Whether you have had a difficult life or not, there is probably someone in your past who has treated you with kindness and inspired you. That person helped you without any expectation of a reward or return of the favor. They may have even told you to “pay it forward.” Every person can make a difference in the world.
Adopt an Attitude of Respect and Love
One of the greatest ways you can impact others is by treating them with respect. Some people look down on those who had difficult childhoods, have lower incomes or have mental or emotional challenges. Some may think that they are somehow better than their fast-food server because they work in a high rise and have a nice job title. However, no matter their socioeconomic status, race or religion, they are all people. Treating a person with respect and kindness can inspire them to move forward and be kind to others.
Many nonprofit organizations and schools need volunteers. Even for-profit hospitals and nursing homes appreciate those who are willing to help. Even local churches appreciate volunteers.
If you see a need in your community, be willing to help. You can donate or help raise funds for causes you support. You may also consider running for public office if you see an injustice or need in your community. You may also become a mentor.
Learn to Communicate
To make a difference, you should not only learn communication skills, but you should be open to speaking with anyone. Some people just need someone to listen to them, while others need advice for dealing with a problem. Humans love to receive attention, and they need human contact for their mental health. Be willing to sit down and chat with or listen to others.
Be an Example
Believe that you are greater than you think and you can make a difference. Then, show others how to do the same. Adopt and follow a specific moral code, and teach it to your children. Those around you will admire your consistency and may even start following your example.
Don’t sell yourself short. Strive to make a significant difference in this world.