Impact is defined as – “the effect or impression of one thing on another.” What impression have you made on others? What impression or effect have others had in your life? The possibilities for making a positive impact are endless!
Since our accident over two years ago (the impact of which is still being felt), numerous people have had a positive impact on my life. I in turn have attempted to have a positive effect in the lives of others. Making a choice to have a positive impact gives meaning to life and is a tangible way to give back some of what you’ve received from others.
A life is not important except in the
impact it has on other lives.
Below you will find the ABC’s of making a positive impact on others. You can add your own to this list I’m sure! I offer my list as a way to stoke the fire of your impact and be encouraged to find practical ways to make an impact today!
But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. Elizabeth Edwards
A Practical List from A-Z of Ways to Impact Others
Adjust your perspective when you enter a room from “Here I am!” to “There you are!”
Believe in the value and potential of people
Call people by name and remember to smile
Don’t give up just because life is hard – it helps others to do the same!
Envision yourself making an impact before you actually make it – and doors will open
Forgive yourself and others for mistakes made
Gives unconditional love to others
Help others carry loads too large for their shoulders
Initiate conversations with open ended questions (they can’t be answered yes or no)
Jump at the chance to appreciate and thanks others for what they’ve done
Keep short accounts of the wrongs done to you
Learn something new every day and pass it on whenever possible
Make a small difference every day – it equals a BIG difference over a life time
Never use your words to put others down or spread disrespect
Offer a lonely person the time of day to hear their story
Pick up the pieces of a broken life without offering a quick fix
Quiet your own soul first thing in the morning before entering a noisy world
Raise the bar of expectation if it will help people reach their potential
Say no to the expectations you have no control over reaching
Tell the truth when it helps others in the long run – but not when it makes you feel better
Understand others before you expect them to understand you
Value people by looking past their fault and weaknesses to see their potential
Walk beside others who are hurting because sometimes that’s all they need
X-rays are like a discerning friend – they reveal inner brokenness so healing can occur
Yard work done for you when you can’t do it has a huge impact!
Zest for life is fueled by serving others
A final thought:
Don’t walk through life just playing football. Don’t walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone’s life, that’s the ultimate vision, that’s the ultimate goal – bottom line. Ray Lewis
How has your life been changed by the impact of others?
What can you do today to have an impact on someone else?
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