Are You Significant?

Yesterday, I was honored, excited and very nervous about being part of the launch of a new multi-author book called Significant Woman: Leaders Reveal What Matters Most. Was I significant enough to deserve being included in that book? Had I done enough? Accomplished enough? Was I important enough to be called Significant?

Turns out almost all the women included in the book had the same feeling.

None of us were presidents of countries, leaders of Fortune 500 companies, or New York Times bestselling authors. How could we possible be significant?

Significant, according to Oxford Dictionaries:

1: sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.

2: having a particular meaning; indicative of something.

The first definition is a little off-putting. Am I noteworthy? Well, maybe to people in my small circle. I did achieve corporate success, albeit at a smallish company. I have published a novel, although not to great literary acclaim.

Do you see what I did there? The first thing I did was diminish my accomplishments by putting an asterisk next to them. Yes, but … How often do you do that? Diminish your accomplishments, make them smaller than they are. Is it a natural instinct or one we have been taught? I’m guessing the latter.

The second definition opens up a whole new world. Have I been meaningful? Yes, I have been meaningful to people in my life, many of them. Have I been meaningful to society as a whole? Maybe not, but does that make ME less meaningful?

The reality is that we are all significant to someone, probably many someones, maybe even someones that we don’t even know.

We can choose to diminish that, to put an asterisk beside our significance, or we can choose to own it. And in owning it, we can build on our significance, have an impact on a greater number of people or a bigger impact on the people that we already know.

By accepting the word “significant”, it conveys, even if only to ourselves, that we have meaning, purpose, VALUE. By embracing the word “significant”, we can take responsibility for our value, for our impact on others, and think consciously about it.

How am I impacting others? Is my significance setting the right example for those around me? Are my actions aligned with my Higher Self, so that I am helping others be significant as well?

I challenge you to embrace YOUR significance today.

See how it feels. I’ll bet that you find a great deal of freedom, and maybe even some joy, in calling yourself Significant because you are.

With love and light,

PS – If you’d like a copy of Significant Women: Leaders Reveal What Matters Most, the ebook is on sale at Amazon for 99 cents. All proceeds go to support Elimu Girls, an amazing charity that helps vulnerable girls in Kenya become entrepreneurs. My chapter is called “The Beauty of Detours”.

1 Comment

  1. Kayleigh

    Karen – thank you for these wise words bringing awareness to what we tell ourselves – and how it impacts how we show up.

    I love the combination of significance and responsibility. By accepting responsibility for our value, we allow ourselves to move through the world with a lightness and energy that inspires everyone else to embrace their significance, too!


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