Impactivity: What if You're Working Hard on All the Wrong Things? Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 601 KB
- ASIN : B01A7OOMF2
- Publication date : January 4, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 128 pages
- Publisher : Impactivity LLC; 3rd edition (January 4, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #139,386 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Within the first few chapters I was able to tell that I was not the target audience for this book, because this really was written for vision-oriented Christian entrepreneurs. I do not have the entrepreneur gene. At all. My heart for impacting the world is through relationships - my direct one-on-one contact with the lives I touch. Neither approach is wrong, because God is the originator of those desires, and He made people with different and unique strengths and weaknesses. For my own personality I didn't feel that I gained a lot from this book, but for those who want to build a business or pursue a specific dream, I think you'd find a lot more here than I did.
The principle that I enjoyed the most from this book was Unshackle. Sometimes it is hard to give ourselves permission to lay down responsibilities that do not truly belong to us, or to feel the freedom to follow our own Great Adventure rather than being caught up in Other People's Adventures. This is a message that is quite important for everyone, because pleasing people is such a common setback.
This book is the introduction to a set of five guidebooks meant to delve deeper into Higley's principles for Impactivity. If you are a Christian entrepreneur, I would recommend checking these out.
No, I have not yet sat down with it and gone through all the thinking and planning it suggests, but I can tell that the principles behind her suggestions make a lot of sense.
Note: this is the overview of her impactivity plan. To get all the details you need to read her 5 related books (all short.)
It's a common thing to read "self-help" books of "advice"... on how to rediscover purpose in life, follow your dream, organize your time and energy, declutter your life, dig deeper into discovering what God has planned for you in your Adventure and what you need to do to throw yourself whole-heartedly into embracing a life of impactful joy and purpose...
This small book is a mix of all those things.
There is often a tendency (especially in this procrastinator) to reread, carefully study, and plan to put those thoughts in that advice book into use... but then to put it off, forget it, let it slide, and return again to the continual frustrations of a life full of stress and lack of focus. It happens to me all the time. It may even happen this time. But I would very much like to implement many of the steps in this book, so I hope to reread it and think about these things further.
It's a quick read, and written in a gripping, easy to grasp sort of way. It's from a Christian perspective, which I was glad of, and hit a perfect balance of pointing out that without God at the center, the rest will fall apart, but also of giving helpful practical advice. The chapters of advice are interspersed with chapters of an ongoing fictional story where a group of friends go over the advice as presented to them by another woman--all of which had a sort of richness to it in its writing as well. So it's half advice, half story, which was rather fun and different-seeming.
This quote from one of the fiction-to-illustrate chapters made me smile:
'Victoria nodded. “Adventures are time-consuming. It's part of what makes them so adventurous.”
Julia felt a little pity at Melanie's expression. Victoria did have a tendency to say things that sounded more like Gandalf than a real person.'
I found this book for free when it came out, so it's not exactly as though I invested anything into it besides the time to read it, but I'd say it may be worth it for others to pick it up if you're struggling as I am with a chaotic mass of guilt and todo lists and struggling to find what it is that's my "dream" and wondering how to escape from the stress of daily life's vicious cycles. Again, I've no idea if these things actually WORK, as I've not implemented them. But it may be worth a try.
(And wow, I just wrote an entire review-ish thing when I only meant to write a couple of sentences, and I generally procrastinate over writing reviews... This is fascinating. I guess I had more to say about it than I thought?)
Dreams are worth following, aren't they? Even when one doesn't know what that dream is yet? Which means it may be time to find out?
(I also may or may not have a certain "I have a Dream" song from "Tangled" skipping around in my head now... Ahem.)