Psychology 101 for Change Agents: Dialing in Your Mindset for Maximum Impact

Uncategorized Jun 08, 2021
 

 A life of extraordinary impact is really a set of extraordinarily impactful moments, stacked one on top of another.  And these moments aren't just the product of happenstance--the common thread that connects them all is your mindset.  

In the first 8 sessions of this Understanding and Evolving Your Psychology series, we've covered some fundamentals for stepping into your best self, from understanding how you meet your innate human needs to identifying and re-writing your most important rules and beliefs.  Now it's time to get  practical and tactical--the final sessions of this series are all about dialing in the mindsets that constitute your best self in the three most important areas to live out your highest calling as a change agent: your energy, your impact and your joy.

This session's video and  worksheet is focused on dialing in your mindset for maximum impact so that you can show up as your best self in pursuit of your calling to make...

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Overcoming Overwhelm Part 2: Shifting Your Systems Towards Sustainability

Uncategorized Jun 01, 2021
 

Harnessing Systems Thinking To Get At the Root Causes of Your Overwhelm

If your biggest source of overwhelm is other people's demands and expectations, is there any hope for finding your own pace of grace and overcoming that feeling of overwhelm in pursuit of your calling to serve?

What if you feel like you're caught in a power system that doesn't give you the space to implement your pace of grace?

In this post we are returning to the topic of overcoming overwhelm in your work as a change agent.  The first time we talked about this, we explored frameworks and tools for how you can work on your own mindset to overcome your feeling of overwhelm.  This time we're going to harness the tools of systems thinking to look at what to do when the source of overwhelm is coming from the larger system around you and you want to address those feelings of overwhelm at their roots.  

Here are some highlights from the video:

 

Mapping The Three Parts of Your Own System for...

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Psychology 101 for Change Agents: Dialing in Your Mindset for Maximum Energy

Uncategorized May 19, 2021
 

What level of energy are you bringing to your mission? 

When it comes to understanding and evolving your psychology as a change agent, it's all about figuring out how you can bring your best self to bear more consistently and more powerfully in service of your vision of a better world. In the first 8 sessions of this Understanding and Evolving Your Psychology series, we've covered some fundamentals for stepping into your best self, from understanding how you meet your innate human needs to identifying and re-writing your most important rules and beliefs.  Now it's time to get really practical and tactical--the final sessions of this series are all about dialing in the mindsets that constitute your best self in the three most important areas to live out your highest calling as a change agent: your energy, your impact and your joy.

Today’s video and the accompanying worksheet are focused on dialing in your mindset for maximum energy.  We’re starting here...

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Overcoming Overwhelm

Uncategorized May 12, 2021
 

The more strongly you feel called to serve others, the greater your risk for struggling with the feeling of being overwhelmed. 

As mission driven change agents, some of us have been running in the red zone so long we don't even know what it looks like to shift gears and find our pace of grace for the long haul…

 

What Is Your Pace of Grace?

As someone with a calling to make the world a better place, one of your greatest risks for feeling overwhelmed is actually your calling itself!  You can’t run and you can’t hide: chances are you are going to feel deeply called to serve others throughout the whole course of your life.  This is why finding your personal “pace of grace” is vital to answering your call at the highest possible level over the course of your life.

So what exactly is this "pace of grace?"

Your “pace of grace” is the “just right” intensity of daily engagement in pursuit of your calling that brings...

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Psychology 101 for Change Agents: Overcoming Negative Beliefs

Uncategorized May 05, 2021
 

We all know our body has an immune system--but what about your mind? 

In Session 8 of this Understanding and Evolving Your Psychology series we're going to be talking about your psychological immune system in the form of your beliefs.  Our beliefs can serve as the bedrock of our calling as change agents, but they can also get in our way.  

Why do your beliefs matter so much? Because they are connected to so many other aspects of your psychological system—and when you get focused on your beliefs you get leverage to better support your joy and your impact across all the areas of your life. 

In this video and the accompanying worksheet we’re going to work on identifying and overcoming your most consequential negative beliefs.  How much more joy and impact would you have in your life if you found a way to let go of some of the beliefs that have been holding you back?  It’s time to find out!

 

Mapping Your Most Important Beliefs

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Assessing Impact: Getting Aligned About What to Measure and What It Means

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2021
 

Maximizing your impact as a change agent starts with being clear about what “impact” actually means to you…

 A lot of us use this term "impact" all the time in our work as change agents--we talk about high impact organizations, high impact funders.  But what do we really mean when we talk about impact?  And how do we best measure impact on the issues that matter most to us?   This challenge is at the heart of our work as change agents. 

Whether you are a social entrepreneur or a funder, paying attention to what you are defining as impact and how you are assessing it, is  fundamental to maximizing the difference you hope to make in the world.  

The video for this post walks through these ideas--here are some highlights: 

First Things First: How Do You Define “Impact”?

The good news is that the field of international development has done lots of work thinking about how to define and assess...

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Psychology 101 for Change Agents: Identifying and Examining Your Key Beliefs

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2021
 

Chances are you believe some things that aren't true--and you're not alone. 

That's the case for all of us.  We all live in a complicated world and we can't possibly process everything coming at us and form accurate well-founded beliefs about everything going on around us and inside our own heads.   Having some mistaken beliefs just comes with the territory of being human. 

But what about the beliefs that matter most to your own flourishing and to your impact as a change agent? 

Can you identify those key beliefs and take steps to make them even stronger and more powerful?  That's the focus of this session in our Psychology 101 for Change Agents series.

The Backstory on Your Beliefs

Why do your beliefs matter so much? Because they are connected to so many other aspects of your psychological system—and when you get focused on your beliefs you get leverage to better support your joy and your impact across all the areas of your life.

Beliefs are...

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Capitalizing Change with More than Money

Uncategorized Apr 13, 2021
 

How much does money actually matter to making the change you want to see in the world?  Whether you're a funder or a social entrepreneur, chances are you spend a lot of your time and energy focused on how best to deploy money in service of your vision.  There's no question that money can matter a great deal in the work of social change, but are there other resources that matter even more? 

In this post we are going to take stock of 8 forms of capital that you can draw on, whatever the change is that you want to make in the world.  

“Capital in some form or other will always be needed.”       --Gandhi

Eight Forms of Capital for Making Change

As a starting point, Wealthworks, a project of the Aspen Institute, that is focused on fostering regional economic development has developed a very helpful framework when it comes to thinking creatively about the different kinds of assets that go into economic...

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Psychology 101 for Change Agents, Session 6: What "Rules" Do You Live By?

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2021
 

Mapping Your Psychological Wiring Diagram: What Rules Do You Live By?

When it comes to your psychological system, chances are you have some key operating rules that are so hard-wired you're not even fully aware of them.

An important step in understanding and evolving your psychology as a change agent is to take a closer look at your “operating rules.”  That's the focus of this sixth session in this self-guided coaching curriculum. 

Most of us accumulate a detailed set of psychological "standard operating procedures" over the course of our lives.   We need these mental shortcuts not just to keep ourselves safe and meet our basic needs, but also to save time and energy.  In previous sessions we've talked about the distinction between System 1, the fight or flight part of our brains, and System 2, our higher faculties of reasoning and logic.  When we use System 2 to make decisions it takes a huge amount of caloric energy. Having a set of...

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What is at the Heart of YOUR Calling?

Uncategorized Mar 31, 2021
 

 You feel this call to make the world a better place, but what is truly at the root of that calling?   

This post is about getting to the heart of why it is that you feel this urge to make the world a better place--whether as  a philanthropist, a social entrepreneur, an advocate or a change agent of any kind. 

Why is this important?  Getting in touch with the psychological and cultural roots of your own calling can help you be more effective at connecting with others and bringing people together around new approaches to complex problems where we have gotten stuck in hyper-partisanship and political division.   

The psychological roots of your calling

 Abraham Maslow and many other psychologists have noted that human beings are called to serve something larger than ourselves.    Unfortunately, not all of us are able to clearly hear that calling, or have the resources to respond to it effectively.  That's one of the greatest...

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