This is one in a 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. If nothing else, if you follow along for thirty days you cannot help but be uplifted.
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Part 4 – The Ripple Effect
Have you ever thrown a pebble into a pond? Did you notice the ripples? One small plop in the pristine surface causes waves that get larger and larger and reach farther and farther.
It’s the same with your impact. You may not think you make a big difference personally or affect a lot of people, but what you do ripples out from you. You touch the lives of a few people, who have their own impact on the lives of others, and so on.
We all exist as a combination of the many aspects of our lives. We are both parents and children; we are business owners, community members, and much more. In each area of our lives, we have opportunities to make a small impact that ripples outward. Doing small things creates big results, and those results can ripple back to us.
Here are some ideas for making a small impact that causes a ripple in different areas of your life:
Family- Doing small activities with your family members strengthens the bond between you and forms habits of togetherness. Taking your child on a parent-child date can go on to impact future generations as your child grows and passes on that tradition.
Business- Whether you own your own business or work for another company, you can create opportunities to give compliments to your staff or co-workers. Try leaving anonymous notes on their desk highlighting something positive that you’ve noticed about their performance. By lifting their spirits and helping them feel known, you can have an impact on their attitude at work and how they feel when they arrive home at the end of the day.
Community- Being a mentor in your community is an easy way to cause a ripple effect. Pouring your energy into a child or young mother who could use your guidance can change not only their lives but the lives of their children as well. You can be the reason why they find solutions to their puzzles that otherwise wouldn’t have happened without your support.
It’s normal to feel like the world might so big and the amount of need so massive that we just can’t make a difference, but it simply isn’t so. Just like a little bit of invested money grows exponentially with compound interest, your small investment in someone else’s life will yield great returns.
What small gestures can you make to cause a ripple in the lives of others? A tip for the barista? An appreciative note to your child’s teacher on a Tuesday? Baked goods for your shy neighbor? Do something small, and watch the ripples grow wider and wider.
Set yourself the task of causing some ripples today. Whether they are one off gestures or whether you sign up for something ongoing that will make a difference to somebody’s life.
Journal about what you did and what you would like to do to continue to make a difference. Would any of these ideas make a good topic for a blog post?