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Calling All Ordinary People: “Here is your LEADERS QUEST"


YES, we need you because nobody’s minding the store

Many years ago, I read an article expressing that we all err greatly in thinking that the right people are in charge and taking care of all the myriad situations and problems in the world. What a let-down to consider that no one is looking out for our best interests. Crap. I wanted to continue my wishful thinking that smart, educated, knowledgeable individuals were working away on behalf of the rest of us less able folk.

Lucky for me I was raising kids and living a busy day-to-day existence so I didn’t have much time to reflect on such unpleasant thoughts – just the sweet bliss of hearth and home. As my kids grew up and eventually prepared to launch themselves into the world, I spent a lot of time reflecting on what I would do with myself during the next chapter of my life and it was on the horizon, looming ever closer. My searching eventually led me towards a new direction and career, which included a rich season of learning – and then a leadership challenge that changed my life.

The challenge was this - To find something in the world that I thought needed to be different or better - and then take this quest and turn it into something I could step into and use to take responsibility for my world.

From that moment forward, my life became interesting and alive. It opened wide as I realized for the first time that I could be part of something that was much larger than I imagined. As I asked myself, “What do I want to CAUSE?” I stepped into the delicious dance of becoming a messy, authentic, creative human being – complete with bumps, bruises, mishaps, failures, disappointments, surprises, learning, and finally transformation.

This entailed asking for help and stretching beyond what was comfortable. I went searching for mentors, resources, and fellow travelers as I took each new step along my journey. As a result, my life was never the same. I got to practice letting go of perfectionism, being right, and being careful. I stepped farther away from the judgments and expectations of others. I paid less attention to, “This is how we do things around here.” I began to release the idea that I would be good enough “someday” when I finally finished that Masters’ Degree.

There are no ordinary people. We all have a choice to step into the experiment of living life on purpose and when we do, we become inspirational to the people around us. As Jane Goodall says, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

The next time you hear someone complain that you aren’t doing things the way they’ve always been done, smile to yourself and know that you are on the right track!

Diane Sansom is a Work/Life Strategist at Opus 5 Inc. and will work with qualified individuals who want to learn how to bring more inspired impact into their lives!


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