Sometimes we feel the world is so large and complex that it’s impossible for any one of us to make a difference. When something comes up that requires action, we think, “I’m only one person. What can I do anyway?” The result is that we sit back and wait for others to make the first move — that is, if anyone else is willing to make the effort.
BUT what if we tried? What if we shed our fears and inhibitions and others did as well? What if we challenged ourselves to stand up and be counted, and we each made a difference in our own special way? Or, better yet, what if enough people stepped forward and accepted the challenge as well? The truth is, we might be able to change the world. As Steve Jobs said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
You Can Make a Difference (If You Try)
Still unconvinced that one person can make a difference? Tell that to the angel who saved the patient’s life by donating her organ, to the craftsman who helped his poor neighbor by rebuilding their weather-torn home, or to the couple who showed the true meaning of love by adopting a foster child. They gave of themselves and are changing lives as a result.
You don’t have to do something life-changing to make a difference. Your deed can be as simple as making someone feel special, reaching out to a lonely person, helping a troubled kid find the right path, or comforting a friend who needs a shoulder to cry on. The fact is that you’ll be changing the world one good deed at a time.
Dreams, Unlike Eggs, Don’t Hatch from Sitting on Them
Let all the toxic people complain up a storm, let the naysayers say that it can’t be done. The truth is, you can’t (or should I say, won’t) make a difference if you don’t try. Here are four guidelines to keep in mind:
Believe. Have faith that one person can make a difference, and that one person is you.
Act. There are opportunities all around you. Don’t wait for someone else to make the first move. Choose one and do something about it.
Lead. Be the change that you want to see in the world. Don’t just talk a good game. Lead the way.
Transform. Throw a pebble into the water and create ripples. Little wins create momentum; consistency can turn into lasting change.
Don’t Look to Others; Look to Yourself
Think what would happen if everyone shouted out their window at the same time. The sound would be unnerving. Now think of the impact that we could have if we collectively made someone feel special, mentored a colleague, or helped a person in need. The impact would be astounding.
There is power in numbers. One person can get things started; a second person can create some momentum; a third person may influence others to join in. And, before you know it, you’ve created a movement.
The world is changing every day. If enough people create a ripple for change, we can create a better future. Your choice: complain about all the things that are wrong or be the person who helps to make them right. One person can make all the difference. And that one person is YOU!
Will You Be the One to Make a Difference?
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