Eric Vickery discusses motivation, urging habit formation for lasting change – Actions reflect true motivations and growth needs discipline.
About Eric Vickery
Eric holds a degree in business administration and brings a strong business and systems approach to his consulting. His initiation into the field of dentistry was in the area of office management. He managed dental practices for over ten years and has been consulting over 250 offices nationwide since 2001.
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Hi friends, welcome to your weekly motivational moments with Eric Vickery, president of coaching at All-Star Dental Academy. Today I wanna talk to you about motivation. These are motivational moments videos. My question for you is, how long does motivation actually last? Studies are gonna show about seven days. And that might be the most that it lasts, might be the average, depends on the person. So think about January 1st, you’re making New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym. So January 1st, you go.
What they’re saying is by January 8th, you’re not going to the gym anymore. I think the people who actually go to gyms who have the habit down who are consistently do it, they don’t even go from January 1st to January 8th because they don’t wanna make new friends who aren’t gonna be there later. So understand this, motivation isn’t possible forever. Okay, that’s why we have these videos every single week. But motivation does create ideas, ideas that can create new.
habits that we’ve been talking about, those habits lead to new disciplines. If you can maintain your intentionality, your determination factor, your discipline, then you got a shot at making sure you implement a new habit that 21 to 62 days becomes really, really important. So again, back to James Clear’s book on atomic habits, two quotes I want to read to you. Okay. Number one, the ultimate form of intrinsic motivation.
what we’re talking about. The ultimate form of intrinsic motivation is when a habit becomes part of your identity. It’s now intertwined with you, okay? It’s one thing to say, I’m the type of person who wants this. It’s something very different to say, I’m the type of person who is this. It takes that time of implementation to do it. So for example, I was giving you, you know, being early, not just on time, or organization.
or running a schedule. Everything I have is pre-planned and scheduled. Creating a new discipline. Why would I do that? Because I’m not organically wired in my DNA to be organized and run on time. So I have to make sure that I set up habits in my life to get me there. Second quote, I’m just gonna read you the end of it. Your actions reveal your true motivations. Okay, so the things inside that motivate you, your actions reveal that.
So if you think back to the results formula, your beliefs create your actions. What he’s saying is your actions are showing those beliefs you have about what you are motivated by. Maybe being on time doesn’t matter to you, just not your thing. Well, that can create a problem when we look at the growth structure, either growing or declining, your 1% growth. So whatever you’re telling yourself, those are motivations, those are beliefs that you have. I’m here to challenge those.
and I’m here to help you improve and grow. So think about it this way. We do annual events, we do events all over the country. Every year we do our annual growth summit. Think about that term, growth summit. Every year, us, we grow when we’re there. You’re growing when you’re there. We’re sharpening each other, right? Iron sharpens iron. These are the things we need to do. So this week with your team, I want you to talk about where are you growing, where are you failing in your new attempts to grow, and how good are you at sticking to those habits? What’s your biggest struggle?
What sort of new habit do you want to create around it? Maybe it’s communicating with patients. Maybe it’s not being shy. Maybe it’s running on time. Maybe it’s being organized. Whatever that is, I need you to talk to your team about it right now and say, I need you to hold me accountable to creating this new habit over a long term to create a discipline because I’m changing who I am through growth. Make it a great week, guys. Take care. We hope you enjoyed this episode of Dental All-Stars. Visit us online.