You may think you know what it means, but I have a different twist on it. I recently explained this when I was able to speak at Speaker’s Night at the Little People of America Conference in San Diego this year. My overall theme for my speech was “Use Your Challenges to Inspire Change”.
I wanted to share it with you:
Sienna is one of my 15-year-old twin daughters. She has a rare form of Dwarfism called Primordial Dwarfism and a rare brain diagnosis called Dandy Walker. Combining those with her other medical issues has given her many challenges in her life so far beginning with a 108 day stay in the NICU. Yet, those challenges don’t keep her down.
One of the major things Sienna wants out of life is to make people smile. She loves to make them laugh.
She’s a great example of using her challenges to inspire change.
It is often said that “necessity is the mother of invention”, but I take it a step further.
I say, “Challenge is the catalyst to change.”
Life is all about perspective, so if we can shift our thoughts from thinking of our challenges as problems and start thinking of them as purpose, it makes life a lot easier.
It allows us to take the focus off of ourselves. Each of us is given circumstances throughout our lives, whether they’re good circumstances or they’re bad circumstances; it’s our duty to use them for the greater good. And we can do this by using our challenges to inspire change.
Change is happening all around us. It happens whether we want it to or not. Sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is…not so good. So, it’s up to each of us to make the changes happen that we want to see happen. It’s up to us to make changes that are GREAT!
How do you do that?
You simply ThinkBIG!
You might initially think that means to think globally, think tall, or dream big.
Those are great things to think, but what I’m actually saying is…
“ThinkBIG” is all about reminding you that you were Born to Inspire Greatness.
You were born to make a difference. You were born to make a difference no matter what your position is in life, no matter your education level, no matter your financial level…no matter what! You were born to inspire great things!
So what great changes can you inspire?
Here are just a few:
Some of the tangible things Sienna and I have done to inspire change are:
You might look at those and think, “Yea, that’s great, Chrissy, but I can’t make changes happen. I live in a small town…I’m too old…I’m too young…I’m too poor….”
Bologna! Remember, YOU ARE BORN TO INSPIRE GREATNESS! You were born to make a difference no matter what your position is in life, no matter your education level, no matter your financial level…no matter what! You were born to inspire great things!
As my friend Ted Rubin, a social marketing strategy guru, says, “Welcome to the Age of Influence.”
We now live in a time when anyone can build an audience and effect change, advocate brands, build relationships, and make a difference.
ANYONE!! Thanks to social media, the Internet, easily accessible communications via phone and even overnight mail, we have such tremendous opportunities to spread our message, rally people behind us and inspire change.
So remember, no matter your size, your finances, your education level, your location, your race, your physical capabilities, your gender…YOU were BORN TO INSPIRE GREATNESS. The next time you experience a challenge, switch your perspective and find a way to turn your problem into your purpose and use your challenge to inspire change!