This is part 9 in a 30-day series of articles entitled The Power of One – Making an Intentional Impact.
This course is for bloggers, to help you find your blog theme and voice, or for anyone who wants to journal around the theme of why you are here and what your purpose is on this earth. How are you currently making an impact, and how can you make your light shine brighter?
The first blog is here Why what you do matters
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So, can making a difference benefit you too?
There is no doubt that working to make a difference can benefit others. That’s easy to see: one person making an effort + multiple people receiving the benefits of that effort = countless people who are now in a better situation.
While most people are initially motivated to help others for selfless reasons, there are undeniable benefits that come to the giver too, from just getting out there and doing something.
Helping others makes you feel happier and helps you live a fulfilling life. There are some who believe our purpose on Earth is to serve in a way that fulfils God’s purpose – or raises the vibration of the universe – depending on your perspective.
Whether or not that is true, it feels wonderful to know that your actions caused something good to happen in the world. To know that, because of your effort, someone somewhere is now better off. Doesn’t that make you smile inside?
Just think on a personal level. How does it feel when you give someone a gift they weren’t expecting? That moment when they realise that they have received what they wanted and the big big smile they just can’t help – it makes you feel warm and fuzzy too.
There are many types of motivation. Wanting positive reinforcement, avoiding negative consequences, our intrinsic motivation, and other forces work together to motivate us to take action. No matter what our primary reason for taking action, the benefits can be rewarding and more impactful than you may realise.
Here’s how making a difference benefits you:
- Creating a legacy – Making a difference can sometimes lead to an impact that creates a legacy in your name. People come to remember who you are, and what you did in the name of the greater good. Pouring into something bigger than yourself or something you create that stems from you, can make an impact on generations down the line.
- Giving back – Sometimes your way of making a difference comes from giving back what you have once received. There is wonderful healing and satisfaction that comes from paying forward what you have received in your lifetime.
- Restoring your faith – When we have lost something precious, it feels good to regain our faith in God, humanity, or our community. Being able to make a difference can help you recover from that sense of loss or abandonment.
- Easing depression – When we are suffering greatly, we can refresh our energy by shifting our focus somewhere other than ourselves, and use impactful activity to surface from the depths of depression.
- Memorialising someone you love – Being able to perceive a message or a meaning in the lives of those we love and have lost is especially gratifying. Helping their legacy and memory live on is a wonderful benefit.
- Creating opportunities – Sometimes your efforts blossom to create an opportunity for you and for others to gain employment or resources that would not have been available without your contribution.
When I first got pregnant, I honestly thought that I was the kind of person who would go straight back to work and let others handle the childcare. But my husband got relocated to Jersey for a few years, and I went with him and didn’t have a work permit.
I volunteered on the committee of my local National Childbirth Trust and retrained as a postnatal group leader, because that’s what the branch needed. The training for that taught me all kinds of skills which, eventually led to me deciding not to go back to full-time work.
After trying a few other businesses I took over my first blog in 2010, and a year or so later I ran a competition on my blog for a friend of mine who owns a small business. I brought in so much traffic to her website that she asked me to help with social media, and so a virtual assistant business was created.
Choosing to make a difference is a win-win for everyone involved. Those who receive support from others are blessed just as those who take the risk or step out and make a difference in their lives. Be assured that your efforts to serve others will come to result in great personal benefit.
Your blog could change the world. And even if it doesn’t, it could change you forever…