Making A Positive Difference?


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Intention to change is not change.

Change Is Not Change... Until It Is Change.

Survival has always depended on change.


 

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What we do affects others.

Making a positive difference starts with

people helping people. ? 

 

 When we do the right thing...

everyone benefits.

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If enough individuals
 
do what they can
 
where they are,
 
those single efforts can add up,
 
and make a positive difference.
 
 
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http://www.xaraxone.com/guest/guest70/spinning-globe.gifThoreau once observed that most people lead

lives of quiet desperation

and go to the grave with the song

still in them. 

 

We've come head on with this

quiet desperation.

What difference do we make?

 

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is:

What are we doing for others?"

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

"Difference Makers" are those who believe

they have a strong drive and conviction

about making a  positive difference in the world.

They know they are on this earth to lead, encourage or

inspire positive change. They put considerable energy,

effort, and time into actualizing the difference they pursue.

They live for the course they are effecting.

 

Think About It...

Information to ponder.

 

There are some ways that ego can get in the way of

our ability to accomplish those things which could

make a positively good difference.

 

   1.) It is easy to get on an "Ego trip" and believe too much in our self

importance. This can take various forms. It's easy to make others "wrong" if

they don't share our passion. It's a short step from there to believing that any

who do not agree with us, or even worse, actively oppose our ideas are evil".

From these positions, it becomes impossible to bring others into alignment

with our objectives. Force becomes our only methodology and that is a

fool's game.

 

2.) Another form of ego comes disguised as "playing small" or

believing we don't have what it takes.See  full size image

This is not so obviously ego until you examine it

more closely. If you believe you have a particular

purpose, pretending you don't have the ability to

accomplish it at least suggests a bit of laziness about gaining needed skills,

developing confidence and doing what it takes to be assured of having the

needed abilities.

Isn't there a bit of ego involved if we don't take the needed actions to

ensure success of the mission? Isn't it egotistical not to do what is

required to fulfill the purpose?

 

3.) Sometimes ego comes disguised as "Lone wolf" mentality. We

believe no one can help us. Only we know how and are able to "Do it

right".

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We discount any contributions from others. We refuse and reject help.

We ignore suggestions. We always believe that we are the only ones

who know anything. We discourage input from others.

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Our behaviors, communications

and reactions all clearly inform

others that their ideas and opinions

are unwelcome and are rejected.

On top of this, we will frequently

play "Victim" of having to do it all

and play long suffering games

about everything falling on our

shoulders to do. We never once

acknowledge the irony of how we

create this dynamic. We never see

what we are doing and if we do,

we refuse to acknowledge it.

 

4.) It is easy to get into ego also by allowing self importance to creep

in. This can come about subtly and be outside our awareness. Here are

some of the forms this might take.

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We could start to imagine we are more significant than others who

aren't out to make a difference. We could start to discount or minimize

any beliefs, actions or missions of others. We could imagine that only

what we are here to accomplish has importance. We could fail to

support others. We could become self centered in our mission.

 

5.) Believing we are not important and that our contribution is not

important can also be a kind of ego.

 

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 Think of it this way:

contributions from all are

required to make up the whole.

In that context, how can we

justify withholding our

contribution by believing

in our lack of importance? We

make our contribution less

important simply through the

process of performing in a

wimpy and unfulfilling way.

 

 

It a form of ego to be given certain gifts but to feel no responsibility

toward developing them.

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6.) Another way ego can stop difference makers is to ignore right

timing. Most things have an optimal timing and we usually have a

good sense of what this is. You may find yourself attempting to rush

the timing and find yourself pushing and forcing and feeling

disappointed at lack of results. If this is you, recognize your timing

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On the other end, many of us

will have a sharp awareness of

right timing but fail to act when

we need to - and let the window

of opportunity pass by. This is

extremely unsettling because we

 know better. It seems a

conscious choice to be passive when action is required. Typically

"Crises" will arise or "Time wasters" will intervene, but the difference

maker is clearly aware that their time to act is passing them by - and

chooses not to act. Isn't some version of ego involved in that?

Ego can come disguised in many ways.

There are the obvious versions of ego where our self importance

blinds us to the importance of others. There's the ego of "Nobody can

do it as great as I can". There's the ego of believing our contribution is

not important. Ego takes on many disguises to stop difference makers.

Don't let yourself be fooled by ego. Stay aware of timing and don't 

play small or "not important".

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 Always remember

and never forget...

 Ego is the acronym for:

 Easing

 God     

Out     

 Easing God Out!

 The secret to happiness in this world

is to keep God in the forefront of all of our affairs,

  to do God's will, to inspire, motivate, educate and inspire one another.

 

We all have influence.

Why is it that we as people

are afraid to exercise our influence

towards the very things

we care most about? 

 

 

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May we prayerfully

think about the places

and ways

we can reach out

and give back world_spinning_11.gif spinning globe image by phrancquie

in our communities

and around the world.



 

 

 

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