'If you talk to most ambitious people, people who are high achievers, they're rarely at peace with what they're doing because they need an engine to keep moving.' ~ Nick KrollClick To Tweet
January is a time when high achievers like you take stock, reflect, and recalibrate for the year ahead.
Hey, who am I kidding! You’re a high achiever! You had most of that done before New Year’s Eve!
But here’s what I know about you, High Achiever.
Even though most of your family, your peers, your friends see you as incredibly successful and accomplished, you know you could do more.
You’re good at your job, but it’s not quite enough. You get promoted, but the work isn’t having the impact you expected. You feel… unfulfilled.
In fact, let’s face it, when you were in High School, you assumed you’d be a multi-millionaire by now. Or a brain surgeon. Or an internationally acclaimed Nobel Laureate. Secretary General of the United Nations…
You wanted to change the world…
So what’s in store for you this year?
More of the same? Or are you ready to kick it into a higher gear?
Inspiration, Intention, Impact: Why Leading From Within Changes Everything
'I haven't met too many people that don't intend to have a fulfilling life. High-achievers, however, end up allocating their resources in a way that seriously undermines their intended strategy.' ~ Clayton ChristensenClick To Tweet
The problem is the people who taught you everything you know… the teachers, the bosses – even your parents – could only take you so far. They knew what they knew, and that got them to where they got to.
And you look at the problems facing the world today – climate change, human trafficking, domestic violence, species on the verge of extinction, growing inequality – and you think to yourself, why can’t we fix that? Why doesn’t somebody do something? Surely with all the will, intellect and money we have in the world, we could solve that?
You may even briefly toy with the idea of doing something yourself – even just tackling a small part of the problem… And then the negative self-talk sets in:
- That’s such a big problem, my small contribution won’t matter
- I can’t fix that all by myself
- If it was possible to change the situation somebody would already have done it
- I’m not an idealistic twenty-something anymore – I have a family, and bills and a mortgage
- I don’t know how…
…I don’t know how.
…I don’t know how.
'I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something, then there's nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.' ~ Cicely TysonClick To Tweet
Let’s fix that, High Achiever!
When my son was born all my emotions went into crazy protective overdrive. I still basically can’t watch the news if I don’t want to cry. Child abuse, drownings, car accidents, refugees with young kids trying to escape war-torn Syria… anything that my brain can even remotely connect to ‘something that could happen to my kid’ immediately sends me for the remote control.
So for me, the problem I want to solve is child abuse. I mean all of it. I want to stop if from happening.
What does this have to do with you, High Achiever?
Well, it means that I’ve been spending a sizeable portion of the past four years trying to figure out how motivated individuals might actually change the world.
‘Cos let’s face it, I can donate to my local Women’s Refuge until the cows come home, it ain’t going to prevent child abuse…
Even in a country as small as New Zealand, social services struggle to identify kids that need to be removed from dangerous situations. Or they identify them but don’t/can’t act in time… (warning, don’t follow this link unless you have a much stronger disposition than me – it’s a news article about a Coroner’s report into the death of a young boy in New Zealand).
So I’m writing a book (due out in March 2018) that sets out a blue print for how you can tackle big, hairy audacious problems. Problems that you won’t solve on your own, but that you might be able to solve if you have the personal leadership skills and a strategy for doing it.
It’s ambitious. It’s uncomfortable. But it just might change the world.
Because people like you, High Achiever, are exactly the people I’m writing it for.
Can you imagine what would happen if all the high achievers in the world actually stood up and were counted? Little problems, big problems, global problems, local problems… they’d all become things that could be solved. Not quickly, but gradually,
To whet your appetite, I’ve created a little sneak peak of the system. It’s an ebook called Leading From Within: Getting Started.
You can get it in three different ways, depending on your preference:
But whatever you do, don’t settle for another year of feeling unfulfilled. It’s a massive waste, considering your talent, skill and experience.
Let’s make a difference, and get something happening!