Do you want to stand out from the rest and positively impact the world? Are you eager to rise above your problems and make a real difference in your life and the lives of others? Then here’re core behaviors to develop!
Part of Kathy Caprino’s new series “Accessing The Most Powerful Version of You”
Look around you and you’ll see three kinds of people – those who dislike their work and complain bitterly, those who just tolerate their work and see it as a paycheck and aren’t looking for more (or believe they can’t have more), and finally, those who love their work and relish it. The third category is a small subset of all professionals globally, but this group stands out because these are, most often, the people who change the world for the better.
My work as a career success coach, speaker and writer connects me with people who’ve made a true and measurable impact in the world – including well-known experts, authors, researchers, journalists, scientists, innovators, business geniuses, and entrepreneurs.
But among this group of world influencers, there are also everyday people who have found a special niche in which they’ve contributed at the highest level. And most often, those people are coming from a place of love and compassion, and deep service.
It’s critical to note that people who’ve made a real difference aren’t all privileged, advantaged, or “special” by any stretch. Many come from disadvantaged families, crushing circumstances and initially limited capabilities, but have found ways to pick themselves up and rise above these circumstances (and their genes) to transform their own lives and those around them.
Researching these makers, shakers and disruptors, and working with my own clients who shape the world around them in powerful and constructive ways, I’ve observed 9 key behaviors that set them apart – habitual ways of behaving and approaching life and work that distinguish them from those who long to make a difference but can’t or won’t find the way.
The 9 core behaviors of people who positively impact the world:
1. They dedicate themselves to what gives their life meaning and purpose.
Thousands of people today don’t believe in meaning and purpose as something to discover or pursue in life. But those with positive influence feel otherwise. They have found that there is a purpose to their life, and that purpose usually involves some aspect of turning their “mess into a message,” or using what they’ve learned (often the hard way) as a means of being of service to others.
People with a sense of purpose are driven, focused, committed, and lit up from the inside – unable to be deterred or distracted from what they believe is the reason they’re on this planet at this time.
This sense of meaning and purpose gives them inexhaustible drive and offers guideposts to follow along the path – it informs them of what they wish to attend to in life, and what they need to walk away from because it doesn’t support their higher purpose.
2. They commit to continually growing and bettering themselves.