Do you have a desire to make a difference in the world, but you find that you are just too busy? Sometimes it can feel like changing the world is just too much effort. Here are 6 simple ways that you can make a difference today (with hardly any effort at all).
1. Smile. Be Positive.
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing" - Mother Teresa
When you choose to be the most positive person you know, the world will begin to transform around you. Positivity is a choice, and you can make it at any time.
2. Make Eye Contact.
“Eye contact is way more intimate than words will ever be.” - Faraaz Kazi
Every human on this planet is yearning for a deeper connection with other humans. It is part of our humanness. Give yourself (and another) the gift of a simple connection through eye contact. Try this with your cashier next time you are at the store, with another mom when you pick your kid up at school, or with the person at the cubicle next to yours. Add #1 (a smile) and you're on fire!
3. Slow Down.
"Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer." – William S. Burroughs
Slowing down is a gift to the world because when you slow down and become more centered, you have more wisdom to offer the world. Allow your wisdom to bubble to the surface by slowing down your life.
4. Live Authentically.
"You change the world by being yourself." -Yoko Ono
I would argue that this is the biggest way that you can make a difference in the world. Investing the time and money to discover who you really are and what you need to thrive, and then committing to living that courageously has a lasting impact on the world around you.
5. Be Curious.
"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." -Bill Nye
Curiosity is one of the most valuable tools in your Emotional Intelligence tool belt! When you lead with curiosity you have the power to see people and situations in ways that you never have before. This, in turn, allows you to have an impact that you've never had before.
6. Simply Show Up.
"Just put your soul into it. If you show up physically with the soles of your feet, the heart, mind, and soul will have a chance to follow or catch up. You may not want to be there in the beginning, but showing up allows a committed chance at making a difference everyday for the people you love, the people you will meet, and the eventual person you will become. Show up." ~Holli Gran
Showing up is about being brave enough to be 100% present in any situation, to fail with style, to laugh until your belly hurts, to give freely, to love fiercely. When you do this, you give other people permission to do the same. This makes the world a brighter place to live. <3
Mindy Amita Aisling
ICF Life Coach,
NFPT Fitness Trainer,
OMA Certified Mediator
Mindy Aisling is a certified life and business coach in Bend, OR, exceeding all of the educational requirements & training set forth by the ICF.
She has worked with such organizations as St. Charles Hospital, Soroptimists, The Dispute Resolution Center, Olympic Medical Center, Americorps, and Juvenile and Family Services.
Mindy has been featured in the New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Bend Bulletin, The Peninsula Daily News, KOMO 4 TV, The Oregonian and many more. You can learn more about Mindy here.
Mindy offers professional, affordable online coaching to clients around the world, and local coaching to clients in Bend, Oregon.
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