I’ve always dreamed of impacting the world and changing lives one at a time. I’ve stayed a student of personal growth and development. Why? Because I believe it has the power to change us individually, connect communities, be a catalyst to corporations, and transform countries around the world.
— John C. Maxwell

This year my phrase is “Freedom Through Discipline”.

I can see a Big Vision, not a vision that I own or one that I can do by myself, but also a vision which requires more of me than I have right now. To be able to do what the vison requires of me I have to become bigger than myself. I see this happening in two ways, one, by what my friend above says, becoming a “student of personal growth and development” and two, by connecting with other people who are better at things than I am. People with abilities some dormant and some active coming together to form a "Person" bigger than our selves.


Who is that "Person"? What does it look like? What are it’s characteristics, flaws and attributes?


As of today, this is the unknowable part.


I think this is the essence of being a "Multiplier", wherever you are and whatever you have chosen to be a part of, believing that in that space there exists a "person" who’s limbs, organs and nature are made up of individual humans but who’s heart and mind is made up from a shared vision between those individual people.


All my life I have felt called to a story bigger than mine alone. Many times it has made me feel different and isolated from the situations I am in. I can see this in my oldest diary entries from my childhood, as a teenager and then as an adult. Wisdom tells me that I don’t have a special monopoly on this feeling, that I am not the only person who ever felt like this. In our hearts all humans feel we have a special purpose that no one else can do, so, if we are lucky (and brave, probably more brave than lucky actually) our life becomes a hero’s journey of that quest. All this feels like cliché and is quite annoying to write, but there it is. 

John C. Maxwell said to start with self-development, (our personal heros’s journey) and gives us “15 invaluable laws of growth”

And Covey in “7-habits of highly effective people” says to work from our “Circle of Control”

Finally (in an act of true love for yourself) Amy Morin gives us “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” 

I am convinced this journey starts with radical-self-love. But more on that another day. 

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Circles of Control and Influence