I love music, especially jazz. Listening to jazz has taught me a few lessons about getting the most out of work… and life.
Jazz Lesson #1 – Take Five, and Relax. Some jazz is totally relaxing. Dentists have stressful jobs and occasionally need renewal. To bring a measure of calm into a busy day, take 10 slow, deep cleansing breaths between patients. Or, during your drive home after work, shed the daily stress and unwind (maybe even listen to some mellow jazz on the sound system).
Jazz Lesson #2 – Amp Up Your Energy. There are times when you need a shot of endorphins to power you through a long afternoon. Just as hot jazz can get your blood pumping faster, you can learn to flip an internal switch to energize yourself and meet a challenge… like presenting a big case.
Jazz Lesson #3 – Get in the Groove. There are moments in jazz when the musicians and the listeners come together in pure enjoyment. Dentists face challenges almost every day. This patient loves the veneers, that patient doesn’t like the denture. Watch for and grab the great moments—small or large—in your life. Take the time to really enjoy the highs, and the lows will fade away.
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