In the same way that previous generations compared themselves to their neighbors and friends by looking the size of their house or speculating about how much money they had in the bank, today we compare ourselves based on follower and fan counts.
The people we call “influencers” receive that title because of their high follower count. There are no shortage of programs promising to teach you how to grow your list, gain more clients, and expand your reach.
These offerings are a natural draw, especially if you’re driven by a mission to help people and you have a message to share.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care how many people read this blog, if I didn’t wonder how to encourage you to sign up for my newsletter or my program.
The desire for more is so strongly reinforced in our cultural norms that it’s easy to feel like nothing is ever enough. It’s a dangerous feeling. Not only can it make you feel unworthy, but it can prevent you from getting started on a path or sharing your message at all.
We often forget the power of one.
The Power of One Day
When I first started my daily fitness first ritual, people often asked me “what is your goal?” My response was, “to do it again tomorrow.” That’s still the goal.
This journey has been a lesson in the power of one day at a time. I didn’t look ahead to what might happen after a month or two months or six months. It felt too amorphous, too big to wrap my head around.
One day at a time, I built practice that I’ve sustained for over six-years. I took the same approach to several other practices, including daily mediation and this blog.
The Power of One Person
The same principle applies when it comes to sharing our work and our message. You don’t need to reach thousands — or even dozens — of people to make an impact.
A meaningful conversation with one person can cause that person to take action that has a ripple effect that extends far beyond what you might imagine.
As one of my mentors says,
Each one, teach one.
That’s how ideas spread and how transformation happens.
When it comes to your work and ideas, there is one caveat: you need one who fits your criteria.
One person who is open and willing to receive your message.
One person who is willing to make a change, to try something new, to take action, to do something differently.
One person who is willing to share the message with one other person.
You only need one.
But it can’t be just any one.