The most inspiring phrases can hit us from such a myriad of places. Sometimes, they appear on a Page-A-Day calendar we bought just for that reason. Other times, we search the internet for quotes on “happiness,” “success,” “motivation,” etc. Perhaps you’ve found your guiding light or mantra in a book you read once, twice, or a dozen times. (I’m guessing you re-read it because of the genius in that mantra.) Wherever you find them, inspiring phrases tend to show up exactly when you need them.
I’m not sure why, but I’m still surprised when an inspiring phrase seems to appear out of thin air. Or not such thin air as the latest example will illustrate. Depending on your view of life, you could believe that life throws you inspiration exactly when you need it. I hope you can believe that.
I was in a visioning exercise at work when I heard the best thing so far in 2016: “we get to create the change.” Now, for all of those out there who like to always be right, I will impress you all with the fact that this was said in response – and against – my suggestion “to adapt to changes.” Despite my ego’s desire to always have the best idea in the group, I swooned over this perspective. As it turns out, synergy really does improve our lives.
Now, like I allowed myself, soak those words in: we get to create change. Yes, it’s important to react to the changes happening around us, and be flexible. And, yes, it’s also important to hold our ground and stand for the things that are really important to us. But, what if we could do both of those things? What if we could constantly be observing the world around us and recognizing trends, while at the same time working towards that world we want to be a part of? That is what those words meant to me.
So, what change do I want to create in this world? When I look back on my life, what do I want to see behind me? In front of me? Around me? Well, for almost a decade, it has been one strong theme: the end of factory farms. But what all does that entail? How are we going to create that change? What is my role in creating that change? What are all the possibilities that might work with me and against me through that lifelong goal? And, most importantly, what is the one thing I need to do right now to start making things happen?
I’m still working on my answers to all of those things, and more. Don’t worry, you’ll be updated on them as things progress. For now, I want to leave you with your own questions:
- What is the change you want to create in the world?
- Why would you choose just that one thing to change?
- Who are you going to impact with that change?
- How will you know when you’re making progress?
- What is one thing you can do today to start making things happen?
Share what you want to in the comments below, or email me your response to jodi(at)koachkarlssen.com
Until Next Time – Be The Mountain!