How to Achieve Your Greatest Return

What are you willing to trade-off to achieve your goals?

Our oldest daughter, who lives out-of-state, earned her Doctoral degree in Pharmacy. While the majority of her classmates entered the workforce after graduation, our daughter applied for a clinical pharmacy residency program.

We were very excited when she was selected!

The residency program was a wonderful experience for our daughter. During the program, she had the opportunity to expand her skills and competence in providing pharmaceutical care to patients.

Over the course of the residency year, our daughter worked in various hospital settings. She worked with senior personnel in each department. While our daughter enjoyed her residency, it was challenging work, requiring her to work nights and weekends.

To successfully complete her program, our daughter chose to make several trade-offs. The first trade-off was her salary. As a resident, she traded a lower salary for the opportunity to expand her skill set. She adjusted her television viewing habits, rescheduled family celebrations, and shifted household chores to other family members.

For our daughter to achieve her goals, she gave up items of lesser value for items of greater value. Our daughter successfully completed her residency in clinical pharmacy. Her trade-offs helped her achieve success.

Every day we make trade-offs to get what we want.

Joseph George said, “every time you make a decision, you are also making a trade-off.”

How do you know what to trade-off? Try this activity to collect information that will help guide your decision process.

Over the next two weeks, record all of your daily activities on your calendar. For example, gym: 5:30pm to 6:30pm; TV: 8:00pm to 10:00pm; etc. At the end of the two-week period, you will have adequate to guide your “trade-off” decision making process.

Now you are in the chair, what do you need to give up or stop doing to achieve the greatest return? What “trade-offs” do you need to make?

In his book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!, Marshall Goldsmith reminds us that our previous success can prevent us from achieving more success. Why? Because change is constant!

Your position may require you to work evenings and weekends, or travel. Therefore, your trade-offs must align with your new responsibilities. Based on organizational needs, you will need to adjust the way you work.

As you decide what trade-offs you will make, don’t forget to keep your non-negotiable priorities at the forefront of your choices.

Leaders make trade-offs every day to accomplish their goals. As we align our priorities, we must decide which items to trade-off.

What are you willing to trade-off to achieve your goals?

Your friend,

Dr. Kim Moore, guiding YOU to lead with confidence!

Dr. Kim Moore


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