Success is so much more likely when you have an Impact Thought Leader Thesis!
- Your Impact Thought Leadership Thesis is your active starting point of a relationship. It should intrigue, challenge, and inspire even people already familiar with you.
- Your Thought Leader Thesis should help start a relationship where none exists, and it should enhance existing relationships.
First consider these three questions inspired by Jack Canfield:
- What are two qualities I most love expressing in life? (Love, joy, passion, leadership, courage, empathy, …)
- What are two ways I most love expressing those qualities?
(Writing, speaking, creating, networking, inspiring, empowering mentoring …)
- What would the world look like if it were perfect right now, according to me? (For me, everyone would be having their maximum positive personal impact in a context of compassion and understanding.)
Once you have answers to all three questions, you can combine them into a single statement that is your Impact Thought Leader Thesis of how you think you can make something better.
In other words, what’s your IDEA of how to make that happen!
For instance my thesis right now might be something like this:
“Through my passion and leadership in the next 12 months, I will create a movie that will inspire 5,000 people to realize that they ARE making an impact whether they want to or not and help them realize they can make that impact exponential by proactively using art, science and technology to spread positive impact to others.”
Note: You start with the thesis and then you have to PROVE it!
That takes passion, so I recommend starting with the Passion Test.
You start by filling in the blank 15 times for the following statement:
“When my life is ideal, I am ___.”
The word(s) you choose to fill in the blank must be a verb.
Identify the top 5 choices.
- Compare statements #1 and #2 to identify which is most important. Take the winner of that comparison and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #3. and so on until you’ve identified the passion that is most meaningful to you.
- Repeat the process with the remaining 14 statements to identify your second choice.
- Then repeat the process until you’ve pinpointed your top 5 passions.
Next, create markers for each of your top five passions, so that you can look at your life and easily tell whether you are living that passion.
For me, a marker might be:
“When I’m helping people live their vision I’m giving at least 12 workshops, masterminds and events a year for at least 10,000 people total, and at each event, people are coming up afterwards and saying, ‘You’ve really empowered me to create massive impact.’”
Try these exercises and write out your Impact Thought Leader Thesis today, because it will help you know where you want to go and because it can tell you if you are getting there.
All the best,