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People forget years and remember moments.” — Ann Beattie

In outdoor adventuring it’s good practice to Leave No Trace. It’s a principal of sustainability. To leave the world as you found it. To tread the earth lightly.

In the work that we all aspire to do, however, we want to leave a trace.
We strive to effect the change we want to see in the world.
We want to build something positive.

It doesn’t need to be big and sometimes it may be quite small, but that isn’t the point. The point is to simply leave a trace. The trace may be left in the world or in an individual. From that trace, things may shift, things may grow, change may happen. Something may get built.

We can become overwhelmed in the face of an audacious goal, a substantial project, or significant work. Immobilised by the shear scale or ambition. Challenged to even know where to start. Instead of focusing on the big outcome at the end, does it help you to start if you focus instead on leaving a trace?

That way the ambition may seem less challenging. Less unreachable. Less intimidating. It takes the pressure off the final outcome, delivering achievement along the way.

Starting is important. Making that easier is always welcome. Most importantly, however, by leaving a trace we are able to make change happen.

How might you Leave a Trace in the work that you do?

Want to know more about the author? I’m Michael, co-founder & architect at Redshift Architecture & Art, and founder & coach at Ed Shift, where this article was first published.

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