Happy New Year!
As Kevin Monroe reflects on 2019, he is grateful for all the people he has met. He is also grateful for hope of a brighter future and fresh clarity about who this podcast serves best. In this first episode of 2020, he invites listeners to look at business, leadership and life through a different lens by embracing a decade of difference.
This takeaway from episode 125 with Tim Arnold resonates with Kevin: Everything in your life up to this moment – the good, the bad and the ugly – has prepared you for your present and your future. Therefore, nothing disqualifies you from making a decade of difference. In fact, the things that you think count you out, actually attract people to you. Your life message resonates with others who have had a similar experience, so you have the moral authority to reach them in a way no one else can. Your past lights the way for you and for others who have known the same struggles, difficulties, and challenges. Kevin invites you to make peace with your past, so it no longer casts a shadow over your future.
Characteristics of Difference Makers
Here are some traits that difference-makers commonly share:
- They are other-centered. They’re focused on making a difference in the lives of others, rather than making things better for themselves.
- They are purpose-powered. There’s a purpose that inspires and motivates them to do what they do.
- They are ‘tragically optimistic’. No matter how difficult the circumstances, they believe that good will emerge in the end.
- They are dealers in hope. They inspire others by depositing hope into their lives.
- They are kind, compassionate, caring and humble.
Ripples of Influence
When you make a difference in someone’s life, Kevin says, you may not even be aware of it. There’s no way of knowing how far the waves and ripples of your influence will reach, so don’t even try to track it. The important thing is to realize that your decade of difference cannot be outsourced. It must be insourced; that is, it starts with you thinking differently, seeing the world differently and living differently. Start with your own personal development, and your influence will ripple out to your family, and community, and maybe even the world.
Permission To Live A Decade of Difference
Whether you know exactly what difference you want to make in the world, or you’re not quite sure, Kevin is cheering you on. He invites you to give yourself permission to dream, imagine and discover your decade of difference. You live a decade of difference one day at a time, he says. If you go off-track, reorient yourself and keep moving forward. Connect with a community of others who are also on the journey. Prepare for challenges and tough times because they will inevitably come, but seize the decade nonetheless, and be a difference-maker whatever arena you’re in.
Episode 127: Living An Inspired Life with Debbie LaChusa
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