World hunger. World peace. Global warming. No access to clean drinking water. No access to education. Discrimination. There are so many causes to choose from. Chances are I have not even listed your favorite cause. I am not trying to stress you out. We have many opportunities to improve our people and our planet.
From a less global perspective we have many opportunities to improve our immediate communities and we definitely have team members we would love to improve as well.
Whether you seek global or local improvements – or both, there is a common element. That element is YOU.
You cannot help with any cause until you become the kind of person who cares about a cause enough to work toward that cause. You start by becoming aware of a need for change, then you become interested in making that change happen and then you find a way to help make that change happen. You become a person who is willing and able to bring about change. People will see this in you.
This is true whether you are helping to save the polar bears or helping a team member employ better time management skills. You cannot really help someone until they see you as the kind of person who they would accept help from or until they see you as someone to be admired or imitated.
When you improve yourself and others see who you are, then you can make a difference.
Well, except the polar bears. The polar bears see you as lunch.
Don’t be lunch for a polar bear, do become the best version of you possible.