The 2nd Pillar of Personal Development for Change Agents: Priority

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2021
 

Having clear priorities in the actions you take is how you translate your purpose into progress each day—and that feeling of progress is absolutely vital to your sense of well being.

 If having a clear sense of purpose in your life is the first pillar of personal development for change agents, the second pillar is knowing what is truly most important to focus your energy and action on, from one moment to the next.   The more deeply you feel called to make the world a better place, the more keenly you will feel out of alignment if you’re not making progress towards your purpose. 

 This video and the accompanying worksheet will guide you through the process of dialing in on your priorities, both as an instrument of impact in service of your mission in the world, and as a vessel of joy with your family, friends and all those whose lives you touch. 

 

First, Ask Yourself: What’s Getting in the Way of Dialing In On Your Priorities?

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

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2021
 

If you are looking for true fulfillment in life, stop chasing happiness and start cultivating joy.

Happiness is driven by happenstance--if things go your way, you feel happy, if they don't go your way, you feel unhappy.  Joy is something you cultivate deep inside yourself, that you can carry with you, even in the face of unhappiness, even in the face of tragedy, you can still bring your joy in a deeper sense.

 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, in the final sessions of this series it’s...

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The 1st Pillar of Personal Development for Change Agents: Purpose

Uncategorized Jun 16, 2021
 

If you want to set yourself up for maximum fulfillment and impact, personally and professionally, you need to start with clarity about your purpose in life.

Here’s why: we achieve fulfillment and impact in life by consistently acting in alignment with our highest selves. Without having clarity about who we aspire to be and the positive impact we are called to bring to the world, we can’t be fully conscious of what it takes to act in alignment with that highest and best version of ourselves.  Similarly, without knowing our purpose, we lose our sense of progress—and that feeling of forward movement is vital for our sense of well-being in life!

The Seven Pillars of Personal Development  for Change Agents

This post is the first in a series of seven.  In this series we're going to walk through each of these seven fundamentals one by one, giving you key frameworks and practical action steps to maximize your joy and your impact as someone with a calling to...

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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 Part 1: Dialing in Your Pace of Grace

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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