world-hands“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
~ Barack Obama

No, this isn’t a political commentary. (Phew!) It is a life commentary.

You know those times when life seems to serve up one kick-in-the-ass reminder after another? They feel like the Universe tapping you on the shoulder (or clobbering you over the head) to say, “Seriously? How long are you going to lolly-gag around? I’ve given you these gifts and these ideas. When will you begin?”

I don’t know about you, but recently, they’ve been coming daily – endless reminders of the same message: The world needs us.

For 13 years, no matter what I’ve talked about – resilience, leadership, strengths, purpose, happiness – you’ve wanted to talk about what holds you back in your own life and work. “Why can’t I do what makes me come alive – right now?” you ask.

And because you are who you are, what makes you come alive is really, really good stuff!

You don’t want to talk about how to get rich and famous, or how to sell some needless widget. No, your ideas are about changing people’s lives, making a difference, and feeling like this life really matters.

Here’s what I want to tell you: The sheer volume of unrecognized strengths, unrealized brilliance and un-manifested ideas among you could change the world.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~ Anne Frank

The world does not need you to do someone else’s work, adopt someone else’s strengths or mirror someone else’s brilliance. The world needs you to do what makes you come alive. The world needs your light.

The world needs you.

I’ve seen your eyes shine when you dare to say out loud how you would do it differently – or how you would do something completely different with you life – and how long you’ve dreamt of making it so. I’ve listened as you’ve described a life (and a world) where that pent-up energy is unleashed.

You would lead teams that have come alive, teach students who have come alive, and inspire others whose gifts are muted by the same inner critics and doubt that once stopped you.

We make it awfully complicated, and it is certainly not without its challenges, but Howard Thurman got it right. Our calling is singular: “Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

That will change the world.


Today’s reflection is at the core of The Unexpected Strengths of Leaders and Life Changers. (New title, same fabulous workshop.) If you register for the Dec. 9 workshop by Oct. 31st, you not only receive the early bird tuition, you will receive a complimentary one-hour pick-my-brain session, 1:1 with me via phone, Skype or in person.  Here’s the link.