YOUR JOURNEY TOWARDS MASTERY: REALISING YOUR DESIRE SOCIAL IMPACT
So how then might you begin to dedicate yourself to creating your desired social impact? You probably need to start in a small way. It is often said that charity begins at home. You are more likely to generate positive goodwill and tangible outcomes for others in your immediate and existing connections: your family and friends. How might you spend time improving their lives either by removing a burden that you might be placing upon them or by relieving them of another burden? Do you do your fair share of chores at home? Do you spend as much time, if not more time, working on your friends' problems as they spend working on your own? Are there projects that your friends and family are committed to that you could give more of your time? Could you learn competencies of leadership that would help us to take on further responsibilities in our immediate network?
Your social impact, of course, should not end here. You can and should, in due course, extend the boundaries of your influence and the extent of your impact. You can start to have a wider and more global impact if you take on the responsibility to contribute across more areas that impact upon more people. There is no shortage of opportunities to do things that will have a positive social impact in the world.
What is it that you can do now that might be of the greatest help to those that need it? Perhaps the following questions can help you to think about how you can have a positive social impact:
- Do I put my talents, knowledge and skills at the service of others?
- What benefits do I bring to those with whom I work and also the wider community?
- Does how I lead and work help more people to feel as though they belong in my organisation and my community?
- Does my personal sense of social purpose and social impact align with the mission of the organisations with which I am associated?
- Does how I lead and work motivate others to tackle challenges by making sound decisions and designing innovative solutions?
It’s important to dream big, but you also have to be prepared to start from the ground up with many, many hours of quiet, unglamorous, and dedicated service to others. If you want to change the world, you have a lot to learn from things like mowing lawns, reading to children, and volunteering your time with the elderly.
STEPPING FORWARD AND UP TO REALISE YOUR DESIRED SOCIAL IMPACT
Above all, you need to remember that creating a desired social impact means achieving the results that will bring this about. Your intentions, vision and action are important, as is your sociability and connectedness to others. At the end of the day, you need to put your purpose into practice—together with your community using a combination of humility and willpower that makes the promise of what once seemed possible (or even improbable) happen.