I was watching a Tony Robbins video on YouTube recently, and something he said really resonated with me. He was asking the people in his audience why they were there – to improve their businesses, or even to start a business. To change a relationship they were in, or to find happiness. Whatever the reason, everyone was there to improve something in his or her life.
But Tony pointed out a key factor that’s absolutely critical: without action, there can be no progress.
You can have the best of intentions, a long list of goals, or even an amazing plan for your business, but without taking action, nothing is ever going to happen.
I know this in my own life, and of course, in my myofunctional therapy practice. When I was working as a hygienist, and looking for a change in my career, I came up with a few alternatives. I was thinking about going back to college and studying to be a dentist. I also had the idea of doing an MBA or some other business degree and moving completely out of hygiene. But with a pile of student loan debt, I was unsure about what to do, and for a while there, I was actually too afraid to do anything.
But I was lucky enough to hear about myofunctional therapy, and the training available at the time seemed like a far easier option than years of going back to school. So I resolved to take action, and I did. I attended the training course, but then I defaulted to staying in hygiene while I tentatively explored being a therapist. I didn’t make too much progress until I finally decided to take action again, which is when I quit dental hygiene to practice myofunctional therapy full-time.
That wasn’t easy, and I certainly don’t recommend it for everyone. In fact, in those early days, I thought I’d made a terrible mistake. In time however, those two action steps proved to have been the very best things I could have done. I’m so happy with my practice now but without them, I’m not sure where I’d be or what I’d be doing.
That’s been the case over and over. I’d wanted to start teaching other dental hygienists how to break free and improve their careers too, but for the longest time, I was stuck in a trap that we all fall into – trying to get everything “perfect” before I got started. But chasing perfection does nothing but hold us back.
Then, one day in 2014 I took action again, and the results have been fantastic. I’ve just finished my fifth mentoring program, with the next one due to start early in January next year. I’ve been so fortunate to meet wonderful hygienists from all over the world, and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I have to say I love mentoring hygienists. It’s fulfilling and fun, and I learn so much from each program and every student.
So, if there’s a message in this article, and a moral to the story – it’s just this: You have to take action if you want to move forward. Some action is better than none, and the bigger the change you want to bring into your life, the more urgent that action has to be.
But it doesn’t have to be a huge, dramatic decision. For me, just taking that original myofunctional therapy course changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. Looking back, I can’t believe how far I’ve come since then.
I’d urge you to take one action today that’ll get you started to improving your life in some way. It doesn’t have to be anything to do with your career, it could be health-related, or revolve around your relationship or family, but whatever you do, do something. Your life will change if you do, I can promise you that.