How To Start Small And Make A Difference Right Where You Are

by | Feb 21, 2019 | Leadership, Mindset, Personal Growth

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“Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well lived.”

~ Mollie Marti

 

Feeling Lost About Making A Difference

A number of years ago, I remember feeling confused about where I fit in to make a difference.

At the time, I was rushing around with a number of out-of-control commitments that were pulling me in different directions.

I also felt overwhelmed with looking after our five children: taxiing them to all their activities, putting healthy meals on the table every day and looking after their emotional needs was no small feat (as I’m sure many moms can relate to)!

On top of that, guilt gnawed at me because I had a lot of good ideas about how I could make a positive impact, but no time to actually put them into action.

With all of these things combined, an underlying feeling of anxiety threaded everything I did because I felt like I never measured up…

Measured up to whose expectations? I’m not really sure.

Discovering My Passions Changed Everything

However, things began to change when I took a course on networking and finding my niche. The course helped me to match my talents, abilities and passions with my past successful experiences and present circumstances.

And voila! It was like a round peg in a round hole…

I finally knew where I fit in and how I could intentionally start making a difference using my strengths.

There were a couple of things that were very helpful about the exercises:

First, it gave me permission to lead from where I was at the time. This was exciting for me because on top of making a difference, I still wanted to be an involved mom.

And second, I learned that although I love people, I wasn’t interested in working with everyone, nor was I effective at working with all different types of people. The course helped me to recognize where I fit and whom I could work best with and where I could begin in a small way but with maximum impact.

Permission To Say “Yes” To My Passions

After taking this course, I felt so relieved! Because now when I said “no” to things, I had a good reason — I simply wasn’t very good at them.

As a result, the niggling guilt that I often carried began to lessen…

I felt like I had permission to say “yes” to what I was most passionate about.

The encouragement to start where I was with what I had, was what I needed to hear at that time…

How To Be More Intentional About Your Impact

So here are 4 practical steps you can take, my friend, to be more intentional about the impact you’re having.

1. Make a list of your priorities.

Put the most important people in your life first and keep them there. 

2. Work in your strengths.

If you don’t know what your strengths are, then take some different online tests to learn more about yourself.

Or join a program that will help you learn more about yourself, like our upcoming mastermind (click here to learn more).

3. Know your limitations.

Say yes to your passions and say no when it’s outside your limits, strengths or passions.

4. Take time to rejuvenate.

This is essential. You need to make time to rest and refresh yourself so you don’t burn out and you’ll have more to pour out again.

The great Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh said,

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

Get started today. Don’t try the really big things… instead, start small from where you are to make a big difference.

And over time, your actions will have a ripple effect that reaches far beyond your life.  

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Ann’s work is centred on the belief that every woman has purpose. So her mission is to empower a community of women to live their extraordinary lives with joy…

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