Ready for Impact

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 was ready for lift off. Millions of people around the world watched on television and listened to the radio as it roared away from earth and into space, racing to the moon. A few days later, on July 20, 1969, three NASA Astronauts reached the moon. Then, those now famous words: “That’s one small step for man… one giant leap for mankind.” 

That moment captivated generations and led to even more space exploration. It was a moment placed firmly in history, but it took so much more to achieve that point. 

What did it take? We don’t have to be an astronaut to learn from their lunar footsteps. We can learn how to be ready for impact. 

First, we need to set a goal. 

In 1961, former President Kennedy responded to the challenge set by the Soviets. They had already completed a few successful missions into space. Kennedy believed it was possible for the United States to achieve the same goal. He was confident the country could successfully put a man on the moon and bring him back to earth safely, before the end of the decade. It was a daunting goal with a time limit. 

That goal had to have a purpose, a drive and even a time limit. We have to be working toward something. 

After setting a goal, we need to get to work. 

For the Apollo 11 mission, there were countless people working on it. They had set roles, but worked together towards a common goal. Additionally, there were failures along the way. Lives were lost in pursuit of this lunar goal, and everyone’s lives were changed when that impactful moment was broadcast around the world. 

Our impact in a given moment might not be documented or broadcasted around the world, but we do have to prepare. We have to be willing to work with others to learn, grow and face challenges - ensuring that when the time comes for impact, we will have had the proper preparation.

So, get ready. Set a goal and shoot for the stars - or the moon - so when the moment arrives, you will be ready for impact. 

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