How do we measure success? Often, the most successful technological, scientific and artistic innovations are measured based on the number of people they’re able to impact. The ability to scale is what we call it in business terms.
Now turns to the question of how we can create scale throughout all our lives?
It’s not as complicated as one may think. When people think about making an impact, they think of influencers championing obscure and large projects. As ambitious as someone may be, it’s not hard to feel small when you’re looking at the world through a comparative lens. The truth is, the only way you’re ever going to start making an impact is if you make the conscious decision to start now. Not only so, but dedicating your life to making small movements of shifting the dial forward by 1%. All it takes in retrospect is becoming better by 1% every day, to achieve a growth of 37% by the end of the year, according to James Clear, author of Atomic Habits.
Impact starts with our individual growth. If we’re committed to owning our decisions in a way that benefits humanity at large, then we are making an impact that will add value. You might not be able to assess your impact on the world based on immediate, tangible results, but the impact goes beyond what you can see on the surface. Think of the brightest legends in the world, Shakespeare, Picasso, Einstein…etc. The commonality they share is that they’ve all acquired fame at the same time—when they died.
Their contribution wasn’t for fame but it’s the micromovements they produced in their lifetimes that translated into a big cultural shift for later generations.
This is exactly the type of momentum Kiri-Maree Moore, CEO, and founder of Decision Velocity Global wants every person to move towards. “Leaving a legacy where these footprints will add value to those who follow,” she says. Kiri-Maree Moore is a speaker, advisor, investor, and serial entrepreneur who founded Decision Velocity Global and the One Percent Movement to give a platform to leaders around the world.
She shares the six questions we have to start asking ourselves if we want to create an impact.
Am I adding value?
As simple as physics, every action we take bears a consequence. We can choose to turn in to our calling or turn away from it. For example, if we feel limited by our circumstances we can choose to improve ourselves through education. But if we choose to focus on our limitations, we will always remain stagnant.
No matter how small it appears to be, any amount of progress gives you a bigger leap of confidence to proceed to the next step. “Every time you’re making a decision, you’re either adding value to humanity or taking it away, so ask yourself this: Am I adding value?” Kiri-Maree says.
She believes that a cultural shift will begin when everyone recognizes their ability to contribute, even in the smallest forms. If everyone participates, then the dial will start to move forward.
What are the patterns that are going to be the most effective?
We’re trained from a young age to have a fixed mindset on many things. However, this deviates us from being curious and finding other pathways that can result in more effective success. For example, many entrepreneurs have reengineered their thought patterns to find solutions to problems that no one else had.
“It’s hard to disrupt the pattern to what you know,” Kiri-Maree says. “It’s how you’ve always done it, and you don’t know what you don’t know but when you do there needs to be ownership.” In order for change to occur, we need to disrupt patterns. It’s not about going against the status quo, rather it’s about finding a different way to do things that allow us to narrow the gap between problem and solution.
Do I want to be the same tomorrow as I am today?
It can be overwhelming thinking about how we can “become” this person we want to be overnight, or even within a couple of months. Setting goals for personal growth is important, but measuring ourselves based on how we haven’t met the final outcome is counterproductive. It diminishes our confidence and motivation. Instead, we should focus on setting micro-goals every day. How can I be better than I was yesterday? This could simply be learning one new thing every day.
Growth is incremental and as Kiri-Maree puts it, “Growth is what it means for you. All I care about is if you’re shifting the dial forward. Everyone is called to play at a different level.”
Everyone can make the conscious decision to shift the dial forward, but it requires a degree of effort and awareness in our daily life.
If I wasn’t band-aiding, what could I be doing?
As humans, we’re drawn to instant gratification. We prefer to avoid pain and reap the rewards. However, growth can have a direct correlation with the uncomfortable.
Most people rely on band-aids, or quick-fix solutions to ease the discomfort they’re going through. Ask yourself this: Instead of deflecting or covering up the problem you’re facing, how can I identify patterns that lead to this issue, and try to rewire those patterns to produce a different outcome?
Every outcome is a consequence of patterns. If we have a sleep deprivation problem, it could be we’ve developed patterns from staying up late, thus impacting our overall ability to make meaningful contributions throughout the day. The result might be more irritation towards our family and colleagues, and producing lower quality work, but we tend to use coffee or stronger stimulants as a temporary, band-aid solution. But what people don’t realize is the use of short-term fixes decreases the chance of us actually rewiring our patterns to the results we want. A true solution to our sleep issue is to ditch the coffee and rewire our sleeping patterns. This same analogy can be applied to different problems we’re trying to overcome.
How do I prepare for the worst?
Our reaction to things has a large impact on our resilience. If we want a greater impact but we lack resilience, it’s hard for us to follow through on required actions when there are obstacles. Thus, preparation and having the tools to deal with hardship is quintessential for entrepreneurs.
Kiri-Maree suggests having strategies readily to develop tools that can help you navigate the challenges when faced with the uncomfortable. She’s a big believer in building human intelligence (HI).
When we work on building the muscle of human intelligence, we disrupt old patterns and engage with curiosity in a new approach. Drawing data in the form of insights, experience, and results, using this to disrupt patterns to strategically take action coming to an effective and sustainable outcome. Through this process, any data added is to make better decisions, thus, building the muscle of HI. Knowledge of patterns helps us to make decisions that are resilient enough to deal with the worst-case scenario, it makes the everyday hurdles appear diminished.
How can I learn from others?
A great way we can make an impact is by opening ourselves to perspectives where we learn from the wisdom of others. There is a source of endless curiosity for the individual willing to ask better questions, engage with anyone and know how to access the vast amount of knowledge out there in the world.
The point is, you don’t have to be friends with a Nobel prize winner or Oprah Winfrey to become wiser. In fact, just through connection with other humans, you can learn to see perspectives that you didn’t see before. This is accelerated when we’re able to master our human intelligence.
As demonstrated by Kiri-Maree, she brought strangers on a regular basis to her show The Decision Table to interview. “I wanted to role model I could bring anyone on to The Decision Table and know both my guest and I can always learn something from each other. And it is as simple as a conversation,” she says. If we stopped viewing the world as a competitive place, and choose to collaborate with different distinctions at the table, then we might actually move forward.
“ Create space to learn from others that are willing to continue to evolve,” Kiri-Maree says. “The greater capacity you have to learn to be flexible at doing this as an individual who is a part of the collective, the better chance you have at gaining a seat at the table.”
The process to become an effective leader is not this grandiose scheme for the future. It starts with everyday people, who choose to make everyday decisions a priority. The concept of shifting the dial forward by 1% is a proactive way we can get people to take ownership of our contribution back to humanity at scale. It helps to know that it’s not just all about me, but at the end of the day, it’s about more people who can think beyond themselves to achieve impact in collaboration through growth that adds value to the rest of the human race.
From Pocket Change to Power Player: The Strategic Ascendancy of Yvenson Israel
Yvenson Israel’s entrepreneurial saga is a gripping narrative of resilience, strategic foresight, and triumph against the odds. Emerging from humble beginnings with only a few dollars to his name, Yvenson, affectionately known as Vince in entrepreneurial circles, has orchestrated a remarkable journey to become a titan of industry.
Raised in a single-parent household, Vince assumed the mantle of responsibility at a young age, driven by the desire to provide for his family. However, he soon realized that traditional paths to success were fraught with limitations. With unwavering determination and an innate understanding of the power of ownership, Vince embarked on a daring quest for financial independence.
The pivotal moment in Vince’s journey came when he ventured into the world of Business Consulting. Recognizing the seismic shifts in the digital landscape, particularly the burgeoning dominance of Amazon and the exponential growth of the ecommerce sector, Vince strategically positioned himself at the forefront of this revolution. His vision? To harness the limitless potential of the digital realm and carve out a path to entrepreneurial eminence.
Over the course of several years, Vince meticulously cultivated his consulting enterprise, transforming it from a modest venture into a powerhouse operation with a global footprint. With a keen eye for talent and a knack for strategic scaling, he assembled a team of like-minded individuals who shared his passion for innovation and excellence. Together, they propelled the business to unprecedented heights, with monthly revenues soaring into the millions.
However, Vince’s journey was not without its challenges. Faced with adversity and setbacks, he remained steadfast in his resolve, drawing inspiration from his humble beginnings and unwavering belief in the power of entrepreneurship. Each obstacle became an opportunity for growth, fueling Vince’s relentless pursuit of success.
At the heart of Vince’s triumph lies his mastery of the Amazon platform. What began as a supplementary income stream during his college years blossomed into a thriving enterprise, catapulting Vince into the spotlight as a leading authority in the world of ecommerce. Through his guidance and mentorship, he has empowered countless individuals and businesses to achieve unprecedented success on the Amazon marketplace, cementing his legacy as a pioneer and trailblazer in the field.
In essence, Yvenson Israel’s story is a testament to the transformative power of entrepreneurship. It is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the boundless possibilities that await those who dare to dream. From pocket change to power player, Yvenson Israel’s journey is a testament to the enduring legacy of vision, determination, and strategic brilliance.
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