Out of every career option in the entire world, you picked this one.
You chose to be a dentist; no one else chose it for you. So think back— do you remember what drew you to this career? It’s a great industry to be in. But was it all about the money and job security? What is your vision? What is your purpose?
I have asked myself these questions so many times in my 20+ years of advising dentists. I don’t have to work anymore. I don’t need any more money or stuff. The reason I continue working is the opportunity it gives me to impact others and give back to the people who truly need it.
A few years ago, I revealed my ultimate vision to my team and our clients: to have 1,000 clients all with a net income of at least $1 million a year. Why have I made this my personal mission? The vision isn’t about the money… It’s all about the impact we can have with this money!
For me, impact means generosity on a large scale. Generosity with time, energy, and money. Let’s say that I could get 1,000 doctors (each netting $1,000,000 per year) to regularly give 10% of their income back to people who need it… This group would have a pretty sizeable impact, right? A 100 MILLION dollar impact, to be exact!
Ok, NOW imagine that this group inspired their teams, their families and their friends to give generously to others. Suddenly, my vision has created a ripple effect with the potential for enormous impact! The thing is, the minute you take money OUT of the formula and decide you’re working for impact, your vision and opportunities will EXPAND.
That’s why I’ve created the Impact Diagram. This diagram is a visualization of one thing: your impact.
You’d be amazed at how many people go through their whole lives without fully understanding who they impact and how. I designed this diagram to help you visualize all the ways you have an impact on people, so that you can be strategic about increasing your impact in areas that are important to you.
I’ve been working with my 800 coaching clients over the last few years to put together their custom Impact Diagrams. There are the things that are showing up on most of our doctor’s diagrams:
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If I could give you just one piece of advice for starting 2015 strong, this would be it… Create your own Impact Diagram TODAY. You need to be 100% intentional about defining your purpose. I feel very strongly that taking this time to make your own Impact Diagram will literally be the most vital decision you make in the next year.
You might choose to write different areas on your Impact Diagram than the ones I’ve listed above; these are just the areas that I focus on, and that many of my clients have chosen as areas of impact in their lives.
Once you’ve taken ten minutes to create your Impact Diagram, do yourself a favor. Really commit to making what you write down in these circles your TOP priority.
Otherwise, this exercise means nothing and will change nothing.
When you choose to make the commitment to your Impact Diagram, you’ll notice yourself becoming more intentional with how you spend your time and money, and more aware of your impact.
Until next time,