If You Think You’re Too Small to Have an Impact

Friday 31 May 2019 - Posted by Julia McCutchen

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” Dame Anita Roddick

What a magnificent reminder about the power of perspective!

Unfamiliar Territory

Whenever I find myself at the start of something new, a part of me feels extremely small.

In fact the greater the uncertainty, the smaller and more vulnerable this part of me feels.

Stepping willingly into unfamiliar territory that’s way beyond the boundary of my comfort zone is uncomfortable to say the least.

A Single Question

However, my experience of personal and professional evolution has revealed a single question that leads me to shift into gear rather than remain stuck in familiar grooves.

It’s a simple but powerful question…

Who is feeling small?

An Aspect of Identity

Approaching this as an inquiry instantly triggers the reminder that the part of me which is feeling small is not who I truly am.

It’s an aspect of my identity that’s been conditioned to interpret life in a particular way which more often than not includes the illusory safety of staying small.

Yet making an impact in the sense of contributing something of real value in a way that’s truly authentic is a deep calling in me, just as it is with the majority of people I work with.

A Distinct Quality

In my experience, the most effective way to do that is to embody your core values, speak with a true voice and show up consistently as the real you.

When you’re in alignment with what’s truly important, you’re more able to live from your depth.

When you live from your depth, there’s a distinct quality that ripples out just from being who you are that invariably makes more of an impact than you realize.

So next time you think you’re too small to make an impact:

  • Remember the wise words of Anita Roddick who may have been a small woman in stature but who certainly made a major impact with her authentic approach to business.
  • Reconnect with your true nature through meditation, conscious movement, spending time in nature or whatever works best for you to return to your inner core.
  • Re-align yourself with what you truly care about and the purpose you feel drawn to serve that’s greater than the part of you which feels small; then focus your attention on that!

What are your thoughts and feelings about making an impact? Please share your comments below. Thank you!


    • Thank you for your comment Sue. It’s good to hear that this has been a useful reminder for you and I very much appreciate you sharing that with me.

    • I agree about the photo Daphne – it does convey a feeling of expansion doesn’t it. In fact that’s exactly what I was hoping to convey with this post so I’m delighted that it’s worked for you!

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