Success, Braving The Wilderness And Chocolate

Does Matt Wilpers have the secret to success?

I’ve had a Peloton bike since 2017. My husband gave it to me for Christmas that year, and no, I wasn’t offended like the infamous 2019 commercial. I was ecstatic. I learn something with every class, whether it is a 10-minute full-body stretch, a 20 min Focus Flow Yoga or a 90-minute Power Zone Endurance ride. The wisdom that comes from every instructor is impactful.

“The struggle is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
“Can I hurt to say ‘What If?”
“Every time you show up, showing up the next time gets just a little bit easier.”
“Posture takes practice – Laugh at your mistakes and come back tomorrow.”
“Do not expect front-row greatness if you’re giving nosebleed efforts.”
“Keep planting seeds, even when you see nothing is growing, and watering the beginnings.”

Every single time.

Matt Wilper’s classes are some of my favorites. After all, he’s an endurance cyclist and a runner. Right in my wheelhouse. And he is constantly reminding us that the way to improvement is a simple three-word formula:
Frequency, Duration, Intensity.

Come on, Kristie, I’m not a cyclist. I can’t believe I’m still reading this email. What do those three words have to do with my success in dentistry? As it turns out, Matt’s three words apply to cycling, dental practice marketing efforts, and just about anything you’re trying to accomplish.

  1. Frequency – How often are you working on it?
  2. Duration – How long are you working on it each time?
  3. Intensity – How focused are you during each period of work?

Quite a few people put these in the wrong order when they want to accomplish something. They are REALLY focused, but only for short and sporadic periods. Others put in a TON OF TIME, but that time is filled with distractions, and they need to be more consistent.

The secret to success starts with a frequency that you (and your team) can consistently commit to – not just one member of the group, not a frequency that your colleague can commit to, or an influencer you’ve watched online. This is all about  #MeVsMe. Once you’ve developed the habit of doing something regularly, you can extend the time you invest into it and increase the focus and intensity of the time spent. We’ll spend more on that next week…

“In any team sport, the best teams
have consistency and chemistry.”
– Roger Staubach

The Best 60 Seconds of Advice I Heard This Week

For those of us who struggle to have the courage to stand alone, especially when we know that we are risking that sense of being a part of something because we disagree, because we have a different opinion, because we love something different, that is the mark of true belonging. To be able to say yes, I am a part of something bigger, but I also will stand alone when I need to. You belong everywhere and nowhere – and that is liberation. There will be times when standing alone feels too hard and scary, and we’ll doubt our ability to make it through the uncertainty. Someone somewhere will say, ‘Don’t do it. You don’t have what it takes to survive the wilderness.’ This is where you reach deep into your wild heart and say I AM THE WILDERNESS.”

– Brené Brown, Braving The Wilderness

Do you take the ability to run for granted?

Every year CAF hosts running and mobility clinics around the country to teach those with a lower-limb difference how to RUN and move. Check out the great work they are doing!

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Not all cupcakes are created equal. Joanne Chang’s “Chocolate Cupcakes with Crispy Magic Frosting” are ones you can always use to impress! I made these for team training, but they are awesome for a birthday party or breakfast 😉
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