When I was growing up I often felt sadness at the problems plaguing society, and I wondered what the reasons were for people suffering poverty, illnesses and other afflictions. I would then begin thinking about how these circumstances could be changed; I would think of ideas to help the poor or bring about the elusive world peace, but then I would think, “Who am I to think I can change the world?”
As I grew and developed courage I realized that actually I could make a real difference – at home, at school, and later at work and in the whole community by leading through my ideas, hard work, volunteering, and charitable giving.
Here are some guidelines of how you can make a difference in the world, whether it is at your place of work, the community, or at home:
1. Add Value – The best way to make a difference in the world is simply to learn to add value to your environment and life situations. Adding value means making things better than how you found them. It makes a difference to services, products, relationships, and entire communities. When you recognize the need for change and learn how to add value you become exceptional at what you do. This enables you to make life more beautiful, services more efficient and reliable, and make products cheaper and more profitable.
2. Creativity – Think outside the box and dare to be different from the majority. This courage will enable you to be innovative and creative. Creativity enables us to solve problems.
3. Gifts and Talents – Be aware of and employ your talents and abilities as much as you can. These gifts were not granted merely for your benefit but for the good of humanity. Those who faithfully and diligently apply their talents and do so for the improvement of life for themselves and for others are sure to succeed in all that they do.
4. Collaborate – It is important to connect with like-minded people that are interested in the same issues as you and who also have a desire to make a difference to those situations. Working with others brings a multitude of ideas and ways of doing things, along with new contacts,all of which increase the success of any endeavor.
5. Plan – Any intention to change a situation requires action and all action should be planned and provided for in order to succeed. Think through the activities required to achieve your goal. In order to plan you must be clear on the desired destination and outcome. In the planning option you get to review various alternatives and select the best option. Monitor and evaluate progress of your endeavors against the drafted plan.
Sadly, most people simply accept things as they are, even when they cause suffering for themselves and others. As a result they do not explore possibilities for change and improvement. This is either because they do not know what to do or they expect someone else, such as the government or their employers or neighbors, to deal with the circumstances that need changing. I challenge you to take the initiative to do what you can to make a difference.