Dentists sometimes come up to me and ask how to have more energy at work. How can they get through the day and not come home to simply eat and sleep, only to get up the next day and do the same thing. One of the reasons I believe people sometimes do not have energy because their vision is blocked and they cannot see how what they are doing serves them or others. If this happens to you, then mentally, emotionally and spiritually, it will be very draining. The side effect of this is that your finances will start to decrease also. Your vision will become blocked by not knowing what your values are or what is truly important to you in your life. You can get sidetracked with other people’s values or opinions about you. Having to justify yourself to others or seek approval from others in this regard is a dangerous way of living and robs you of your energy and life force. ‘I believe people sometimes do not have energy because their vision is blocked and they cannot see how what they are doing serves them or others’
If you carry other people’s opinions around with you, then this is a source of emotional baggage and will wear you down. This is because people come and go in your life, but only you know what it is like to be you. Other things which can reduce vitality are; ineffective leadership skills, doing low priority tasks, being ungrateful to life, eating too much, eating the wrong kinds of food and physical inactivity. When I ran my 24-hour emergency dental practice for over a decade, I was on call seeing patients at all times of the day or night seven days a week. It did not appear to me as hard work as I was doing what I loved. The practice was organised in such a way that the highest priority action was to get the patient out of pain in the most efficient and effective manner. These were the most difficult of dental pain cases. As well as the dental symptoms, patient’s were sometimes irate or anxious and may not have slept for several nights prior to attending. Have time for patients who are in this position. They need your skills and expertise as a clinician the most!