Right now, there’s a lot going on in the world that may feel overwhelming. But there are ways you can make an impact and make a difference.
One of the best actions you can take is to start being more helpful and kind to others. It doesn’t take much effort, and it will have a huge effect.
1. Be Yourself
As humans, we are wired to seek meaning and fulfillment. However, how we express this drive varies from individual to individual.
One person may find meaning through volunteering, while another finds fulfillment through becoming an influential leader.
Authentic, trustworthy individuals typically build stronger connections and experience less pressure when working towards their goals.
2. Be Honest
Honesty is an essential trait of leadership and can make you a more effective leader by getting more done. Additionally, honesty helps build trust and respect with those on your team.
People who perceive you as honest will be more inclined to provide feedback to you. This helps determine what areas need improvement within your team.
Honesty can make you a more effective leader by equipping you with the ability to prioritize what matters most and focus on your strengths. It will also increase your confidence and agility when making decisions.
3. Take Action
No matter the problem you’re trying to solve, turn around an obstacle or reach your goal, taking action is the first step. Acting is one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself and the world.
Make a difference by taking action on an issue that affects your community or environment. It can be as easy as choosing a cause you care about or organizing friends and family in protest or service projects.
Volunteering is an invaluable opportunity to make a difference and enhance your life. Not only does it open doors for new experiences, it helps build social connections, boosts self-worth and boosts confidence levels alike.
Volunteering has a positive effect on your mental health and wellbeing. By increasing serotonin levels and making you feel more energized, volunteering can be an effective tool in managing stress or depression.
Consistent social interaction has numerous health benefits that manifest quickly in your body and last a lifetime. Volunteering has been linked to lower blood pressure, an extended lifespan and healthier brain function.
5. Be a Listener
Listening is an invaluable skill that can make a huge difference in many conversations, from day-to-day interactions with colleagues to creating genuine connections as a manager. It helps you take in information, comprehend someone, build rapport or soothe someone who feels anxious.
Active listening involves paying close attention to a speaker’s message, processing it, and responding appropriately. It requires empathy as well.
6. Use Your Voice
Your voice is a powerful instrument that empowers you to advocate for what you believe in and express your ideas with others. It has been the force behind movements throughout history that have promoted freedom and democracy.
Make a difference by using your voice to motivate and educate others, especially young adults. Up with People provides young people with the chance to travel the world while learning how to use their voices for positive social impact.
Research has demonstrated that when you are fully present and connected to your intuition, your voice is at its most potent. Your authentic voice has the unique capacity to truly engage and touch people in ways no other form of communication can.