How can you multiply your impact far beyond what you could imagine? And how do you overcome fear when what God is asking you to do seems impossible?

how to multiply your impact and face your fear

In this episode, Holly and I conclude our conversation with Tembi Secrist about her incredible 14-month journey through Southeast Asia and Africa. She shares with us about the additional lessons she learned on her trip, including how God showed her that her impact could be multiplied through the power of community and the truth about overcoming fear.

Did you miss Part 1 of our conversation with Tembi? Go back and listen before you dive into this episode.


Key Points Discussed:

  • Leadership lessons Tembi learned during her 14 month trip
    • You are the product of you and your people [2:30]
      • The work is not going to be accomplished just by you. Your impact can be multiplied by the power of the people you know.
      • Sometimes you have to ask. [7:56]
      • Don’t be discouraged if people don’t say yes right away. [9:25]
    • Listen for God’s voice, obey it, and don’t be afraid [13:38]
      • Take it one step at a time [16:11]
      • Once you step out, it’s easier to keep going [21:30]
      • It will be uncomfortable in the moment [24:00]
  • Tembi’s family and friends’ reaction to her decision to go on this trip [26:15]
    • The importance of trusting God even when things don’t make sense [28:30]
  • Advice for a woman who senses God is calling her to something big [31:28]
    • Family is your God’s call – He won’t call you to something that would disrupt your marriage or your children
    • Be creative with what “something big” looks like [33:15]
  • What’s next for Tembi [34:30]
    • Writing about her trip
    • Interested in making connections between using your professional expertise and what’s needed overseas 
  • Leaders are Learners [39:00]
  • Connecting with Tembi
    • Links for connecting with Tembi are below
    • She is available to speak and share about her experiences. She resides in the Seattle, WA area.


Key Quotes from the Episode:

“It’s not just you–it’s who you know and who else God wants to involve in what He is doing.”

“With you and the people you know, your impact will be multiplied far beyond what you could think or imagine.”

“Only you understand the nuances of your situation.”

“It’s easy to find excuses because things are scary.”

“If you don’t stretch, you won’t grow.”

How to Multiply Your Impact

Connect with Tembi Secrist:

September Secrist is a management consultant, writer, and speaker, based in Seattle, Washington.  She recently returned from a 14-month solo trip through 22 countries in SE Asia and Africa, volunteering her professional expertise with 45 NGOs and mission-based projects.  

Previously, September was the Director of Global Healthcare Initiatives with the U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She led a global team of 200 responsible for national and international events, education, and healthcare sales.  She was with the agency for 16 years, and served details as the Deputy National Director and Advisor for Congressional Outreach. 

She served as Board Chair and advisory member of the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Washington and has done volunteer service projects in Mexico, Russia, Poland, Haiti, Armenia, Turkey, and Greece.

September received her Bachelor of Arts from Northwest University in Business Administration and her Master of Arts from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies.


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