How can you create your own vision for change? “Don’t take the back seat;
grab the wheel,” Lynn says. She also offers this advice:
• Don’t start with a big plan for changing the whole world; start with
what’s important to you right now.
For me, I didn’t want kids to miss
sharing their childhoods with their
siblings like my sister Andi and I did.
• Identify your “cringe” factors to pinpoint where change is seriously
needed. Ask, “What’s happening in
my world arena that makes me
cringe?” For me, keeping siblings
apart made my heart bleed.
• By taking action, you’ll meet people
you can learn from and collaborate
with. What do you ever gain by not
including others in your vision?
That’s how you’ll enlarge your territory of contacts and influence. Then
watch serendipity kick in as it did for
Camp To Belong.
• Don’t get hung up on research and
analysis. Instead of thinking through
and measuring everything before taking action, go out and demonstrate
your idea. Receiving feedback for
something tangible is more meaningful
than words on paper.
• When you act on your vision, you
activate the law of reciprocity, which
ties in with the joy of giving. You’ll
see! You’ll get back much more than
• Find out what you’re best at,
especially if you have a window of opportunity to experiment with various
options. Try several ideas and notice
how you feel about continuing them.
Trust your intuition.
• As a speaker, mentor and coach, you
can say or do just one thing that can
catapult others into action. Years ago,
a colleague of mine told me, “Lynn,
you are small but powerful.” His
words catalyzed me to walk taller and
• Use change to serve you and move
you in the direction of your vision. If
you feel uncomfortable—great! That
means a transformation and something important is happening.
CAMP TO BELONG
Almost 600,000 youth live in foster care
in the United States, with 75 percent
separated from at least one sibling when
placed in care. Camp To Belong (www.
camptobelong.org) reunites brothers and
sisters who have been placed in separate
foster or adoptive homes through its
Summer Camp Programs and Sibling
Connection Initiative, which gives them
opportunities to share childhood memo- Photo: Ed Andrieski
ries and provides a sense of belonging as individuals and as siblings.
In the recent blockbuster Ocean’s Thirteen, Camp To Belong is featured in one of
the last scenes in which George Clooney turns to Andy Garcia and announces he
can’t return the (fictional) $72 million he owes him; he’s given it to a charity called
Camp To Belong.
To benefit from this serendipitous publicity, Camp To Belong will host a star-studded fundraiser when the Ocean’s Thirteen DVD launches in November 2007.
Call 1-888-7BELONG or 1-888-723-5664 for full details.
Thirteen years and 2,500 campers later,
the result of Lynn’s vision and Camp To
Belongs’ success is a remarkable story
—and extraordinary example of how
one person’s idea for change can set in
motion the power of the ripple.
“I knew that if I took time to research
my idea and get feedback, obstacles
would arise. So I demonstrated my vision
by doing it. It’s become the genesis of the
philosophy I share as a speaker, mentor
and coach. And along the way, adventurous people who see possibilities, not
obstacles, join in. They, too, want to
make life-changing differences in this
world,” Lynn says. “For every person you
touch, you actually touch dozens more—
as a mentor, a teacher, a friend.”
The conscious and effective effort of
many has taken Camp To Belong from
its first urban-based camp in Las Vegas to
the mountains of Colorado for 12 years
running. Today, similar CTB-related
camps are held in Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, the Pacific Northwest, California and Canada. And Lynn has received
requests to help start camps in Georgia,
Arizona, Washington, DC, even Australia
and the United Kingdom.
More than that, Lynn’s vision for
Camp To Belong has influenced hundreds of counselors and volunteers to
change their lives. Some have become
foster or adoptive parents. Others have
earned master’s degrees in social work
to contribute to the field of foster care.
And almost everyone in the CTB circle
has made connecting with their own
siblings a high priority.
The power of the ripple also captured
Oprah Winfrey’s attention. In 2000, she
presented Lynn with her Use Your Life
Award, named her to Oprah’s Angel
Network and gave CTB a $50,000
donation. In 1998, Lynn was honored
to receive the Points of Light President’s
Service Award. As he shook her hand,
President Bill Clinton genuinely said to
her, “Thank you, Lynn, for what you
have done for our country.”