“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
How does it feel when you’ve made a difference in someone’s life? How would you feel if your example inspired others to follow in your footsteps?
Every December I often think back on the past year: what I’ve learned, mistakes I’ve made – and people I’ve found who inspire me. This year I’ve been thinking a lot about change – and what kind of difference we as individuals can make.
Here are three inspirational examples of real people, making real changes – and you can join them.
“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you know what the most common question I get in Ask Sid is?
It’s not what you might think – motivation, time management, procrastination.
The most common question I find is actually particular breed of question, and it goes a little something like this:
I want to (do something very important to me),
but (I am waiting for something to happen).
How can I (make progress on the thing I really want to do)?
Have you ever felt that way yourself? And if you have wondered how to solve that problem…would you like to know the answer?
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
– Albert Camus
Picture the scene – our hero gets knocked off his horse and is face down in the dirt…
He lifts his eyes up and sees the enemies’ boots in front of him.
He knows it’s over…you’re on the edge of your seat, and all of a sudden, out of nowhere….
The cavalry is here!
That’s great for the movies – but that’s not real life.
The fact is…if you go through life waiting for the cavalry to come, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Today I’m going to share with you three ways dramatic shifts happen in the movies…but the truth is, there is likely only one of these three ways to see a dramatic shift in your own life.
“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
– Peter F. Drucker
Too often in life we can get caught up in the unimportant, and lose sight of the gifts we have right in front of us. We can also lose our way, or forget the reasons we took on projects or goals in the first place.
For this reason, I like to think back over the last past twelve months, and plan for the year ahead by reflecting with a list of powerful questions I’ve developed over the years.
I’ve been cutting many non-essentials out of my life, and apply the same approach to my self reflection – focusing on only the questions that matter the most.
Here now is my intentionally short list :the most important (reflective) questions you’ll answer this year.
“My brother will love these. It’s the first time he has had a home in four years. Thank you so much.”
He smiled, gave me a big, musky, hug, and drove away.
I wasn’t sure if I had just done a good deed, or been hustled by a Craig’s List scam artist.
This story actually begins months before – so let’s go back to the beginning.
Note: This is a true story, with names changed by request.
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.”
– Elbert Hubbard
As the clock winds down in your life, each second that passes is an opportunity that will never come again.
The first time that I had this thought, it scared me.
Over time however – it has empowered me, and I have helped my clients so that it empowers them.
Today, this moment, I want this knowledge to empower you and to teach you: that failure is not the real enemy.