Becoming the Best
January 13, 2013
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Becoming the Best...


            This is the time of year when many of us reflect upon what is to come and what has passed.  In early January of every year, I find some time to myself and I sit down and make a list of goals for the coming year.  Usually, I print them on a sheet of paper and tape them in a place where I am forced to read them every day. 


            I find that when I see the list of goals each morning, I tend to accomplish them.  When the list tears or fades or falls off the wall, less seems to get done.


            Human nature, I guess.


            If you really think about it, in some way, shape, or form, we really all make the same basic resolutions.  For some it might be to lose weight or learn Spanish or read more.  Others may resolve to be a better spouse or save more money or spend more time with family.  Most any resolution is a promise to be better than the year before.


            It is a well known fact that most dentists (and most all professionals for that matter), tend to be type A personalities.  For me, that translates to an overwhelming urge to be the best and do the best at all times.  Growing up, that meant an ultra-competitive streak that had both good and bad effects.  Today that same desire keeps me up at night reading journals and studies and dental websites to learn the “latest and greatest.”  Somewhere along the way, I’ve realized it’s a journey rather than a destination.


            Unfortunately, the reality is that there is no such thing as “the best.”  Yesterday’s heroes will all be supplanted by a future generation’s accomplishments.  This certainly does not take away from the past.  Life moves on and things change. 


            It is what it is.


            In time, I have learned that the best is not possible.  We all have different physical and mental abilities, strengths and weaknesses that are programmed into our genetic code.  No matter how hard I train, I’ll never be six foot five, two hundred fifty pounds and run like a deer.  We all have to play the hand we were dealt.


            Being the best is different for us all.  It is simply putting one step forward each day and becoming a little better than we were the day before.  It is not a destination, but a journey.  If, over a lifetime, we add a tiny bit to ourselves each day, we can someday look back and be proud. 


            We will have been what we all strive to become.


            “Life is not about the best.  It’s about being better than you were yesterday.”  -Unknown. 


            Not a bad New Year’s Resolution.


            Until next week, keep smiling.


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