Any change, whether it’s a change you initiate at work or a worldwide initiative to end poverty, start with one – one person, one thought, one word, one action.

Contrary to the lyrics from a classic rock song, one is not the loneliest number. It’s the most important number!

Many people used to feel that one vote in an election couldn’t really make a difference. Well, presidential elections that have been decided by razor-thin margins have proven them wrong. A single act does make a difference … it creates a ripple effect that can be felt many miles and people away. Help one colleague, raise expectations for teamwork. Encourage one service rep, improve a customer’s experience. Take one moment to help a distraught friend, build loyalty forever.

Your thoughts, words and actions create the power of one person – YOU – to make a difference. You can harness your power of one if you simply:

  1. Catch one negative thought and turn it into a positive one,
  2. Think of one thing for which you are grateful at the beginning of each day,
  3. Say one “Fantastic!” when a friend asks how you are doing,
  4. Assume the best in one upcoming situation,
  5. Keep on moving when you experience adversity,
  6. Help a friend or colleague during a time when you need help.

A single act does make a difference … it creates a ripple effect that can be felt many miles and people away.

You make a difference every day – one way or another. It takes the same amount of time to make a positive difference as it does to make a negative difference. It only takes a small act to turn someone’s day from awful to awesome. Your goal is not to change the entire world, but to change the world of those whose paths you cross.

  1. You change the world of an employee whom you encourage after a tough day.
  2. You change the world of a customer whose problem you handle in a hassle-free manner.
  3. You change the world of your boss by sending him a note of appreciation.
  4. You change the world of the mailroom clerk when you ask about his family.
  5. You change the world of the person whom you let take the good parking space you could have had.
  6. You change the day of the store clerk whom you look in the eye and sincerely ask about her day.

Don’t ever forget how very important you are, and multiply your power of one today!

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