Sitting beside me on the desk as I write this is my iPhone. I’m sure your smart phone is not far away either. But our phones are a brilliant example of what fascinates me most at the moment.
I am fascinated by the the impact one persons vision and life can have on the world.
Now using the phone as an example, the man who patented the first phone was a guy by the name of Alexander Graham Bell. Do you think that Alexander had any idea that one day his invention would end up as the incredible little devices that play such a major role in peoples lives today? Do you think that Alexander had any idea the ripple effect his invention would have?
If we take a look throughout history and even in this present day, there are certain people who come along and through their commitment to an idea and a vision, they have a dramatic impact on the world. They are or were individuals willing to bravely go against the grain to explore new possibilities and in doing so, they achieve the incredible.
Through the lives of these pioneers or these giants of history, the bar is set for the rest of the world to reach a little further and to progress.
We call these people we call geniuses, world changers and masters..But really there is no difference between them and us other than they were willing to completely focus and commit to a particular outcome.
The work of Anders Ericsson and others researchers if the field of exceptional performance has proven that these individuals had at least ten thousand hours or ten years of consistent and focused practice of mastering their craft or vision before we saw them for who we know them as today.
In saying this, what fascinates me is what we as individuals might have you consistently practiced for the past ten years or perhaps even longer.
At this very moment..we are all masters at something..and when you consider ten years from now..what will we have become more masterful in given what we choosing to do fill your days with right now?
Everyday we are becoming a little better at something and if we don’t make the time to check in with ourselves and we live life just reacting rather than responding, we can end up very far down the wrong path, having perfected lousy habits and ways of thinking that produce negative results.
As I’m sure so many of the greats we spoke about before had no idea the effects their lives would have on the world in years to come, often we can underestimate the ripple effect our own lives will have. And we don’t need to be the leaders in our industry or inventing the next big thing.
Although we may not realise it, we are all having an effect on the world and we are all leaving an impact everyday…… unfortunately, not always a positive one.
Now you might argue , “how much of an impact can I be having on the world, I am just one person” Well as humans we have a natural tendency to want to fit in and we do this by mirroring the behaviour of the people around us. So while our individual impact might not seem overly significant, when we multiply that by the number of people who might be doing the same actions as we are everyday and the impact can become very great indeed.
I have become fascinated how some people achieve so much and yet others seem to waist away festering in frustration. I have become fascinated in what can we all start doing to ensure that from this point forward we move in a direction that serves us and others and so our lives have a positive impact.
I believe it simply begins with by taking full responsibility for our own lives. In other words, we need to stop relying on anyone else for our love, happiness, success or whatever is most important to us. The people we call great didn’t achieve what they did by sitting around and waiting for someone else to go first or to take the action for them.
One of my favourite quotes is simply, “No one does your pushups for you!”
In my time working in operating theatre, I heard the first cry of at least 100 new born babies. It was always an amazing sound and I felt very privileged to be there and the very beginning of these new lives. The very thought still gives me chills. But when you hear the first cry of your own child, it is all the more incredible. Any parents could relate.
When our son was born, who is our first child, I remember holding him for the first time and thinking to myself as I looked at him, ‘this little guy is going to look up to me and learn from me..and what is he going to see?” I realised in that moment that I had a responsibility. I began to understand that the way I live my life everyday will have an impact on the world my kids, and the future generations will have to live in.
Just through taking responsibility, we are giving our lives a sense of purpose. When we say those words and we can admit, “My Life Is My Responsibility” we take ownership and on a deeper level, we are telling ourselves, I am capable, I have what it takes.
“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life
is the source from which self-respect springs.”
What fascinates me the most, my friend, is what we can all achieve if we choose to take responsibility to ensure the ripple effects we leave through our lives inspire and show others what is possible for their lives .