I certainly don’t want to discourage big thinking. I believe in big! Big goals, big expectations, and really big results. But today I’m talking about making a difference. I have always believed in the power of the individual. I believe that YOU matter, and that YOU can make a difference. YOU MAY NOT CHANGE THE WORLD TODAY, BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ONE PERSON. It doesn’t have to be something BIG, it can be a simple smile, or a door held open for someone. But in addition to possibly improving someone else's day, you will start to develop the habit of having an "attitude of gratitude" in yourself. You Make This Choice Every Day, But is it the Right One?.
Try these three simple things below and see how it positively impacts the lives of others, but in the process also changes you.
1. Be proactive in looking for small ways to be helpful everyday. Today, I want you to look at people in the eye. Say please, and thank you. Ask for permission up front instead of just apologizing afterward. Open the door for people, and enter after them. It you are flying today, help someone put their bag in the overhead bin. While checking out at the grocery store, let the person behind you who has less items go in front of you. When you see someone drop something, bend down and pick it up. Pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru. Do you see where I’m going with this? These are very small things, and something we all can do. But some of you may be wondering, these are so small and insignificant what’s the point? The point is while some of these may be small in your eyes, the small act of kindness you perform could really change the day and attitude of the person you are interacting with, including your own!
2. Become passionate about something and give financially to it every month. We are taught to spend wisely, invest, and save our money. But rarely has anyone told us to give! I love passionate people, and people that really care and take an interest in a cause. Isn’t it invigorating to be around people who are passionate about something? Let’s take an interest in something other than our pocketbook and what’s on television tonight. The world is a broken place. Is there any injustice in the world you want to fix? Educate yourself about the problem, develop a passion for it, and support the cause with a donation. It feels good to support and be a part of something that is bigger and outside of ourselves.
3. But don’t just give your money, find a way to take a little time on a weekly or monthly basis to give your time. Include your spouse, and your kids if possible. Do you want your kids to learn about being responsible in the community? Get them involved in voluntary service. This could be something like spending a few hours helping remodel a house in an underprivileged neighborhood on a Saturday or something as simple as having a conversation with a lonely individual in a nursing home, or delivering a meal to someone in need. Spend a little time each month getting out and doing this, you will be quite fascinated at the impact you can have. You will also be surprised at how these small things can have an impact on you, and your family.