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Dropping the Right Ball: Evaluating Goals and Life Priorities


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Hello Veterinary People!


Happy middle of June - we are half done with 2024. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? The time warp continues...


June is a good time for a mid year review - not only for your veterinary practice, but also for the greatest project you will ever work on - you! In fact, self-reflection is a fundamental skillset of successful people.


So, clear a little time in your calendar to spend some time with yourself this month - take yourself out on a coffee date or whatever you can use to make some space to evaluate:


  • How are your 2024 goals progressing? Do these goals need tweaking?

  • Are your daily decisions, behavior, and actions supporting your progress in these goals, or not?

  • If not, what is getting in the way?

  • Are your actions and behaviors in alignment with your values? Do you need to change your values, or your actions?

  • What course corrections can you make to facilitate your success? What does it look like to implement these changes?


In addition to evaluating how you are doing on your goals, June is a wonderful time to evaluate your priorities and your work-life balance (or as my friend Dr. Hahn from Merck likes to say 'work-life rhythm').


To inspire you, I will borrow from a famous speech made by Bryan Dyson. Dyson is the former CEO of Coca Cola. In the 90s, he gave a speech about 5 balls, and it goes something like this:


Imagine that life is a game of 5 balls that you must keep up in the air.


The 5 balls are:


  • work

  • family

  • friends

  • health

  • spirit


One of these balls is rubber, and the rest are made of glass.


life priorities

Before long, you will realize that work is the rubber ball.


Whenever you drop it, it bounces, returns to its form, and you find new work.


Whenever the other balls fall, they don't return to their previous form.


They are irrevocably damaged, broken, bruised, or shattered.


Many of us learn this the hard way.


This is the most important thing to understand about life.


So manage your work effectively during work hours.


Then give the necessary time to family and friends.


Take adequate rest and care of your health.


Don't settle for a job that acts like it is the glass ball in your life,


Because it never is.


Consider this a friendly, loving reminder from me,


Sarah J. Wooten, DVM, CVJ

and the crew at Vets Against Insanity 😆

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