Today, April 25th marks World Malaria Day. I’m encouraging everyone to take a peek at Twitter for a minute or two and see what all the buzz is about. If you’re not familiar with Malaria, it’s devastating consequences or who it affects, now is the day. Search #endmalaria and/or #endmalariaday and you can take part of the action and help spread the word.
When you take a look at all the action going on concerning Malaria, I’d urge you to keep an open mind and think not only about Malaria, but something closer to your own heart and mind. It can be anything.
I’m asking you to do this quick and gentle exercise as a beginning step in taking action towards showing interest and doing Great Word towards your own personal goals.
As I make preparations and get ready for Faces for Change Ride, I take comfort in seeing all the people and the work they’re doing to help make a positive impact in the world that we live. There are literally millions of people in the world that share your same ideas and goals. Reach out and connect with them. Show an interest in their work and share your experiences, both the successes and failures. This is how you start building and creating. To me, this is what community is all about.
Once you start taking steps to develop a love or passion you’ll start to notice more people in the same field. If it’s important to you, connect! Reach out and support others, the collective efforts will surely be recognized.
What’s right for you(me) is right for ‘us’
As you confront the vision you have, your dream- open your eyes and listen. Observe what is going on already, ask questions, show interest. When I first started thinking about a bicycle ride across Canada it was just my brother and I. I wanted to make it bigger and better. Little by little it started to take form and is now more than just a cycling adventure, it’s Faces for Change Ride. The harder I worked at making this happen, the more I focused. I honed in on what is absolutely the most important aspects. I took a large crowd, the Twitterverse, and began to narrow down the participants I considered most valuable. Again, Focus.
The process of focusing extends to other areas of your daily life
Do you need it or want it?
The tools and instruments available to complete most projects are numerous. Most individuals do not have unlimited funds to back their enterprise, so it’s necessary to focus on what you absolutely need. Take time to explore any alternatives. Ask yourself “Do I really need this?” or do you just want it for the fancy features? Will you actually commit to making it work for you? One more bell or whistle is not suddenly going to make or break your success. Taking your time to explore, listen and learn are your most positive benefits.
To answer the questions of whether you need it or want it, ask the following questions:
- Am I building?
- Am I creating?
- Are there alternatives?
- Can I absolutely do without?
I think you’ll find it easier to know if you are honest and have that quiet conversation with yourself in truths. If you don’t know, seek out the experts, the mavens and professionals. They are where they’re at because they’ve put time and effort into finding out and sharing their experiences.
As the day goes by I will surely keep up with the happenings concerning #endmalariaday and #endmalaria. I’m using this day, this movement, along with the people and culture behind it to illustrate how you and I can make a difference in whatever it is that we believe in. Connect and share. I’m urging you to start now. Begin the process, take a step or two, and do Great Work.
“In starting anything there is a chance of failure. If you never start, you’ve already failed”.
- Tweeted, said and told by many.