Is it an act of bravery to merely survive a crisis? Maybe. But if you have the potential to be remarkable, why wouldn’t you be? Now is the time to give your greatest gift to the world.
“What did you do with this crisis?” This may be what our children ask us about this time. And as you’ll see, a crisis is an opportunity to create something new.
We don’t need you to write a book. We don’t need another story on cancer survival or escaping an abusive childhood or overcoming addiction. We don’t need another seven steps or five hacks or twelve rules for life. Sorry. We just don’t. We need your respect for the craft and your audience. We need you to bring all of you to the table and share your message with a willingness to believe it before anyone else does. We need a voice worthy of our trust.
Is personal change something that happens instantaneously in someone’s life or does it take a long time? Can we choose to change, as the self-help gurus assert, or are there other factors, like environment and genetics, at work as well that limit us? Is it even possible for us to become our best selves or are we doomed to lives of mediocrity? The answer, I think, is, “It’s complicated… but there is hope.”
I’m calling it a rule, but really it’s an idea: What would your life look like if you could only have an impact on a handful of people? What would you do differently in your work if you couldn’t help everyone? This next year, I’m answering that question and challenge you to do the same.