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[dropcap]But[/dropcap] how do I know? This is the question I have received repeatedly since my last post on how we make a difference in the world and in the lives of others. It seems that many of you don’t like or resonate with the simple answer of, “because you are here.”

Which in truth is the answer. You wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t a reason for your being here and if you couldn’t make a difference. However, because the question has been raised once again I will suggest 3 specific ways to know you are making a difference in the world. 

Stop comparing yourself to other people and what they do in the world. Who they are and what they do has nothing to do with who you are and what you are here to do. Be yourself in every way possible. By being YOU, your own uniqueness, you are making a difference in the world. There is not, and never will be, another you. So be you! 

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet this is what we struggle with most in life. We continuously try to become someone other than who we are by making comparisons to who others are and what they do, thinking that somehow if “I am more like them” I will have more to contribute to the world and to others.

The world has way too many “I wanna be like” people and not enough “I am who I am” people with the courage to live in full expression of their beingness.

Be you and the world is a much better place. ~ Jim Phillips Click To Tweet

Make a list of all who have made a difference in your life and how. I know, I just said don’t compare yourself to others and now I am asking you who has made a difference in your life. I do this not so you can be like them, but so you realize that those who have made the most difference in your life are not necessarily the most successful, most popular, most attractive or most influential. They are the people with whom you come into contact on a daily basis. 

Yes, you might know some famous person you admire who has made a difference, but I am willing to bet that those for whom you hold the most respect and who have been the most influential are not famous. Take note of how these folks are just being who they are and in that expression are making a difference in the world and the lives of others, including you. 

Be conscious about the difference you are making in this world. Give yourself “props” when you see and feel how you have made someone else feel. Let go of the belief that to make a difference it has to be a singular monumental thing you have to do or create, or for that matter, that it has to be monumental at all. 

Well, I take that back, for everything you do that makes a difference in a person’s life is monumental, even if only to them. But monumental doesn’t mean it has to be played out on the world’s stage or shared 5,000 times on Facebook. Who you are and what you do in this world is for your experience and expression of your true Self.

If what you are doing or who you are being is to gain the recognition or acceptance of others, you are not living in full expression of your truth. When we know who we truly are, and we live from that knowing, that is enough. When we live in full expression others will surely take notice. And that is the difference we make in this world.

Serving as an example to others of the truth of who they are and of what they are capable is the greatest gift each of us has to offer one another and the world.

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A few questions we might ask our Self to further clarify our position and influence in this world is:

  1. Why do I deny myself the full experience and expression of who I am?
  2.  What is it that I fear that prevents me from living in the Truth of who I know I am?”

Would love to hear your answers. Please leave them in the reply box below.

Until next time,

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