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The Impact Code

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The Impact Code

Live the life You deserve


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Follow your dreams with passion, hard work, trust in others, a positive attitude and a plan.

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This is a new blend of familiar advice about goal setting, time management and turning your dreams into realities. Nigel Risner is direct and refreshingly honest. He flatly acknowledges that most people don’t act because they find it easier not to or because they are lazy. He emphasizes enjoying yourself and incorporating “comic relief” into your planning – a welcome change from many advice books. Risner is an award-winning motivational speaker, and you won’t forget this for a moment as you read. Sometimes, his book sounds like the published version of an oft-given speech. Although some of Risner’s jokes and turns of phrase probably do a great job of building connections and revving up a live audience, they fall flat on the page. Similarly, he uses oversized fonts and repetition as he might use visual aids and increases in volume to clarify his points in a speech. In writing, though, the results can be a little confusing. Still, if you’re looking for more depth and meaning in your life and relationships, getAbstract recommends trying the exercises and taking to heart the stories in this book.


Make an IMPACT

Follow these steps, represented by the acronym IMPACT, to achieve your goals, influence the world around you and deepen your relationships.

“I = In the Room”

To transform your life, your career, or the world, you must be in the “room” – in the present. This may seem obvious, even silly: Where else would you be? Yet, most people barely see what’s going on around them. Instead, they are either refighting the battles of the past in their minds, or adrift in fantasies or fears about the future.

Imagine three people fighting for control of your psyche:

  1. The “Commentator” – Draws negative lessons from your past and frightens you away from risk taking.
  2. The “Coach” – Draws positive, useful lessons from the past and encourages you to try new things.
  3. The “Player” – You, trying to strike a balance and take constructive action.

Erasing the past is impossible and you shouldn’t even try. Instead, make peace with it. Start by forgiving those who have hurt you. You don’t necessarily need psychotherapy for this step – although you should try anything that will help...

About the Author

Nigel Risner was chosen as speaker of the year by both the Executive Committee and the Academy for Chief Executives in 2004.

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