Jan 2, 2023
Who are the unsung heroes in your life? In this special new year’s message, your host Nicole Jansen recognizes a few of her faithful friends and family members who have supported, encouraged, and challenged her to be better, do better, and make a greater impact. Specifically, those who have never been a featured guest on this show.
Why? Because some of the greatest Leaders of Transformation operate behind the scenes. You have them in your life too. Perhaps you are one of them.
As Nicole shares in this brief episode, we invite you to consider who in your life has made a positive impact.
Who has been there to challenge you, disrupt your point of view, and love you through to the next level? Who has made your day better in some way, and helped change the trajectory of your attitude and focus?
Leaders of Transformation come in many forms.
Perhaps it’s a parent, sibling, relative, friend, pastor, teacher, boss, co-worker, or coach.
Maybe it’s the cashier who made you feel appreciated that day, the police officer who came to your rescue - or let you off on a ticket with an encouraging word to drive safe. Or maybe it's the one who gave you the ticket so that you'd learn not to do that again.
Perhaps it’s the mean boss who gave you a hard time and inspired you to leave and start your own business. Or your first client, investor, or vendor who took a chance on you.
When you see any person who has accomplished anything know that there is a whole army of people behind them lifting them up.
There are no self-made millionaires just as there are no self-made leaders of transformation.
Who is behind you? Who's made a difference in your life?
And what if big was small and small was big?
Tony Robbins may never be a guest on this podcast, but he's made a huge impact in Nicole’s life through his transformational work. He once asked a participant that question and it’s stuck with her ever since.
What if the big things you want to accomplish are small in the grand scheme of life, and the small acts of caring and sharing are the big things that transform lives daily?
Other than Jesus, the greatest Leader of Transformation of all time, Leaders of Transformation are not perfect. But they keep going. They keep believing, hoping, dreaming, learning, growing, and taking action. Little steps daily create big waves of impact long-term.
Every single day we have the opportunity to be a Leader of Transformation. In our homes, at the store, in our community, with our friends, and in our workplace.
What if big was small and small was big?
We’ll still be featuring amazing Leaders of Transformation on this podcast in 2023 and beyond (God willing). Just keep in mind that the big ripples of impact they’re making didn’t start big. They first learned to lead themselves, then in their family, their circle of friends, colleagues and so forth.
You can do the same. As Tim Storey said in Episode 300, we need to learn how to think big in small places. This helps the best Leaders of Transformation in the world stay humble, passionate, compassionate, and in pursuit of never-ending improvement.
Leaders of Transformation take action. So today:
#1) Take stock of the unsung heroes in your life.
#2) Consider the small steps you can take every day to transform the world around you.
Transformation is defined as “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance”.
Every time you turn someone’s frown into a smile, you cause positive transformation.
Every time you shift your conversation with another person from criticism to curiosity, frustration to fascination, you are catalyzing transformation in that moment.
Every time you ask yourself, how can I be better OR how can this be improved, you are opening the door to transformation.
#3) Pick an area of your life that you’d like to transform this year.
There are 3 steps to transformation:
Be honest with yourself as to how you’re doing, who you are being, and what you need to improve on. Make a decision, and then take action daily towards your desired goal.
You can do it, and it’s worth it.
And lastly, be kind to yourself.
You can’t love others if you don’t first love yourself. You’re going to make mistakes. That’s a given. The key is learning from your mistakes so you can be better next time.
We hope this episode inspires you to be the Leader of Transformation that you’re capable of being.
Thank you for making a difference.
God bless you and happy new year!