It’s been said that if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. So, what does it really mean to “make a difference”? It’s an oft-used phrase, but have we really thought about what it means? Is saying “I want to make a difference” enough? Is simply trying to make a difference enough, or is a tangible improvement the only thing we’ll settle for?
Consider the definitions below:
- To make: to cause (something) to exist or come about; to bring about
- Difference: a point or way in which people or things are not the same
“Making a difference” now takes on a more specific meaning. No longer can we stop at saying we want to make a difference. We cannot simply try to change. We must bring about a safe atmosphere in which we allow ourselves or others to no longer be the same.
But doing what we’ve always done is comfortable. It’s easy. But is what we have really all we want? Have our team members reached their full potential or do they still have talents we haven’t found? Are we relentlessly pursuing the success of our customers and employees, and are we genuinely improvement-minded? If not, what are we going to do differently?
Make a difference today.
Do something you’ve never done before in order to make things better. Help a co-worker through a difficult task. Offer a helping hand to a customer to make his or her day easier. Share a personal story about safety with a craft worker.
Set a goal, make a plan and enjoy your success. You’ll make a difference!