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Want List – Don’t Want List

June 18, 2020

It has become very clear to me a percentage of people focus on what they don’t want without consideration of what they do want. What is your experience?

Over the past few weeks, veterinary team members have been reaching out, again, to connect and rebuild. AWESOME! It feels refreshing to engage and create. I have certainly missed the opportunity to support and be with veterinary teams over the last few months.

The conversation that is forefront in my coaching conversations these days is about transforming careers, but the underlying focus is defining what the individual WANTS to manifest. The conversations go something like this:

  • RR, “I am happy you have chosen to take the reins in designing your career. What is it you want in your career and life?”
  • Vet Team member, “I’m not sure.”
  • RR, “Can you describe to me what you don’t want?”
  • Vet Team member, “YES! I don’t want to low-balled, disrespected, ignored, underappreciated, understaffed,…..”
  • RR, “Good to know. What kind of team do you want to work with?”
  • Vet Team member, “I’m not sure.”
  • RR, “Can you describe to me what kind of team you don’t want?”
  • Vet Team member, “YES! I don’t want to work with people who gossip, deliver poor-quality medicine, aren’t accountable, are rude…..”
  • RR, “How much money do you need to make, annually?”
  • Vet Team member, “I’m not sure.”
  • RR, “Can you describe to me the amount of money you know you don’t want?
  • Vet Team member, “YES! I don’t want what I am currently making….”

See a trend? In my experience, the Don’t Want List is long, descriptive and felt with great conviction. The Do Want List is undefined, nondescriptive and lacking conviction. Which list can you create without overthinking it?

My point is this, you get what you focus on! Clarity in your life and career is needed in order for you to bring it to fruition.

The first step in transforming your life is clearly determining what you value and want. That can be difficult at times.

You are encouraged to download and fill out the linked worksheet to get you started in the right direction.

Values and Clarity Worksheet

You may benefit from reading Defining Personal Values for Career Success. 

Yours in Personal & Professional Development,

Rebecca Rose, CVT

Certified Career Coach

Join us during the upcoming Veterinary Teams Living Well Streamed Symposium. The entire program is dedicated to integrating a healthy, sustainable life and career in veterinary medicine! Really, ALL OF IT! And it is RACE approved!

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