The Power of You


With more than 7.5 billion people in the world, it can seem a little overwhelming to make a positive impact. You might be thinking, “how can the actions of one person really make a difference?” But truly, the most significant change starts with individuals. According to success coach and writer, Kathy Caprino, positive change often comes from “ordinary” people:

“…people who’ve made a real difference aren’t all privileged, advantaged or “special” by any stretch. Many come from disadvantaged families, crushing circumstances and initially limited capabilities, but have found ways to pick themselves up and rise above their circumstances (and their genes) to transform their own lives and those around them.”

The most seemingly insignificant act or decision could truly be what makes a difference—this is the power of you.

How the Power of You Can Make an Impact

Positive change does not have to be big. Examine the example of Stanislav Petrov, often known as the Soviet lieutenant colonel who saved your life. This seemingly normal man is credited with the world as we know it today. In 1983, Petrov was on duty in a facility that detected early warnings of a nuclear missile attack. The system detected the launch of nuclear weapons from the United States but Petrov did not return nuclear missiles, as was dictated by protocol. Later, it was determined the system had malfunctioned.

This simple decision saved billions of lives and the world as we know it.

Small act = Huge impact

When faced with small decisions, ask yourself how the choice you make might impact others and you will find that you are able to affect those around you in a positive way.

Simple Ways You Can Make a Difference

Making a difference is easier than you might think. Here are a few ways you can positively impact others around you:

  • Be productive: Productive days often leave us with a sense of accomplishment and a smile on our faces. Plan your days so that you set your sights on your goals and you work towards them each day.
  • Try to communicate in a positive manner: Communication is an important part of how you interact with those around you every day. Think about how your words and body language could impact others and seek to improve those methods to focus on positivity.
  • Prepare yourself with a positive mindset: Successful individuals have an almost tangible positivity to them. This is the result of a positive mindset. Instead of being defeated by your own doubts, prepare yourself with a positive mindset to attack the day ahead of you.
  • Become a planner: Purposeful planning can be the tool you need to succeed. Don’t wait for opportunities to fall in your lap. Be purposeful and plan for the impact you want to make.

With these simple choices, you can harness the power of you and start making an impact now.