Don't Forget The Ripple Effect

In the course of this past week, the entrepreneurs and women in my community have been feeling a whole lot of feelings. (Truth be told, so have I.) But one feeling that’s emerged for almost every one of them is the feeling that they’re not doing enough to make a difference in the world in light of everything that’s happened post election.

 

These women have told me that they’re feeling like their work is unimportant. They’ve said they’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. And they’ve shared that they’re struggling to focus on their business when it feels so trite and petty because our country is grappling with bigger issues right now.

 

I was right there with you feeling all these feelings and thinking all these thoughts last week. Sitting curled up on the couch with my girls, I looked at my husband and told him that I didn’t know if I could make a difference in our country as a coach for creative and service-based entrepreneurs. I couldn’t see how I could help our culture shift away from hate and toward love by helping women grow businesses that helped them use their talents and define success and freedom on their terms.

 

I didn’t think I could do enough coaching women in small, intimate groups or as one-on-one clients when clearly masses of people needed to be reached.

 

But as I heard myself speak those words out loud, something in me also realized that they were not in fact the truth. Yes, our nation is talking about big issues right now. Things like racism and sexism. Things like equality and privilege and women’s rights. And, yes, those big issues may require big solutions.

 

But to think that the only solution is to take big action discounts the work each of us can do in our own businesses and communities and lives to create positive change. Because as Margaret Mead said long ago: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." 

 

Here’s what I realized when I really reflected on my work in this world: As a coach, I have the opportunity to help women find their voice and share meaningful messages. I have the chance to help women recognize their worth so they can build their confidence and go boldly forward to do their work. And I have the chance to deeply impact one woman at a time, one woman who will then go on to do the same for the people in her life and community.

 

I have the chance to start a ripple effect that could stretch far beyond my wildest imagination.

 

You have that opportunity too. So don’t ever forget that the work you do matters. It matters even when it feels small. It matters even if you’re just getting started. It matters even if it feels insignificant in this exact moment in time.

 

It matters because you matter, and because you have something unique to share with the world that only you can do.

 

Now get out there and do it.

 

Much love,

 

Ashley

 

P.S. I’ve opened up my calendar to speak with as many women as possible about the difference they want to make in the world and also how they’re going to do it. It’s the best way I know how to support others and give generously. If you want to connect, please email me at ashley@ashleymgartland.com so we can find a time to do just that.