One of the core values at Ignite is “Humans” meaning we focus on the whole-being, understanding that true empowerment comes from personal-growth and self-awareness. The world doesn’t need a few Superheroes; it needs a large number of real people (rising above themselves) living as heroes. Having the courage to do, not conform to someone’s expectations, and become who they truly want to be.
To discover who you really are, you must go beyond who you think you are.
~ Deepak Chopra, Metahuman
It’s not easy changing yourself, but it’s necessary if you want to lead an impactful life. Here are four steps that you can start today to go beyond who you think you are, and in turn Ignite humanity in a positive way.
Stop comparing yourself to others
Most people compare themselves to others. The presence of social media has made this an everyday occurrence for society as a whole. You open Instagram or Facebook and see other people living amazing lives that you wish you had. Maybe you see a friend posting pictures from their recent trip or a photo of her standing in front of the Lotus she recently purchased. Looking at these pictures starts to make you feel bad about yourself.
Here’s a little secret about social media… much of it is based on people pretending to be something they are not. All you see is what is shown in the photograph and you know nothing about what’s really going on -- and that can leave out a lot of significant context. What you don’t realize is that your friend spends her money frivolously, and has to work extra hours every week at a job she hates in order to make the monthly payments on the Lotus that she can barely afford in the first place. Does it still seem like she’s having fun?
So stop comparing yourself to others. Trust who you are, believe in yourself, and stay true to your core values.
Be as authentic and genuine as possible
What does it mean to be
and genuine? It means many things. Part of it means being principled in your beliefs, part of it means not lying in an attempt to make yourself look better, and the last part means stating how you actually think and feel.
Authenticity is about presence, living in the moment with conviction and confidence and staying true to yourself. An authentic person puts the people around them at ease, like a comforting, old friend who welcomes us in and makes us feel at home.
There’s never any doubt or questioning the integrity of an authentic individual. Their behavior, in terms of ethics and morals, is as predictable as snow during wintertime in Alberta. You know what you’re going to get.
Authenticity has faced something of a public relations crisis in recent times. It seems the word has lost meaning because it’s now ubiquitous across many markets. Everyone wants to be authentic, though the people who preach its virtue often don’t understand exactly what the word means.
First and foremost, to become more authentic and to seek this out in others, we need to be open-minded. We attract the people and things we want in life when we’re open-minded and receptive. This often leads us to opportunities and new ways of thinking that expand our minds and lead us to ideas that help us better understand our true self.
Generosity and Empathy
Generosity is about giving to other people without expecting anything in return. Unfortunately, many people view generosity one-dimensionally, viewing it as the act of giving money away, often to charities. This, however, is an incredibly limited view of what generosity really means. You can be generous by giving your time through a service, a good deed, or just some advice.
The key to generosity, however, is that you cannot expect anything in return. If you’re giving money away simply because you expect it to improve your status, or to lower your taxes, then you’re not actually being generous.
One way to get started is to find an organization to volunteer at on weekends even if it’s just for one or two hours. Not only will you be helping others, but you might also meet some interesting people along the way.
Empathy is another incredible trait to adopt. Empathy is the ability to listen to other people’s problems and understand what they are going through. You’d be surprised at what people are willing to share when you simply become empathetic to them and allow them to open up -- which every Ignite author knows to be true!
When you’re both empathetic and generous with others, you can grow closer to the people that matter in your life. Even when the favor isn’t returned, you’ll find that your generosity and empathy will be rewarded eventually. Maybe the young entrepreneur you reassured will become the next big tech CEO five years from now and he will have you to thank. Or perhaps you help a friend share their story that will help them become a best-selling author, and they in-turn will help you launch your consulting business.
Improve and Change What Is Closest To You
Many people believe that having an impact on the world requires you to make sweeping changes, however, this simply isn’t true. Many people who have changed the world did so not by focusing on changing nations, but by focusing on improving and changing what they are already familiar with, including themselves.
One example of that is Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus. Rosa wasn’t aiming to change the world -- she was simply making a small gesture to demonstrate that she believed segregation was unethical and unfair. Yet the small gesture changed the world by bringing attention to the civil rights movement at the time.
Igniting the world does not require making massive actions. Sometimes all it takes is trying to fix and improve what’s closest to you and affects you personally. Maybe you have a friend who is lonely and lives in fear -- you can lend them an ear and listen to their frustrations. If you talk to them, there’s a chance you can stop them from making a rash decision that could harm themselves so show them how to unlock their power.
You can often make a bigger impact by trying to change and improve what’s closest to you rather than trying to change the entire world at once. So recognize that you can change the world -- starting today -- simply by changing yourself.
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As you know, five weeks ago we shifted our international book launches in anticipation of what we see happening today with restricted travel and social distancing. Despite the current climate, we keep thinking BIG, IMPACTFUL and INCLUSIVE. We want our next book launches for Ignite the Female Change Maker, Ignite Your Lovelife, Ignite the Goddess Within and Ignite the Warrior Soul to be true celebrations of success.
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