So yesterday I was thinking. What makes the difference is people's life when it comes to success, fulfillment and impact? It's a big question, so I thought big thoughts. At the time I was thinking, I saw some guys working on the streets repaving the sidewalk. "Damn he's working hard." I thought to myself. Then it hit me. Well it didn't really hit me but this insight re-emerges like once a month so thought I would share it today. While I was thinking about impact, he was making an impact. He took action, and things started to happen. He probably was also thinking on some level, but it wasn't just thinking. So how come we in general - and by we I mean I - think too much and take to little action?
I stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before me. Because everything anyone thinks off has been adapted or is based upon idea's and insights from others before him. The same goes for me. I remember several moments in my life when the results were far off from my wishes. No matter what I seemed to do, I still ended up so far off that I didn't believe I could make it. Do you recognize this feeling? Well, it might be that you are just one millimeter off.
For the last days I've been wondering about what Impact really is and how to define it. I've done my best a couple of days ago, but felt something was missing. And it does, because I never discussed how Impact can be applied to everyday life. So I want to continue my hypothesis. My main concern is that Impact can be both about the process and the result. Let me explain.
Every once in a while, I get caught up with thinking about my daily routine. Since I'm both curious and a maximizer, this isn't a strange thing. I'm convinced that consistency is the key many great things in your life. So I engineer my days to be more or less the same and I try to live up to those standards. At the same time, I'm always looking for ways to do things better. Can I tweak this or that? How about this new habit that I've been hearing about, I should give it a go. But somehow, I always come back to my most influential factors. My go-to move. My favorite music.
the lesson with explaining the program for this morning. As usual, I would ask how everybody was doing. Some answered with 'OK' or 'Good', but most wouldn't really answer since I was the strange and older teacher. But one girl came to me in the break. She was really shy so I was a bit surprised. She told me she was insecure about her first year and afraid that she wouldn't make it. I comforted here - being her mentor - and told her things would be alright if she worked hard and asked for help.