With all the negative events happening in the world right now, it can be easy to feel like we can’t do anything about it, but nothing can be farther from the truth. We as entrepreneurs can do so much to make a change in the world.
Not only can you make an impact through the specific work you do, you can be a source of inspiration and empowerment. Frankly, right now, the world needs a lot more of that. The world needs a lot of light and as much light as possible.
How, specifically, can you make a positive influence on the world through your business? Here are some steps to get you started.
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Step #1: Realize your power to change the world
I want to start off with this truth: you have a unique light, a unique brilliance within you that the world needs.
You’ve probably heard other people say it and I still want to say it again because I feel like not enough people really realize their value and the power they have to create change in the world.
I’ve been listening to the news and the darkness that people feel is kind of overtaking the world and rearing its ugly head in so many ways. I want to acknowledge that sometimes we heart-centered entrepreneurs may feel like we’re up against this unimaginable and unsurmountable darkness in the world. But together we represent a community of positive influencers that have the power to make a difference in people’s lives.
Making that difference begins with standing in your power, stepping up and choosing to share more of yourself and your goodness so that more people hear your message.
Step #2: Make the darkness your motivation to do good
I wanted to share my perspective on this and what you can do about it. I liken the current situation in the world to the night sky:
You can’t see the stars, how brightly they shine and the immense number of them until the sky is at its darkest.
All these things that are going on in the world that are frankly not in alignment with my values and not in alignment with the values of a lot of people I know are the backdrop of blackness. They’re the darkness in the night sky.
For those of us in the world who are about spreading love, goodness, generosity, kindness and shining our light into the world, the black backdrop gives us the contrast - and maybe even the incentive and motivation - we need to actually shine more brilliantly, commit ourselves to living more consciously and spreading our light in spite of whatever fears we may have around that.
Step #3: Put your money where your values are
Get creative with how you can be of service in the world, even as one person or as a movement of one. What can you do even through the work that you’re doing in your business to help spread love and initiate a positive change in the world that you wish to see?
There are a lot of times we can think that money is the only way we can really make a real impact. If you just have enough money to give to charities or throw at a cause or to spend, then you could make a big change in the world. And while, yes that’s true when you have money, you can do more things with it, simply by being you and stepping up to a new level of sharing your message and work, you can impact dozens of lives, which may eventually become millions.
Look at examples like Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Gandhi. They started off as everyday people sharing from their hearts and ended up creating movements that changed the world in profound ways. We can all do the same.
Even if it’s not even a movement that you initiate, you might inspire one or two, or ten, or a hundred people to be a little different, to think a little differently because of your message and how you are shining your unique light brilliantly. The effects of changing just one person ripple out across the globe. When you change one person’s life, you change millions of them.
Step #4: Align your business with a bigger purpose
Ask for God or the Divine’s help to determine how you can be of service in your own way through your business.
One of the ways I want to be able to give more is through donating to charities that are doing amazing work in the world.
What came to me when I asked for inspiration was donating 100% of all the sales proceeds from one of my programs to a charitable organization that is near and dear to my heart, which I did for an entire month.
When I look at why I’m in business, why I’m helping people, my number one is to be of service, and number two is being able to give more. By aligning my work with my bigger why, not only do I feel great, I have a strong motivation to move past my fears and do what I need to do to grow my business because the better my business does, the more I can give.
So when you’re feeling surrounded by darkness, be a star in the night sky… and be a big one! Be the agent of change who helps usher into this world the light, love, generosity and kindness that you want to see - and do it in all facets of your life. It will not only change many others’ lives profoundly, it will transform your own.
Share your thoughts!
I’d love to hear what your ideas are for helping to spread light in the world.
How do you, in your own personal way, push back against the darkness in the world?
What are some ways you help out your community and the world at large?
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