I think given the chance everyone would like to make a difference, in the world, in their world of in someone’s world. I hope so anyway but I also realize that I might be a little naive in my thinking. I hope not.
Let’s assume for the purposes of this post that I’m correct and that we all want to make a difference.
So why do so relatively few actually make a difference? I believe it’s because they don’t know that they have in fact been given that chance.
You see, the title of this post is a bit misleading, you can make a difference, the only question is, will you. You have a life, your decisions make a difference in that life everyday. There are people in your life, you naturally influence the people around you, therefore, you have a chance to make a difference for them.
You might be the only person to smile at them on a given day and that little smile could be a big difference for them. Your efforts at maintaining a positive attitude might rub off on them. That could possibly make a difference for them and it will definitely make a difference for you.
You don’t need to invent the next iPhone or find the cure for cancer in order to make a difference. You just have to decide that you will make a difference.
Once you decide that you will make a difference, you begin to discover for yourself all the ways that you already do. When you realize that you already do make a difference, you will likely be more intentional at making even more and bigger differences.
If you’ve convinced yourself that you just cannot make a difference for others, then make a difference for yourself. Overcome a fear, learn a new skill, take a risk. Once you know that it can be done, once you know that you can do it, you’ll know that you can help someone else do it too.
Now, here is the most compelling reason to do any of this, to make that difference for you or those around you: because YOU CAN!
The question remains. Will You?