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Everyone makes an impact, whether they are acting intentionally or not.
Everyone is always making an impact on each other. Your actions, my actions, and the actions of others are influencing the world. What you do matters in more ways than you may realise, and your efforts may create chaos or lead to grand achievements. The key is being intentional with your actions.
There is a principle of chaos theory called the Butterfly Effect. It states that a minute first action can cause a reaction of epic proportions. The metaphorical example is that the simple movement of a butterfly’s wings over time can cause a wave that results in a hurricane.
This is an illustration of how important even the smallest of actions are in the grand scheme of the world. As someone living on this planet, you too have an effect everywhere you go. What you do and how you do it matters. You matter. You are as vital to the success of the human race as the most powerful influencer you can imagine. Have you ever considered this?
The set of people and places where you make the most impact is called your sphere of influence. This is where your presence is felt the most. Yours likely includes your family, work, and the local community.
How are you making that impact? Consider this:
- How you parent your children makes an impact
- How you manage your marriage makes an impact
- How you engage as a son, daughter, sister or brother makes an impact
- What you contribute to your workforce makes an impact
- What you create makes an impact
- Your wisdom makes an impact
- How you vote makes an impact
- How you spend your time and money makes an impact
- How you pour yourself into others makes an impact
I could go on and on, but you’re starting to see my point. In all that you do, you matter. How you do things matters. It is all tied together. This may seem like a big responsibility – and it is – but it isn’t too big when you break it down into manageable bits and pieces, in all the different areas of your life.
The most important thing to realise is that you have influence and impact wherever you go, and by being intentional you can leave your mark on this world in a favorable and meaningful way.
If you are following these articles as a course, then please spend some time to jot down in your journal the ways in which you are currently making an impact in the world.
The next article in this series is here Power of One: Change starts with you