Director's Message: 3 keys to empowering yourself and summer gifts!

July 9, 2013
In her Director's Message, Kristine Hodsdon, RDH, talks about the “3 Keys to Empowering Yourself” in life, and how these keys will affect your career and your business.

3 Keys to Empowering Yourself - and summer gifts!

In this message, I will talk about the “3 Keys to Empowering Yourself” in life, and how these keys will affect your career and your business. You need to have these keys at the forefront of your mind whether you are providing clinical care one-on-one, have a consulting business, in sales, and or lecturing from the podium. Then towards the end of the article, I’m excited to share a few empowerment gifts for you that will be made available throughout the summer.

The first key you want to keep in the forefront of your mind is stop holding yourself back. I'm not asking that you take massive jumps or establish audacious goals. I invite you to think about an area in your life or career that you may be shutting yourself off. Be gentle with yourself, yet consider that empowering yourself is the least selfish thought that you can have.


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You know what's selfish? Holding yourself back. If you are thinking about what other people might think of you, or you are wondering what they may say or whatever's going on in your mind now, that is selfish, because the best thing that you can do for yourself and others is to step up and use the gifts you were given. Be who you are supposed to be.

The second key is to stop holding others back. Holding others back comes from a place of competition and lack vs. abundance and love. The below gifts could not be possible if luminaries held a belief that they wanted to protect themselves from their contemporaries that they did not want to share. If they did not believe in collaboration, I would not be writing this message. Now this is a weighty topic and a gigantic theme, yet my intention for today is to put it out there in your universe, to bring it into consciousness and awareness.

And lastly, the third key is being a collaborative leader in a community.Being a leader means having the confidence to use your skills and talents to be of service, but also to take action and to change what needs to be changed for the better. Leaders see opportunities; they take chances. Now they also may see excuses, and they may see some obstacles that they have to move around, but they still take action.

So as we come to the close of this Director’s Message, let me tell you a little bit about the gifts.


Almost a year ago, it was my honor to provide a virtual training series, a telesummit, called Dental Influencers Empowerment Teleseries 2012. It was such an exciting ride. To recap, we had over 1,000 professionals listen to 10 empowering luminary interviews.

The luminaries who I invited and graciously accepted were Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha, Christine Hoviaras, Michael McCarthy, Rachel Wall, Trisha O’Hehir, Wendy Bebey, Liz Graham, Nufar Kiryati, Sharon Zastrow, and Debbie Seidel-Bittke.

These people are people who are leading the moment and actively on the court, empowering our professions and professionals. Theyrevealed how they:

  • Defined leadership empowerment
  • Faced being burned out and overwhelmed
  • Struggled with fear and self-doubt
  • Balanced careers and sustained fulfilling relationships with partners, family, and friends
  • And much more

Through a series of events over the summer, I would like make accessible a few of the audio recordings and the accompanying executive summary transcripts. I hope you share in my belief that, because you will listen to these calls and read the executive summaries, huge shifts and changes will open up in your life.

In the first one below, I interviewed Sharon Zastrow, a practicing clinical hygienist, author, presenter, meeting planner, and industry consultant. Sharon is serving as the District XI Trustee, representing the states of Arizona and California on the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Board of Trustees. She owns Southwest Dental Hygienists, which provides temporary dental hygiene services and oral health consulting services nationally. Sharon is committed to professional growth and development, having served a number of not-for profit associations in volunteer and leaderships roles. Currently she is the Administrative Director and meeting planner for the Arizona State Dental Hygienists’ Association and Director of the Center for Continuing Dental Education, Phoenix College dental programs. Formerly, Sharon was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Practical Hygiene and served over eight years on the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. She can be reached at [email protected].

Click here to download the call.

Click here to access the Executive Summary

I look forward to keeping in touch and supporting you as you grow in your journey. Please email me or post on Facebook your thoughts about the interviews.

Yours in sunny contribution,
Kristine Hodsdon RDH, MSEC
Director, RDH eVillage