“Aim to make a difference in someone’s life every single day, including your own.”
I love the first word in this quote. To ‘aim’ means to “to intend or direct for a particular effect or purpose.” How many days do we start out so intentionally? How often is the purpose of making a difference in someone else’s life explicitly defined and measured? How about for your own life? Without aiming you are, by default, choosing to drift without direction.
Take 5 minutes in the morning and in as few words as possible write down the answers to these three questions:
Who’s life do I specifically want to impact?
What am I going to do today to impact the life of that person?
How will I enable my ability to make a difference in someone else’s life by taking care of my own mind, body or spirit?
At the end of the day simply read what you wrote down and give yourself a simple yes/no answer on whether you were successful. Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t meet your goal. But I’ll bet when you start doing this regularly you’ll have far more ‘yes’s” than ‘no’s.’
You can’t worry about what you did or didn’t do yesterday; but you can learn from it. You can’t worry about what you will or won’t be able to do tomorrow; but you can prepare for it. The key here is to AIM, and then look and see if you hit your target. If not, then start over tomorrow. Making a difference happens one day at a time.
Ready. Aim. Fire. Review.