What choices would you make differently if it changed the course of someone else’s life?
“Our freedom of choice impacts others and the world. As a small, local business, we can make choices that can help solve big, global problems.” Mag Secretario
I believe Global Interdependence as a concept is more than international trade and that it extends to all relationships on many levels including with our natural environment, our health & wellbeing. The UN Sustainable Development Goals were created in 2015, although the journey getting there has been a very long one and is a great example of interdependence at a scale like never before. It’s also more than sustainability or preserving the planet for our future generations. As coaches, social entrepreneurs and people who want to make a difference in the world, it’s an opportunity to align what we do with the bigger picture and here’s why.
I’ve been sharing a little about Independence, Interdependence, Freedom and even a bit about Interdependent relationships and how it could improve your health in earlier posts. I know it sounds like a stretch but studies, projects and concepts like the Blue Zone Project, are discovering and proving the benefits of the above topics to larger communities and populations. Imagine that your work can not only help your client’s health and wellbeing, but it can also help the planet and people who are far less fortunate than us, what would that look like?
Here are three things you can do to align more fully and deeper with your meaningful work while changing others’ lives.
“Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you.” Bernie Siegel
- Choose one, two or three of the UN Sustainable Goals as your guiding purpose, your ikigai
As coaches & healers, Goal 3: Good health and well-being seems like a natural fit, but you have many other goals you are passionate about. We also know that ‘something greater than ourselves’ is an important factor to wellbeing but it’s also the reason we get up each morning! Create ‘Purpose sessions or workshops’ to inspire others to create their own vision, anchors, North star, whatever you name it. More on ikigai and sustainable development in future posts.
- Align with your favorite charity organization.
Giving back when you are able will obviously boost the welfare of others, but it can also benefit your business. The greatest surprise may be the benefit to your own physical, mental and emotional health, your happiness! Here’s my fav organization, B1G1 (Buy 1, Give 1) and their latest inspirational project called Legacy. Check out how it works and how it can align with your vision.
- Give locally.
In your own community, there are many opportunities. Find one that works for you but makes it personal and regular activity. For example, shop Goodwill (and charity shops in London), participate in community gardens, educate other businesses, start Mohais (模合) (a tribe of likeminded people) to share time together doing what you enjoy or volunteer your time, the most valuable commodity to your people.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey Hepburn
I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’m here in your service. Let’s chat!