Focus on areas where you can make a difference:
It’s that time of year when people think about how to live healthier, happier and richer lives. The new year also often reminds us that life is short. As a year finishes its obvious that we’ve gotten another year older. Time is precious. This is a fact that can’t be changed — it is a given.
Life is busy. There is so much to get done in a single day:
*clubs and groups
*cleaning, cooking and so much more.
So how do you make a success out of the time that you have? Focus on the elements that you have some control over and then let go of the rest.
For example, if a colleague asks you for help at work, then this is something you can do or decide not to do. If you can support them and choose to do so then you will most likely get postive results. However, if every person in your city asks you for help, well then this is probably very little you can realistically do. Beating yourself up over it isn’t going to get the work done and that stress is a further waste of your time.
I’m speaking on a personal level here about what an individual can achieve. Of course if we collectively got together to work towards change then lots more can be accomplished together. There is always strength in numbers.
There are areas where you can make a personal difference and others where you’ll never be able to make a dent. Focus your caring and ability to help those in need where you can achieve results. If you waste time struggling to change things that can’t be improved then life will fly by before your eyes and you’ll miss it. You’ll feel frustrated and maybe your personal life and health will suffer because of the ongoing struggle.
If you allocate your time to areas where you can make a difference and even achieve real change, then life becomes richer and more fulfilled. Ironically, the richer your life gets the more time you will find that you have!
Here are a few examples:
1. If you know the maître d’ at your significant other’s favorite restaurant, perhaps you can call them to book the best table for Friday night.
2. If you know a startup Founder then perhaps you can partner with them to not only help them launch but grow your own business at the same time.
3. If you know a local government leader then maybe you can rally to help drive legislation that will make your community a cleaner, safer or more prosperous place to life.
My point is: look at your network and examine what influence you already have and what change you can set in motion using your existing influence.
However before you can influence others, change starts within. The only definite influence we have is over ourselves. Begin with yourself then spread that infectious energy of yours outwards. Do let it spread — don’t waste time preaching to those who won’t listen. Remember, focus on what you can change and let the rest go.
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