Visiting my Dentist

How do you like your visits at your dentist? I like my dentist as a person and professional very much and had some minor gum line fillings on my schedule when I went to his office last Wednesday. He assured me that it would not hurt and there would be no need for anesthesia, it would be more like sanding a dry wall, patching it up and polishing it afterward.
That was OK until the noise of the drill hit my ear: ALL my painful dentist experiences as a child flooded my brain and I tensed up from head to toe. “Are you ok?” he asked and then I realized: NOTHING of my physical panic reaction was real in this moment.
(This is how it felt to me at first!)
I took a deep breath and said to myself “NO, I enjoy this experience all the way”.
I started to notice the flow and precise interactions between him and his assistant, his dedication to this minor repair and felt thankful that I have been enjoying excellent healthy teeth for several decades. Afterwards I asked him: “I feel that the business and service part of your practice are really excellent; how is the human side of it”? He stopped in his tracks and said: “Funny you say that – we will have a team meeting tomorrow about this very issue, maybe you can help us.”
Do you see how fear without any reason can block the brain and limit creativity, how we can simply forget our brilliance with made-up stuff? How does this apply to your life experience?
Action:
Have a closer look at your favorite fears this week. Explore them in detail and find out what’s real and what’s a ghost from the past. You will boost your natural genius!

Have a genius week!

Otto Siegel

2 thoughts on “Visiting my Dentist

  1. Dylan

    Sounds like you have a better dentist than I do. When I turn up I’m left waiting, either in the waiting room, on the chair, or ‘waiting for the numbing to work’ – if you don’t particularly like dentist visits anyway waiting around is the worse thing possible, much better to be in and out with minimum waiting. Perhaps my dentist needs to think of the human side too.

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  2. john popham

    how very true, especially when dealing with a dentist. Plus you take everyone else’s bad experiences with you too.

    I have personally suffered from analysis paralysis many times in my life. I have analyzed situations playing the “what if” game for so long, I have missed out on many things.

    The one instance that comes to mind when I was around 10. I had the opportunity to take a test that if I had done well enough, I would have studied for 3 weeks in the summertime at Duke University.

    But what “genius” wants to study for a test. And lose out on part of your Summer. At 10, I had no idea what that experience could have led to later. Now, at age 40, I still am angry at myself that I “took the easy way out.”

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