Are You an Impact Maker? – Stop Self-Silencing Ep #1

By Fifi Mason

Welcome to the first episode of The Stop Self-Silencing mini-podcast series. This is a series that will dig into many topics from my mini-book Stop Self-Silencing (available on Amazon now).

Throughout the mini-series, we will dive deep into what it means to make an impact.
Better understand what might be holding you back and learn all about what I call self-silencing.

Awareness is the first step to help you breakthrough this self-imposed barrier.

So have a listen, or keep reading if you are ready to embrace who you truly are and show up as your authentic self for those you want to uplift, guide and inspire.

What or Who is an Impact Maker?

Impact makers could be online life coaches, experts in a specific field, budding authors, speakers, entrepreneurs, or simply individuals who want to help others and make a positive change in the world.

Imagine someone who not only dreams of change but actively pursues it.
These are individuals who don’t just walk past challenges; they tackle them head-on. They’re passionate, determined, and driven by a desire to guide, inspire and help people.

The Four Characteristics of an Impact Maker

1. Resilience

Resilience is an extraordinary quality that allows us to navigate through life’s challenges and emerge stronger. It’s not just about bouncing back from setbacks; it’s about adapting, learning, and growing in the face of adversity. Resilience is the inner strength that helps us endure and thrive, even when circumstances are tough.

It’s also important to recognise resilience isn’t innate; that some people have and others don’t. It’s a set of behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed over time (as can many of the characteristics of an impact maker).

In essence, resilience is the art of staying strong, flexible, and optimistic, even when the life shift unexpectedly.

It’s about holding onto hope when it would be easier to drown in despair and sadness, and finding ways to move forward, even when the path isn’t clear.

2. Empathy

For us quieter types, empathy can be our way of forming strong connections without needing to be the loudest in the room. We might not always speak up first, but we’re often the ones who listen the most intently. And in that listening, we’re able to understand and relate to others on a much deeper more personal level.

Empathy is like this emotional language that doesn’t always need words. It’s about being there, truly present, and showing someone that their feelings matter, that they’re not alone.

3. Vision

A vision is your guiding light, showing you the way even when the path isn’t clear. It’s not just about where you want to go, but who you want to be along the journey.

For instance, a vision could be as big as wanting to change the make society or political change, or as personal as aspiring to live a life filled with creativity and joy.

Vision isn’t just a static picture; it’s dynamic and evolves as we grow and learn. It requires not just imagination but also the courage to challenge the status quo and think outside the box. It’s about seeing beyond the immediate obstacles and focusing on the potential of what could be.

4. Desire and Ability to Inspire and Motivate Others

Think about it this way – as an impact maker, your role often becomes one of a guide.

You’re not just leading the way but also lighting the path for others. Paths that they may not have seen yet. It’s about sharing your vision in a way that excites others, that makes them want to be a part of the journey you’re on.

Then there’s the aspect of motivation. This isn’t just about cheering from the sidelines; it’s about actively helping others find their own ‘why’ – their personal reasons for pursuing their goals. True motivation helps people tap into their own strength and determination.

So, when we talk about the desire and ability to guide, inspire, and motivate, it’s about being more than a leader; it’s about being a catalyst for positive change and a guide on the journey towards it. It’s one of the most fulfilling parts of being an impact maker.

 Reflect On Your Own Impact Maker Journey

Take a moment to reflect now and think about your life, your passions. What is it that drives you? What change do you yearn to see in the world?

Perhaps you’re already on this journey, or maybe you’re just starting to explore these thoughts. Remember, no matter where you are in this process, you’re on a meaningful path, and that’s what truly matters.

The 5 Why’s Exercise

Now, I’d like you to go a bit deeper, and for this, I want to introduce you to a powerful tool known as the ‘5 Whys’ exercise.

This exercise is a fantastic way to drill down into your motivations and get to the core of your purpose.

It begins with one simple yet profound question: “What do you see in the world that you want to change?”

Once you have an answer, ask yourself ‘Why?’ five times.

For example, if your goal is to promote mental health awareness in men, your first ‘Why?’ might be because you believe many people suffer in silence.

The second ‘Why?’ could explore why you think this issue is overlooked, and so on.

By the time you reach the fifth ‘Why?’, you’ll often find you’ve uncovered a deeply personal and compelling reason for your passion.

Understanding your core purpose in this way is incredibly empowering. It gives your actions direction and your efforts a deeper sense of meaning. When you’re clear about why you’re doing what you’re doing, it’s easier to stay motivated, overcome challenges, and truly make an impact.

So, give the ‘5 Whys’ exercise a try. It could be a real game-changer in how you understand and approach your mission to make a difference in the world.

Being an Impact Maker

Of course, the path of an Impact Maker isn’t without its challenges. Self-doubt, difficulty in communicating those ideas, and sometimes resistance to the ideas and change in the outer world, the journey can be tough.

One of the biggest challenges is self-silencing – when we hold back our true selves and ideas. This is a self-made barrier many of create for fear of what might happen. Throughout this mini-series I will dive deeper into this challenge and how you can navigate around it.

So if you have a desire to help others, then you are an impact maker.

I encourage you to start thinking about where you can make your impact. Maybe it’s in your local community, your workplace, or perhaps in a personal passion project.

If you have a story to share, or if you’re on your own journey to becoming an Impact Maker, I’d love to hear from you, comment below or reach out on social.

In the next episode I look at the importance of authenticity and being true to yourself. But FYI – All episodes are available to listen right away on Spotify and YouTube. Great if you’re a binge listener like me!

Until then, keep striving, keep shining, and remember – you have the power to make an impact.

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