Making an Impact in 2014

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 | One Comment

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Yep.  There it is.  That butterflies-in-the-stomach-feeling (yes I know…breath…wiggle my toes…connect…).  Deep breath…

Much better.

One of the things I know about myself is that when I make a promise to others, I keep it.  When I make a promise to myself, I often find a way to wiggle out it.  Most of the time my wiggle-out-of-it-reasons are justifiable, understandable and thus defensible, but rarely do they get me any closer to making the impact I want to make.  I know that my best strategy to ensure that I keep my promise to myself is to include others.  I tend to be a go-big-or-go-home-kinda-girl, thus inclusion for me means shouting it out to the world…  Breath….  So here it goes..

2014 is the year that I will write my book.  (I can feel my head swimming as I type this).

When I started this blogging-thing, I was scared.  I was scared that I would disappoint myself by not following through.  I was scared that I would make a fool out of myself.  I was scared that nobody would read it and I’d be blogging in a vacuum.

What I learned from the whole thing is that the more I gave myself to the process the more the fear dissipated.  It became irrelevant.  Sometimes (as many of you can attest) the writing was yuck, and sometimes it was good, but in my commitment I found freedom.

Here’s what I know for sure:  I’m committed to connecting people to the best of who they are – for real.  And I can’t do that if I play small.  What that requires of me is to play a bigger game than I’ve been playing – playing it safe won’t do.  Breath…

Let the game begin!

As you start to think about the impact you want to have in 2014 – on your clients, on your colleagues, on your organizations, on your family, on your community, on our world – what do you need to do to  get out of your own way and ensure you keep your commitment?  Declare it to the world?  Great!  Share it with us!  Tweet it!  Post it on Facebook, on Linkedin, tell your friends and family, “This is the impact I am going to have this year – and this is what I’m going to do to make it happen.”

Maybe for you another strategy works better?  Great.  What is it?  It’s worth figuring out. 

Like me, you may feel queasy, uncertain…afraid…  How about we hold each other up?  For we’ve got an impact to make.  Let’s commit.

©OnStage Leadership, 2013;  Kimberly Davis is the Founder/Director of OnStage Leadership, a full-day experiential leadership workshop.  If you found this helpful, interesting, thought-provoking, or inspiring please “recommend”, “Like” and share.  It is only through your generosity that we can reach those who may find it valuable too.

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