Sometimes in life things won’t change, until we do something about it. There is only so long we can go on holding out for something to pay off before it’s time to take charge, and do something about it.
My definition of being a catalyst is someone who is willing to go beyond the norm, and make a difference not just in their lives, but in the lives of others. They are the real transformers.
If being a catalyst means stepping out on something even when it ‘feels’ uncertain, then so be it. For it would be a far greater tragedy to stay stagnant in a place, with an idea or a dream; having no influence, and no effect.
What good is it to build a million pound corporation if there is no greater purpose to it? What’s the point in writing this blog post if there isn’t something worth saying that could possibly spark an idea that helps another person.
Better still, what’s the point in having people in government if they don’t really care about anyone, but themselves. We only have one life, and we all have different dreams, skill sets and ideas… So here’s my idea. OK, two ideas:
1. Use whatever is in your hand, whether it be a talent, a skill, finance, business idea, time; and do something with it that makes you happy, but don’t just do it for that. Do it because it makes a difference in the lives of others too. There will be a far greater return if you do.
2. If you ever feel pushed into a corner, or finding yourself facing a difficult situation in business or in any area of life that demands a decision right now. Take a deep breathe, and take a leap of faith. Being a catalyst of change doesn’t mean you will always get it right, but it does mean being brave enough that even if we’re wrong; we did something anyway.
The power of what we can achieve is within the grasp our minds. We are a product of our thoughts, and like the proverb says; “As a man thinks, so he is.”
If you run a company, or a team and you’ve been thinking about doing something a little different why not try it. Apple did. Microsoft did. Google did. It’s far riskier in today’s world to do nothing, than to do something.
I’m putting this quote in because someone sent me today and I just thought it was perfect.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.