What Changing the World REALLY Means

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You have the ability to change the world.

I imagine that you either think, "I can't do that." or "Shit, that's a huge responsibility - how will I do that?" or "YES! I am superwoman!!!" or perhaps something totally different, however, this post is for you if your internal response fell into the "no way" or the" how" camp.

More than 7 Billion people inhabit planet earth.

My work and yours will likely not be known personally by the majority of those people. To put it in perspective, I have a busy coaching business - last year I worked directly with 200+ women in some capacity.  Let's also count the women that read my newsletter and/or subscribe to my blog - maybe I'm up to 1,000 lives that I'm touching directly. Oh, let's not forget the people that I see in my daily life that are impacted by my worldview....

So in 2011, let's say that I directly touched the lives of 1,500 people.

My calculator can't even calculate a percentage that small - not enough decimal places. That seems depressing, if you have any sort of urge to change the world. Or it's affirmation that what we do doesn't really matter, right?

That teeny percentage doesn't account for the ripple effect.

Every one of those gorgeous human beings that I worked with, wrote for, taught to, or saw in my day to day life? Well, they touch others, who touch others, who touch others. Many of the women I work with (if not all of them) also coach or heal or otherwise change lives - and those lives also touch and change more lives.

I figure that my personal ripple, quickly turns into a tidal wave when you think of all the people that are positively impacted by the insight, inspiration, and change that occurs when the women I work with become peaceful and empowered to change the way they "do" money and business.

So I don't have to try and get bigger or create a behemoth company, unless I want to. I can support the women who want to work with me with the sure knowledge that my influence goes further than my eye can possibly see.

Guess what? That is true for you, too.

We are all connected - a recent study found that we are not separated by 6 degrees, but only 5. There's no pressure - there is nothing extra for you to do or be. Whether you are on fire for your work or you are still searching for your purpose, whether you have 2 clients or 200, whether you are profitable or not (yet) - you are changing the world.

YOU are changing the world. Yes. YOU.

Just by being you... and that is what changing the world REALLY means.

Isn't that awesome?

Namasté, radiant one!

17 comments

Ooh, yes, I love how you think. Whenever I think about making a difference, I want to help large numbers of people. Yet, it is the ripple effect that does the work. Plus, planting seeds for others to help others. This is a great reminder...one that I need at times. Thank you.

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Julia Barnickle Jun 7, 2012 01:05pm

Thank you Nona! I've recently realised that I have been equating my value with "doing" rather than "being" - so to be reminded that I am changing the world just by being me is very comforting!

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Oh, I love this post! YES, I am out to change the world, and yes, sometimes it seems that my sphere is too small. But your reminder of the ripple effect is so true, and I needed to hear it today! :-) Funny how the universe brings you exactly what you need.

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Hilary Parry | Tarot by Hilary Jun 8, 2012 03:04pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you. This relates so much to my line of work (tarot)... and I think all the fatalists that I read the cards for need to see this post. Sometimes when the cards come out, they say, "Well, there's nothing I can do." (Which is untrue!) I'll need to cite the ripple effect the next time they start throwing a pity party for themselves! :)

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Rebecca Macfarlane Jun 6, 2012 06:23pm

Your post gave me a boost of energy and positivity that I really needed today! I've heard that study before but hadn't really considered in the context of my business activities and Doing Good (which is what I'm all about!) I love this perspective and it certainly has tamed the overwhelmed, critical voice for me today! Awesome? You betcha! :)

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Karen Ribeiro Jun 6, 2012 08:05pm

Girlfriend, you are a rockstar! This "stream" of rich consciousness is exactly what we need to see that every time we speak and share from the heart, and take the extra bit of energy that "floods" right back to us, we ARE jumping into and increasing the flow or wave of natural inspiration!!

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LOVE IT, Nona! Especially the bit about how we're not separated by six degrees of separation, but five! I agree so much about the ripple effect - we don't often think of it that way, but that's what actually happens. Even if you only affect a tenth of a tenth of a percent of people positively in your lifetime, each of those people will go forth and help others, and so on.

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rebecca @ altared spaces Jun 7, 2012 03:55pm

I totally get your numbers and they are a comfort to me. Sometimes I even think that by healing myself I am making a contribution to the world. When I become more peaceful I don't snap at the grocery clerk, I ask about her day instead. Perhaps I even offer a bit of compassion or kindness. Which ripples as you say. The micro is the macro when we truly attend.

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Martine Brennan Jun 6, 2012 09:29pm

I couldn't handle the 'BIG'..I probably don't even want to but creating a ripple, this I can do..happily and easily.Thank you Nona, I love your take on business and living. x

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Nona, this is exactly it! Even more our ripples all intersect making gorgeous patterns in the planet's energy. Hooray for changing the world in every small way! Hugs and butterflies, ~Teresa~

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Leah Shapiro Jun 7, 2012 09:42pm

Nona!!! I always love what you share. I'm a firm believer that your only job is to be 100% You. When you do that you bring all the little bits and pieces that only you can share out into the world! I'm often told that I inspire people...just by fully showing up and being me. I like it because there is nothing easier. ( I admit- I'm kind of lazy, LOL!) Thanks for sharing your juicy goodness with us!

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Kelle Sparta - Thought Alchemist Jun 7, 2012 04:39pm

Dear Noona, I often have these same thoughts as I go through my day. After spending my entire life as a coach (some of my high school yearbook signatures read like my coaching testimonials today), I have discovered one thing - you never know how you affect people. I've had people who I've never worked with tell me that something I said to them in passing (and have no memory of saying) changed their lives. I make an effort to spread a smile wherever I go. I see this as a major way in which I increase the size of my personal tidal wave. Thanks so much for this reminder!

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Patty Tanji Jun 7, 2012 01:38am

Yes I am! One connection at a time.I love the idea of imagining how many people I touched/influenced/made angry/happy etc. Its infinite! Thanks for the reminder!

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Marita Rahlenbeck Jun 8, 2012 04:42am

Your words are both encouraging and somehow put a weight of responsibility upon my shoulders...And I kinda like that and I don't. They essentially challenge me to Do My Work - the reason I am here, on the planet at this time....Which I do, every day, yet somehow thinking of the responsibility is rather awe inspiring and overwhelming at the same time.

Paradox...I think it's called. My world is one of Paradox. *smile*

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Rebecca P. Cohen Jun 7, 2012 12:46pm

Yes!!!!! Thank you Nona; your words are a great way to start my day.

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I am trying. Thanks for your words of encouragement to all of us.

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Dana frost Jun 7, 2012 05:30pm

I will trust when I need to reboot my inspiration to come to you. This post is honey to my soul. Big hugs!

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