For most of us, our impact in the world will be the difference we make in the lives of others. Often that’s more what we give than what we sell. First, think of your family. You invest a chunk of your life raising kids. Or you invest some of your life caring for your parents. We often volunteer for non-profit organizations or serve others as part of your faith. In all these ways we demonstrate our belief that our impact is greatest in places where we give rather than where we receive.
So as we come into October 2013, how is your impact this year? Have you had the impact you thought you would at the beginning of 2013? Are you on fire, swinging for the bleachers? Are the days flying by?
Or has the time simply passed by. Are you going through the motions? Do you feel like you you’re stuck in the sand, spinning your tires and sinking? Does everyone else look like they’re moving while you’re standing still? Does the rest of your world look like Hollywood and you’re living in the slums?
Take a minute and reflect on your year. Go ahead. This isn’t going to be a long post. You can think about it a minute.
Now, thanks to Gary Keller and his book, The One Thing, I’ve got a question: What’s the one thing you can do in the next day or hour that will make your future more certain and make everything else either easier or unnecessary?
Then, drop down to the comments. You can leave a comment here, on LinkedIn or on Google+ or Facebook. Take a minute and share your thoughts on 2013 and what’s the one thing you can do or what’s something you need to get 2013 back on track? What can members of this community and readers of this blog do to help you? Or what can you do to help someone else?
One final request too. If anyone besides me does in fact share, and if you can help them, connect with them and help them out. What you do to help others matters. Don’t spend your energy trying to sell services or books. Just help. It will matter. You will make an impact. And 2013 will be better for the whole world because you chipped in. Thanks!
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