WHYD4YCT? = What have you done for your community today?
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NOTE: While I refer to community in this post, it is not limited to only your online networks. I intend for it to mean all communities: family, friends (virtual and in real life), peers and business associates, etc.
I ask myself this question daily. It doesn’t mean I always have an answer or know if I’ve “done” anything. It’s the purpose behind asking the question. This is the mindset I aspire to be in when interacting with people. It aligns with one of my favorite Covey habits, “seek first to understand, then be understood.”
Powerful interactions take place and exciting opportunities arise when you approach community this way. When a conversation or meeting doesn’t go the way I expected it, I can usually look back and see I didn’t approach it from the right mindset. I was most likely too concerned with WIIFM (what’s in it for me). Believe me, after several years of developing this habit, I still need to reconnect and remind myself.
I’m not providing tips on this post or implying you should do something with the information. I merely want to share the idea and let you do with it what you’d like.
I’m going to frame WHYD4YCT? and put it above my desk along next to my mission statement. If you want a copy of the image I’m going to post, email me at prsarahevans at gmail dot com and I’ll send you a copy.
What does WHYD4YCT? mean to you?