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I was at a conference a few weeks ago, and one of the speakers asked a question that has been resonating with me ever since, “What story do you want to tell?”
Looking at your life 40 years from now, what kind of story do you want to be told about you? What story do you want your spouse, your kids, your friends, your employees, and your clients to tell about you?
Are you distracted by your smart phone when your kids or your spouse are talking to you? If you are, then the story you are telling them is that whatever is on your phone is more important than they are. Are you working way too much even though you tell them over and over that they are more important than your work? Do your actions really show it?
What story do you want your friends to tell? Would it be that you slowly drifted apart and were often distracted when spending time with them, or would it be that you could always be counted on when support or help was needed?
What story do you want your employees to tell? Would it be that you started out pretty nice, but over the years you became more focused on just the bottom line and you were oblivious to their concerns and struggles, or would it be that you treated them like you would want to be treated, that you encouraged them, and that you empowered them?
What about your clients? Would they say you treated them like a number and that your relationship seemed much more about the transaction than the building of the relationship, or would it be that they were so lucky to have a veterinarian like you-one that cared about their pet just like it was your own?
What habits are you practicing today that will help you craft the story you want to tell?