Arrrgh – where are the right people to work with?!

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Finding the right people to work with, especially in an enterprise or project that is not-for-profit and whose main goal is to have a positive impact, can be very hard (I bet you know what I’m talking about here😏)

A big part of the characteristics of an ideal team member or co-worker – and I dare say more than half of it for sure – consists of the individual’s alignment with the values, vision, and mission of the project. And not only alignment but really buying into the cause and acting on it as if it was their own. Such people are tough to find!  Continue reading “Arrrgh – where are the right people to work with?!”

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A calling is a scary thing!

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Sometimes, the scary thing (and why we keep putting off doing something about it) about a calling is not so much about what it calls us to do as much as what it calls us OUT OF:

  •   our comfort zone, 
  •   the way we’ve been doing things, 
  •   our country, 
  •   financial stability, 
  •   our reputation and position in society, 
  •   our status in relationships, 
  •   the way life has always been going, 
  •   our physical safety,
  •   _______ (fill in your own experience here).

It’s a sheer struggle sometimes between trying hard to silence that voice inside and keeping on going as we always have, and those times when that crystal clear realization pops up again, in the most unexpected moments, that there is something more for us to do here during our time on earth, and that it might come with a cost.

I know it has been, and still is, a struggle for me! But what I’ve found is that the determining factor for overcoming this struggle is faith

  •   faith in my calling,

  •   faith in that I am or will be equipped for what my calling invites me to do,

  •   faith that the things and opportunities I need to live out my calling (including finances) will show up,

  •   faith that obstacles will be overcome,

  •   faith to step into the unknown when it’s so much easier to keep living in the realm of the known, 

and last but not least:

  • Faith that even if things don’t turn out the way I thought they should regarding my calling and what it’s supposed to look like, I’ll still be okay. Why? Because I’ve tried, I’ve given my best and I won’t have regrets.
    I’ve learned that my responsibility is to follow my calling to the best of my ability and to invest my whole self in it but the rest is really not up to me! (This “letting go of the outcome” piece has taken off a lot of pressure
    of me in past situations, removing the blockages and making it easier to move forward).

Grab ahold of this kind of faith and the courage and all else you need will follow. 

Take my word for it!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas and a joyful transition into an amazing 2018 to all of you!

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting regularly recently here on this blog. “Positive Impact” is going through a “little restructuring” behind the scenes in order to serve you, dear difference makers, even better in the coming year: To meet the unique needs that you have and to provide you with powerful encouragement as you are on your journey to make this world a better place. 

In the meantime, I may be posting every once in a while a little something so stay tuned! 😉 

Looking back at the (almost) past year, I’m very thankful to each of you whom I’ve had the privilege to work and connect with this year – my dear coachees, collaborators, and connections that have become friends over time. You’ve enriched my personal and professional life in so many aspects.

Thank you!

Charity or social enterprise – which one is for you?

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When starting out with an impact project, it is fundamental to have it clear pretty much at the beginning how your project should be carried out and what it exactly aims at.

Would a charity organization be more relevant, or does your idea fit the social enterprise model better?

What would you like to achieve, and what way of operating do you think would be most effective in your situation?

Here’s a list of 5 differences between a social enterprise and charity work. Continue reading “Charity or social enterprise – which one is for you?”

You’ve got the idea. And now what?

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One of the primary reasons leaders do not act is FEAR. 

Bryan Miles, co-founder of MAG Bookkeeping, discussed this topic in detail recently. I found his thoughts to be very interesting and very applicable to difference makers of any kind.

Here is what he says:

“Feeling great about a new idea is awesome. Dealing with the feeling of impossibility about your new idea … well, that isn’t so great. And that is where a lot of great people with great ideas get hung up and never jump (aka take the leap).

If you’ve ever balked at an idea that you felt passionate about … you won’t like what I am about to tell you. 

Continue reading “You’ve got the idea. And now what?”

Stories of Successful Difference Makers: What They Do and How They Succeed

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Living and working for 20+ years as a full-time volunteer in the regions of former war-torn Ex-Yugoslavia: Meet Anna Perlini, a one-of-a-kind difference maker.

She is a determined, idealistic yet down-to-earth woman with a big heart and a lot of compassion for the people she and her association “Per Un Mondo Migliore” assist materially, emotionally and spiritually.

I had the pleasure of interviewing this amazing woman a few weeks ago. Enjoy hearing about her experience and the jewels of wisdom and advice she shares in the video below.

Making a Difference: Six Payoffs That Money Can’t Buy

I couldn’t resist sharing this video with you today…

An ordinary guy in an ordinary world living an ordinary life – but making an extraordinary difference.

Lean back, enjoy this 3-minute video and discover the six priceless payoffs he receives that money can’t buy!

This is why I do what I do… and if I start thinking about it, I can add quite a few more!

What are your favorite personal payoffs of your work and mission as a difference maker?

How not to give up too soon

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“Knowing that you’re called is a more trustworthy gauge for future success than seeing immediate results.” – Eva Berger


Today’s topic: What to do when a calling you’re trying to live out doesn’t seem to have results.

It’s something I’ve had to deal with personally a few times and I know how discouraging it can get. What I experienced, in the end, was very positive, though, and this is why I want to share with you some of my thoughts on it. 

Just the other day I went for a coffee with a dear friend of mine. In our conversation, she shared with me how she was very passionate about practicing Shiatsu (a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan) but recently had gotten rather discouraged. 

Continue reading “How not to give up too soon”