The impact of your efforts is the amount of energy transferred, from the force generated by your efforts, to something or someone else. There are five elements in your impact. They each influence your efforts and subsequent impact. The question is, who is controlling these elements? You? Consciously? Unconsciously? Someone else? Consciously? Unconsciously?
The five elements are:
- the purpose that determines the direction and magnitude of your efforts
- why you are doing it and the intensity with which you do it
- Is it your purpose, that you arrived at consciously, or a purpose that you accepted unconsciously?
- the framing of the efforts
- your understanding of what to do, towards that purpose
- Is it an understanding that you have developed and tested for yourself, or a “should” that someone else placed on you?
- what moves you
- your feelings about your purpose and efforts
- Do your feelings reflect your experience of the alignment of your purpose and your efforts, or are your feelings fed by someone else’s fuel, something they persuaded you to do?
- outputs of your efforts
- choices made about what specific efforts to take
- Are you choosing your efforts consciously, or are your actions guided by someone else?
- the results, in the past, of your efforts
- Are you choosing how you assess the outcomes of your efforts, or are you accepting someone else’s definition of successful outcomes?
I observe three ways that people engage these five elements of impact.
- “Most of the Time” Impact
- Most of the time, most of us human beings seem to be accepting someone else’s definitions of all five elements–someone else is completely in control of our impact.
- “Some of the Time” Impact
- Some of the time, some of us seem to be in control of some of these elements–the rest of the elements are either under the control of our own subconscious or someone else.
- “Choice” Impact
- Every now and then, someone shows us how to integrate all five elements, at the same time, into one choice, a choice to completely control their impact. They choose their purpose, their understanding of how to frame their efforts towards their purpose. They experience whether there is alignment between their purpose, their experience, and the outcomes they achieve. They adjust the choices they make about their efforts, along the way, learning from what increases impact in any given context. And, they choose how to define success, determining how they assess what actually happened from their efforts.
It seems that we Homo lumens are designed to be able to choose the outcomes, experience, interactions, and agreements we want. Most of us do not, most of the time, letting someone else choose for us. And, we are completely capable of making that choice, to control our impact–the energy we transfer to another through our efforts–for ourselves and by ourselves. It is a choice.