When you decide to be a change-maker, the first thing you have to do is sign up for fear.
Seriously. Get over the fear now, because all change worth making is scary.
The second thing you have to do is set your expectations.
With any project, it is critical to think about your “worth it” number; your goals for the results, and return, you hope to receive.
You have you ask yourself:
- How many people do I need to reach in order to view my efforts as worthwhile?
- What result, if achieved, qualifies success?
- How much money do I need to make in order to consider doing this again?
For me, when it comes to my blogging, my “worth it” number is one.
If my blog post reaches and resonates with one person, it was worth the time and energy that it took to post.
However, not everyone is the same. People have different tolerances (and preferences) for risk and for reach.
All the same, there are a lot of actions/endeavors that will never be able to have such a low “worth-it” number.
For example, if you spent $25,000 to create an event and only one person showed up, it’s doubtful that you’d consider it a successful endeavor.
By setting your expectations, you create a barometer against which you can measure your efforts and outcomes.
Thinking and planning your goals ahead of time (before you do the actual work – before you take the effort to create something beautiful and unique,) is critical if you want to feel like it was worth the effort.
And if we’re going to have a world
filled with change-makers that works, we need people to keep being bold and following their passions.