A video of author Simon Sinek describing the millennial generation sparked a global conversation. In particular, he claims that we’re always looking for ways to ‘make an impact – whatever that means’. So here at Anything Goes Lifestyle we decided to take a look at ways in which you can do just that, in all aspects of your life.
1. Speak up with new ideas at work
One of the best ways to make a an impact at work is to bring a little bit of yourself to your team and your projects, so don’t be afraid to speak up in the next brainstorming session or team meeting. Whether you notice a way to be more efficient, or you can make suggestions on ways to build team morale, all of these things can help you to stand out among the rest.
2. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
Helping at a shelter allows you to get to know the people you’re helping and really make a difference to their day. Knowing that somebody cares enough to take time out of their lives to serve them food will help people stay positive and fight for something. That’s so much more valuable than dropping some change in their lap on your way past.
3. Donate things to those less fortunate
Unless something is literally falling apart at the seams (and maybe even then), somebody can probably find a use for it so don’t just chuck your old stuff away. Take the time to go down to your local charity shop and ensure that somebody can benefit from what you no longer need. Recycling centres are also great deposit points for unwanted textiles. You’d be surprised by the use they find for even the most unloved items.
4. Take the time to help a friend in need
Have a friend that’s mentioned they’re moving house? Why not offer to help them. Or maybe your neighbour is going away for the week and needs somebody to feed their cats and water their plants, why not offer to help them out?
5. Work on your own happiness and mental state
Although it is great to help other people, it’s important to ensure that you look after yourself. And you’ll probably find that by doing so, helping others and making a difference in the lives of others will come that much easier.
Take the time to find out what’s important to you. For example, I know that if I don’t find the time to binge watch TV shows over and over again, eat bread, and write every week, then I’m going to be no use at work, to my friends and family, or to anybody else I come across.
6. Provide helpful feedback to your colleagues
Even when somebody else in the office is working on something great, there is room for you to contribute. And you never know, they might secretly be feeling overwhelmed and looking for a little guidance but are unsure of how to ask for it.
Giving them a little bit of feedback could either help them iron out that bit of the project they weren’t so sure about, and/or give them the confidence boost they need. Either way, you’ll be making an impact on their day.
7. Make sure you’re always listening
This is one of my new year’s resolution this year and it’s a great way to help make an impact on your life and the lives of those around you. Sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in your own stuff and forget to listen to those close to you when they’re reaching out.
So make sure you’re listening, even when you’re feeling a little bit lost in your own world, you never know whether it might make a difference to them and to you.
8. Take part in a charity run
Whether you’re a regular runner or wanting to take up a healthy hobby, this is a great way to make an impact. Both to your health and to the charity in which you’re supporting.
9. Raise money through something you love
If you don’t think you can manage running a fair few miles to make a difference (which I totally get), then why not see how else you can raise some cash and awareness for a good cause? Some ideas might be selling some art, hosting a coffee morning, or putting on a show for your loved ones.
10. Call your grandparents and see if they need anything
Sometimes our grandparents (and our parents) can feel as if they’re bothering us by asking for our help. But it’s important to let them know that that’s not the case. The easiest things that you can take for granted, such as laundry, putting up a shelf, or cutting the grass, can seem like an impossible task for the elderly. So why not run some errands and do a few chores to help them out. After all, they made your parents, who made you, so they must be pretty great.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to move mountains to make an impact in your life or in the lives of others, there are lots of little things that will let you do just that. You just need to look for any opportunity.