This is part 14 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 explore 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?

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The Power of One

Everyone loves a grand gesture.

On Social Media platforms, GoFundMe drives are shared that can raise insane amounts of money very quickly to help people that are struggling.

We’ve all seen reality shows that highlight men and women making a difference and reward them in grand style. There is no doubt that it’s fun and amazing to be generous on a large scale – but that isn’t the only way to make an impact.

You don’t have to make a big impact to make a difference. You don’t have to go broke giving to every charity that comes along, or occupy the spotlight.

To do small things is valuable and just as important. The ability to make some progress filling a need, or to give small bits of your time all matter. No matter who you are or what your limitations might be: you can affect change, be part of a solution, and do your part for a cause that matters to you.

Let’s look at some practical ways you can use your time to make a difference:

  • Walk dogs at a shelter, or for a neighbour who is sick
  • Work for a candidate whose platform you believe in during election season
  • Volunteer at your child’s school, or for brownies or scouts
  • Provide free services for the elderly

Here are some small ways to invest in making a difference:

  • Make small monthly contributions to a homeless shelter
  • Buy food or blankets for an animal rescue program
  • Leave food in the food bank collection bins at your local supermarket or church
  • Donate your unwanted items to charity shops
  • Make things (cakes, jam, knitted objects) for a charity sale or fair

These are some great ways to use your talents in a small way:

  • Tutor students and the community college
  • Coach a sports team
  • Teach a skill to elderly residents in a care home
  • Volunteer your talent at the local community centre
  • Write a blog and set up a Facebook page or group showcasing your area of expertise or raising awareness for a cause you believe in

Small investments in time, money, or talent are easy and effective. It doesn’t take much to leave your mark and lighten the load for a cause or need that is out there. Be assured that not everyone can make large donations of time, money and energy.

Most organisations rely on people who have a wide variety of giving options. Even if your time and resources are limited, they are still in high demand.

Even when you are giving to your family, it isn’t always about how quantity. It’s about the quality of your investment with them.

Something as small as including a note in your child’s lunch can make a positive impact on them. A voicemail or text on your spouse’s phone can brighten their day. Sending a card to a dear friend for no reason could mean more than you may know.

Challenge yourself to do one small thing each day this week to make an impact, and witness how much reaction you get compared to your effort. Be someone who cares, take interest in those around you, and notice the impact you have.

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