. I'm always inspired by the energy I see in this group and the success they're achieving, individually and collectively. When I look at them, I know I am seeing the future of dentistry. And the thing is, they didn't necessarily start their journey with a lot of economic resources. They don't just try to “find time” to do this – they make the time. And they are being rewarded with an exciting and fulfilling life at the forefront of their profession.

Anyone can do this. If it's been more than a couple months since you've been out of the office and in an environment that stimulates you to greater levels, I strongly urge you to commit to a plan now. It doesn't have to be with Spear Education (although of course we'd love to see you here in Scottsdale) but it has to be with a community where you are surrounded by people who see your higher value, where you can grow and learn in a progressive way. You don't want to cherry-pick courses in piecemeal fashion. You want to find your home away from home, a sanctuary where you go to get the support and guidance you need to take you to each new level.