By Skyler Zarndt MS, ATC, RSCC
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. ~Jane Goodall
Like it or not, every single day we will have an impact on those around us. This impact will be positive, or it will be negative. There is no neutral. We either give, or we take.
Just like Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. No escaping it, no denying it.
So with that said, ask yourself this question:
What IMPACT do I want to have on the world around me?
This doesn’t have to be anything profound. It doesn’t have to be anything that will be recorded in history books. If it is, outstanding. It probably won’t be, but that’s okay. Because our greatest impact will be on those closest to us. Our family, our friends, our colleagues at work.
When deciding what impact you want to have, break it down into “The 4 2’s.”
What impact will I make 2-day?
What impact will I make 2-morrow?
What impact will I make in 2 years?
What impact will I make in 2 decades?
(I understand that the 4 2’s makes more sense as auditory stimuli, but you get the idea).
Align your daily activities and your decision making with the impact you want to have in this world.
The impact pendulum swings both directions. Make the decision to never be the reason for someone’s bad mood or their crappy day.
Just as a pebble thrown into the water creates a ripple, our actions have an effect on all of those around us.
Be the difference.
Have an impact.