When you think about thought leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, or even Oprah, it’s tempting to conclude that you couldn’t make the degree of impact on the world they have. “They are special. They are ‘big’. I couldn’t possibly do what they have done!”
While you may not be Mother Theresa or the Dali Lama, you are never too “small” to make a real difference in the world.
You don’t need to be famous or lead a historic movement to have an impact. You just need to do what needs doing in your corner of the world. In each moment, you just need to demonstrate the courage to take the next baby step in the right direction.
Too often, we talk ourselves out of taking a stand or making a contribution because we tell ourselves it won’t matter, or that no one will notice. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every day, ordinary people around the world are making a huge impact in the lives of others. You can’t put a price on teaching a child to be kind and empathetic. Or spending time with an elderly person who has no family. Or feeding a single mom and her children who have fallen on hard times.
Think of someone you know who makes a real difference in your life. Are they famous? Probably not.
When you think of ways you can make an impact, you don’t need to be big, world-famous, or change the course of history. You just have to believe in the value, significance and influence you have on others. And then go out and share it every day!