There are everyday things you can do to make an impact, even if you don’t enjoy being in the spotlight. A crowd can be a nightmare for an introvert, and even the most social people eventually run short on time and energy. Sometimes adding a new activity to the schedule to make an impact feels like too much work or too much effort.
The truth is, you can make an impact by doing everyday things that are already on your schedule. Simply look around you and see how you can improve current situations.
Small things, like helping an elderly neighbor or babysitting for a friend with small kids can make a big difference for them. Even simpler, smiling and being kind to the person who waits on you or rings up your purchase. Let someone out in traffic, return a grocery cart, help lift groceries into the car, etc.
The key is to pay attention to your surroundings. What do you see? Ask yourself these questions:
Is there a need that I can fill in this moment? Whether it’s being kind to someone who looks down or offering to reach an item for an elderly person on a high shelf in the store, you can do something that will make a difference. Making simple conversation and acknowledging someone while you are out doing errands is not adding to your workload, it is enhancing it.
Is there someone who I can encourage today? We all spend time waiting. Waiting in line. Waiting in the reception area. Waiting at the DMV. Use this time to make a difference. Send a picture of your new grandchild to a friend from your smartphone. Let someone know you are thinking of them and give them a call from your hands-free device in your car while you commute. Use your downtime to make an impact while you wait.
Is there a need near me? Do you live in a neighborhood? Do you know your neighbors? Pay attention to the needs of those right next to you. Take the trash cans to or from the curb for your neighbor. Offer to walk their dog or make them dinner once per week to give them a break. Offer to fix something you see broken, or make a small effort to improve their personal space.
How can I be kind to the people I see? You don’t need to go out of your way to find people to be kind to. Just be kind to those who cross your path naturally. Give up the open parking space to someone else. Let someone go before you in the checkout line. Pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru. Smile or give a compliment as you pass someone by. Focus on the people in front of you and make an impact effortlessly.
Making an impact is as simple as doing the everyday things you are already out doing. Pay attention to your surroundings and you will find unlimited ways to make an impact.