In order to stay positive in life, I always try to find the good in a bad situation. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. But I honestly believe that actually doing something about the issues that concern me, give me hope, even if busy parents like me struggle with that. That’s why I love the Personal Impact Canvas created by top-level digital strategist and social impact advocate, Caleb Gardner.
(Oh, and he’s also a very cool dad and great friend to CMP.)
The Canvas is essential a printable self-reflection tool and organizer all in one. Just download the form and take some time to fill it out.
It essentially helps you narrow down the issues you care about the most, and, more importantly, realize how you can truly work to make an impact in those areas.
And considering Caleb has used similar roadmaps and thought processes in working for clients from C-Suite executives to Organizing for Action (you might better know it as BarackObama.com,) we’re lucky to get access to his guidance for free.
Related: TogetherList makes it easier to do more good in the world on #GivingTuesday
The worksheet is a simple, but really genius way to help you identify the constraints you have toward taking action regarding the causes you’re passionate about. For me, I’m concerned about a lot of what’s happening in this country right now, but I’ve identified that I’m constrained by lack of childcare and the need to feel safe. In other words, I was able to pinpoint that taking a day to go to a protest or a march is probably not best way for me to make an impact. Therefore, I don’t feel guilty if I don’t sign up to attend them.
On the other hand, I was also able to identify my assets, so I can focus on applying them to where I can potentially do the most good in the most meaningful way.
Of course, as helpful as the Personal Impact Canvas worksheet will be for so many of us who want to “be the good,” as I tell my daughters, we may not see the impact of all our positive actions right away. But they do give us all a path forward. And nothing bad ever comes out of that.