Motivation is Contagious

Since you are a leader, you often faced with how to motivate your team.  But how do you motivate yourself?


The philosopher William James once said, “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.” Therefore, one of the best ways to motivate yourself is to engage in activities that are aligned with matters most to you.

And these goals go beyond your dental practice.  If it is important to you to take care of your health, volunteer in your community, or coach your child’s basketball team, get involved.  You know from experience these activities nourish all parts of your life.


The ancient Greek poet Sophocles once said, “Always desire to learn something useful.”  When you talk with motivated people, they are always in the pursuit of learning something useful, whether it’s how to be a better gardener or how to speak a new language.  What would you like to learn?  What excites you?  The answer is your roadmap for what to learn next.

Finally, American businessman Victor Kiam once said, “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”  We all know that inaction is a big de-motivator, and when you think about it, inaction is the only real failure.  What is currently holding you back from setting yourself in motion?  We all know how invigorating it feels to pursue something that matters to us, no matter how challenging.


It’s hard to motivate others when we are not motivated.  Consider what you want from all aspects of your life, and then set yourself in motion.  Your own motivation will prove contagious to others.

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