Decide Commit Resolve

This year has been an amazing, wonderful year for me personally and professionally. If you’re not familiar with my story, the focus of my life for the past three years has been building my life coaching business and losing weight. My business is growing, and I've been shrinking. I have lost a total of 176 pounds, and the question I get most is, “How did you lose all that weight?” Here’s the secret answer: I did it by making decisions ahead of time, constraint, commitment, and resolve. As this year ends and you consider the next, you may be looking to make big changes in your life. Let me give you a few pointers. I have learned two important lessons this year. First, I learned constraint. I learned how to limit the number of decisions I was making. Second, I learned to make decisions ahead of time and honor those decisions later. These two skills have changed my life in ways I could not have imagined even a year ago.

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Resolve: A lesson in following your passion

Finding a professional who is passionate about the field of dentistry may not be your primary concern when looking for a dentist, but if it is, be sure to look up Kelly Allen in a few years. Allen is a senior at UAA with a pre-dental focus, but she was once an engineering major - despite having a long-time interest in dentistry. She grew up in Valdez, where there was no permanent dentist. A traveling dentist would visit, but her family chose to go to Dr. Lerner in Anchorage. Allen always looked forward to her dental visits and expressed interested in the profession. When Dr. Lerner heard this, he took her under his wing. He would explain procedures and tools and allowed her to shadow in the office during high school.

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