Dental CEO’s: Does this sound familiar to you?

by Dr. Ron Arndt

Okay? Okay.
Okay? Okay.

“How ya doin’?”
Okay.”
“How’s it going today?”
Okay.”
“How’s your practice?”
Okay.”
“How are you doing with those goals you set for this month?”
Okay.”

Does this sound familiar to you?

It sounds all too familiar to me. I’ve heard it from many of my clients at some point in our relationship, and as a coach, nothing gets my blood pressure soaring faster than the word “okay.” Give me “horrible,” give me “devastating,” give me, “this is the worst it’s ever been” – those are statements of pain, and passion, and a desire to DO BETTER.

But okay? Okay is a resignation, the death knell for any aspirations to change, or grow, or learn. Okay means, “I give up; I’ll live with this, because I don’t have the guts to do anything about it.” If you’re doing okay, you need to WAKE UP and get moving! If that means facing a bad situation (which it probably does), so what? What good can possibly come from ignoring a problem? How can you possibly benefit from pretending that you’re happy when you’re really not?

From time to time, I have fallen into this “Okay” trap and I’ve turned to my coach or my wife to shake me out of this ‘stinkin-thinkin’. It’s merely an attitude and we can shift our attitudes by shifting our thinking. I have had to learn that what I think about and talk about, comes about. For me, Okay just ain’t good enough! How about you?

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