I’m a writer by trade, so words have a lot of meaning to me. I’ve got two journalism degrees, and write everything from social media posts to newsletters and web stories to magazine features now.
But most of the time, it’s not really my words I’m focusing on.
It’s the quotes of others and the stories they tell that matter day in and day out. But on a nighttime car ride with a dear friend last night, we started talking. I love those kind of talks. The ones that are big and bold. The ones that aren’t afraid. The ones that give you hope and strength. The ones that speak to your soul.
In the middle of one of one of the rounds of our talk, I stumbled onto a thought. We think a lot about the work we are doing – at home, at work and everywhere in between. We plan it, measure it and track it.
And I think more often than not, we forget what actually matters. This is what I came up with…
“Don’t measure the work you are doing.
Measure the impact you have.”
Really, I’m kind of proud. That’s my own thought. My own quote. The friend I was with is an incredible big-picture thinker. She comes up with the best ideas, the best thoughts. So yeah, a little part of me was just proud at what I thought.
But really. Imagine if this was what we spent our time focusing on. What would that look like? So this week, this month, this year? I’ll do the work I need to, but I’m going to set my sights on the impact I’m having.