By Mark Shapiro, MD
Amplification starts with a mindset, an intention.
A desire to read, watch and listen to other people – then go farther. To amplify, to cheer, to champion, to lift, to praise.
Without intention, we miss the opportunities all around us.
We all soak up so much information – so much content – every single day. We see people at home, at work, on social media, in print doing things, pushing their limits, excelling, struggling, expressing.
We take it all in and it impacts us. But we often don’t do much in response.
This is all quite passive, which is ironic because the barriers to activity, to interaction, to engagement and amplification have never been so easily surmounted.
Which brings us back to mindset and to YOUR intention.
I decided several years ago that I wanted to adjust my interpersonal interactions to be a better reflection of who I am and what is important to me: kindness, compliments, connection, collaboration, work, fun.
I looked at the toolbox in front of me and was intentional about how I might use each element in it – my voice, my pen, my keyboard, my @, my podcast, my title, my privilege – to reflect my values better. None of the tools were very sharp. The muscles to lift and wield them were atrophied.
No matter; I had intention. So do you.
Let’s step into that tension because it is meaningful, and it matters. From intention comes decision making: who, what, when, where, why and how. You have determination over each of these and you can formulate your answers, identify your motivations.
- Who do you seek to amplify?
- What works resonate?
- When do you do this?
- Where do you take the time to share?
- Why are you doing this?
- How do you do this amplification work?
I have worked hard to answer these questions for myself. I continually refine, reevaluate, reorganize.
Let’s go on an “Amplifying with Intention” journey together at the 2021 Women in Medicine Summit. You can feel comfortable and empowered as an amplifier, too.