This is part 15 in a 30-day series of articles entitled The Power of One – Making an Intentional Impact.
How are you currently making a difference, and how can you make your light shine brighter? This has never been more necessary in these times of lockdown and isolation. How can you reach out to others and make a difference?
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Nowadays, if you use any form of social media, you are inundated with ways to make a difference. From emotional videos highlighting world-wide causes to the fundraising needs of nationally known organisations, you likely have access to unlimited ways to make a difference for people you may never know. Yet, you can also have a direct impact on your own circle of family, friends, acquaintances, church, etc.
Your circle of influence is directly tied to the people you see and engage with on a regular basis. These are the people you genuinely care about and have an investment in. There is a reciprocity that comes from supporting one another, and being there through thick and thin. You are never left wondering if you are truly making an impact on them or not, or not because the answer is self-evident.
Some people love seeing the direct results of their investment of time, money and talents. It is far easier for them to work one on one or directly with a person, or a specific agency or organisation. They feel a sense of belonging and satisfaction by being a part of the solution for someone or something that they care about.
Where can you make a difference in your sphere of influence?
Make a difference at home
Starting in your own home, you can make a difference with your children and spouse. Teaching a talent, providing encouragement, and creating a safe place to be is a monumental way to make a difference.
Encourage your children to look for ways to make a difference too. The simplest gestures, giving compliments, helping people, saying thank you , can mean so much
Make a difference in the community
Your community needs you. No matter what your passion is, there is a way to connect it with a need within your community and make an impact. Pay attention to the pleas for assistance and general needs of your home town, and plug into the systems they have for providing support. If you see a need that isn’t being filled, consider taking steps to organise to create a way to close that gap and serve your community.
Do you care about children and education? Look at your local schools and see if they need help or look at organisations such as LetsLocalise. Worried about poverty an inequality? Find your local food banks and donate to them. Whatever you care about you can find a way to support it.
If you attend a church, there are unlimited ways to contribute time, talent and resources. From helping in the nursery to leading a home group, there are as many ways to make a difference as you can imagine.
Make a difference in Business
Are you a business owner? Do you work for a company? Either way, you can make a big impact in the marketplace. Simply acting as a stable and eager-to-serve teammate can set you apart in a work environment. Many career-minded people enjoy participating in service clubs as a way to engage and make a difference while at work.
On a small-scale level, just being the cheery person in the office who helps others and listens and brightens people’s day can also make a big difference to the general atmosphere in the workplace. If that’s not your natural way of being, try it for a week and see how things change.
If your employer is larger, then look into what the company does to discharge its Corporate Social Responsibility. Would you be entitled to time off to volunteer in projects? Does it offer matched giving if you raise money for a project you care about? You may be able to double the impact you make with your own efforts.
Whether your mindset is focused on your home, community or business, you can make a difference within your personal sphere of influence in any number of ways. Being able to personally witness the impact you have on those around you have can be incredibly rewarding and encourage you to keep on making a difference.