The idea of the ripple showed up in my life a few years ago when I saw Simon Sinek’s TED Talk How Great Leaders Inspire Action. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was it’s first appearance. If you’ve seen his TED Talk you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it.
I was pretty obsessed with the concept Sinek presents in his talk, he calls it The Golden Circle. The bottom line message I got out of his talk was that it is important for us to uncover our purpose, our WHY. I talked about Sinek and The Golden Circle so much that my coaching buddy encouraged me to seek out Lisa Alessi, a coach who helps people uncover their purpose.
I hired Lisa and through out work together (which was soooo much more extensive than just uncovering my WHY) I formulated my own WHY Statement:
TO foster understanding and acceptance of self and others SO THAT we can come together to make the world a better place.
Doing this work so deeply myself inspired me to develop a WHY Discovery process for my clients. People got excited about it and asked me to give presentations to groups they were a part of. So I developed a presentation and group process to help people understand the POWER of WHY, the PATH to uncovering it and how to share their WHY with the world.
As I was developing the slides for the presentation, I found myself creating a slide that said:
THIS IS SOME SCARY S#IT!
I had to acknowledge to people that what I do is a hard sell. I am asking people to acknowledge that what they do in this world matters. That everything they do has an impact. Everything. That can be overwhelming and we can’t be monitoring every last little thing we do, but to go through the world believing that we don’t have any impact on those around us is just plain wrong.
So I ask people to step up to the challenge of admitting that they matter and that they have an impact. From there it’s a matter of deciding if they want to be purposeful about that impact.
The cool software I use to create these slides is all about bold, clear messages. So they limit how much text you put on a slide and they help you find powerful background images for you slides by looking at the words typed on the slide. “This is some scary s#it!” doesn’t exactly bring back compelling results for background images, so I had to come up with an image that would illustrate my point.
And that’s when the ripple finally made it’s way to the surface. It was the perfect way to express this thing I was so passionate about. No matter how little the drop, how heavy the stone or how forceful the step, a ripple occurs.
My job is to help people get clear about who they want to be in this world and how they want to show up. What kind of ripples do they want to make? And then connect their daily actions with that vision so that they can feel good about their movement in the world.
I’ve been dong this work for a few years and now it’s time to share more stories with you about The Ripple. Some of them will be mine, some will come from clients, friends, family…you? Either way, I’ll do my best to give you examples of how to connect your PURPOSE with your ACTIONS so that you can live a more fulfilling life.
If you have great stories about your own ripple or someone else’s, I hope you’ll share them with me.