Updated: Jun 14, 2019
On this week's ABCA Calls from the Clubhouse podcast, they touched on the word impact. If you've read enough of my entries, you know that Impact is one of the words that I have chosen as a pillar of my mission.
Short summary, the discussion summed up Impact as a collection of contributions. Mike Rathwell (CEO Driveline Baseball), discussed his mission to make a daily contribution, rather than a daily impact. I really love that though.
While the word Impact is here to stay in my personal mission, I realize that making consistent contributions will directly correlate with the depth and breadth of that impact.
Mike also mentioned that Impact can be negative, which is why his focus is more on contribution. True, no doubt, but this got me thinking about adverbs and adjectives.
Contributions can be negative, too. People can be Encouraged or Inspired to do bad things that result in an Impact that leaves a scar that will never fully heal (Hitler anyone?). Or, as Mike mentioned, an meteor can crash into the Earth and kill all the dinosaurs.
The descriptive words make all the difference.
Contribute things that bring real value to others (thanks Sheets, you're doing great work...and the folks at Driveline Baseball are no slouches in their own right).
Impact the world around you in a positive way.
Encourage others during times of struggle.
Inspire confidence, excellence, and greatness.
It is not as much about what you do as it is about how you do it. Impacting, encouraging, and inspiring others are all a result of your contributions.
What kind of descriptive words will others attach to what you contribute?
Impact. Encourage. Inspire...and just this once (going forward, understand that it is implied)...Contribute.