The world is in desperate need of change, and for those of us in the privileged position to do something about it, the time is now. A simple shift in mindset can have a serious impact on the issues you’re passionate about, and there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to making a difference. But, if it’s time for a change, there are some important things to bear in mind when considering how you can have your biggest impact. We’ve all had that spark of passion where we’ve wanted to do something in our lifetime that will outlast our physical form. As a woman, we are used to juggling so many different responsibilities. The desire to change the world can feel like one of those things we throw onto our plates. However, when we think about making a difference, many of us fall for the myth that it has to be enormous to have any effect. It doesn’t.
FIND YOUR MISSION
What is the difference you want to make in this world? Think about what you feel passionate about. What gets you jumping up and down and ranting? Is it bringing more humanity into your workplace? Making your town a single use plastic free zone? Or, is it having your community feel like a place where everyone is connected and no lonely neighbours?Understanding what makes you tick on a deeper level means you’ll pick a mission you really care about and execute.
IT’S BIGGER THAN YOU
The benefit of identifying a mission that impacts many others, is that it plugs you into meaning, and the meaning fuels execution. When our goals only impact ourselves, we miss out on that powerful fuel. Making a difference in the world begins with the belief that you can do something that doesn’t just benefit yourself. When your purpose extends beyond yourself and your results, you act differently and you become magnetic. This is beyond you.
TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME
Taking small actions may feel insignificant at the time, but most of us ordinary folk don’t set out to launch rocket ships into space. We start out by making one small change toward an outcome, which has meaning for us, and go from there. The step that many of us make when trying to make a difference in this world is the action part. We get stuck in overthinking, opinions from our network and dreaming about the perfect idea. Begin that first small step toward your goal, now.
INSPIRE ONE PERSON FIRST
The easiest way to think about making a difference in this world is to focus on inspiring one person first. All of us can inspire at least one person. Draw on your physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual strength to make an impact on one persons life and show yourself what’s possible one person at a time.
BE THE EXAMPLE
Complaining about the world’s problems achieves nothing. You can’t make a difference by just stating the obvious. Use your own actions as a demonstration of how others can create change and be the example of change you want to see in the world. If you’re ready to step into action when it comes to your purpose in life, make sure you’re energised and well resourced, so you’re in the best position to make thoughtful decisions. You’ll need to be able to trust your instincts – if you’re worn out and fed up, your instincts will be telling you to STOP. Being a good example starts from taking care of yourself first, being at your best and most resilient, so you can power in full force toward your goal.
KNOW YOURSELF ON A DEEPER LEVEL
Everyone has unique goals, interests and desires. Everyone has their own propensities and strengths. If you truly want to make a difference in the world, your job is to learn what these are within yourself and cultivate them. If you don’t have a sense of what your gifts are, it’s time to get to know yourself. Spend some quiet time in nature, take long walks, or sit and journal your thoughts. Do anything at all that will help you reflect deeply and explore your passions.
One really great way to get in touch with your gifts is to spend time listening to motivational speakers. Listening to the stories of other people who have made a real difference in the world will resonate with something inside you.
At some point along your explorations you’ll be hit with an inspiration, an idea or an inkling of some way that you can make a change. This inkling won’t be coming from your head, but from your heart.
Big things can take time to come to fruition. Use your time wisely, be patient and have faith that with each small step forward toward your goal, you are already making a genuine contribution.
This is another reason why happiness is such a great starting point for success with anything in life. All impatience stems from discontent with current circumstances. Impatience is also the reason most people give up!
If you start with happiness, then patience is easy. You’ll be more likely to keep going and fully execute your goals and inspire others along the way.
Be the light in somebody else’s darkness.”