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What are you waiting for? An invitation?

How one man's lecture motivated me to beat depression and anxiety and achieve my goals

What are you waiting for? Next year? An invitation? Someone to discover your talents? A colleague to recommend you for something? An award from a distinguished organization? In the words of Mel Robbins, "There is no right time. There is right now." Start achieving your goals now. About a year ago I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I was in a rut and going no where in my life at home and in my profession. It wasn't until I attended a virtual talk by Ben Nemtin that I realized I wasn't living for myself, and by doing so I wasn't able to help as many other people. I sought medical attention and started seeing a therapist and recommitted to myself. This past year I knocked five or six things off my bucket list. Some of my highlights were becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, working out with Basement Beast for a year (I lost 30 pounds and got off my blood pressure medication), find a church, and give away $30,000 of dentistry. Next year you can set forth and achieve your goals. Don't wait until tomorrow, next month, or next year. Start on your journey today. You can start right now. Listen to the same talk I did last year now. I've also included resources below that have helped me on my journey. Best, Jarod

Useful Resources

These are the resources that have helped me. I would recommend consuming them in the order they are listed to better understand the goal setting process. Feel free to consume them in whichever medium you prefer. Personally I enjoy listening to audiobooks.

The Bucket List Journal - Ben Nemtin

This journal is a great way to organize your thoughts and setup to achieve your goals. Ben breaks down the goal making process in a way that can help make you more successful at achieving your dreams.


Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals - Michael Hyatt

This book takes explaining the process that is outlined in the Bucket List Journal an breaks down the science of achieving goals and provides useful tools to break down big tasks into smaller ones so you can make progress each day in your journey.

The 5 Second Rule - Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins was at a horrible place in her life. Her marriage was failing, she was bankrupt, couldn't afford groceries, and couldn't get out of bed in the morning. One night going to bed she saw a rocket taking off and it changed her life.

Using The 5 Second Rule after understanding how to break down your goals into small steps can be life changing

The Power of Regret - Daniel Pink

You undoubtedly will have setbacks on your journey. Maybe you even regret some of the decisions you have made in the past. This book will help you understand how to deal with failures and regret and move forward to crush your dreams.

Fear is My Homeboy - Judi Holler

I was at the hotel bar at the AAPD an I saw a woman who looked like the Master of Ceremonies. I don't know why (because I am not an outwardly social person) but I asked her if she was. We had a brief conversation and I listened to her book on tape on the flight home.

This book helped me realize I am a lot harder on myself than others are on me. Mel also covers this in her book and reiterates that doing something is a heck of a lot better than letting fear beat you and doing nothing.

Keynote Speaker - Josh Sundquist

1MT1MT. If you can catch Josh virtually or in person his message is powerful. He had the goal of making the Olympic team as a downhill skier. He spent most of his first runs on the ground. His motto of One More Thing One More Time helped him make the commitment and allowed him to represent the United States of America in the Para Olympics.

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