ANALYZING THE DIFFERENCE MAKERS: 7 Qualities to Consider For Yourself
In 1977, country music legend Ronnie Milsap released a song entitled What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life. (Just for the record, I still like this song.) When we hear it, we can’t help but think of those who have had some kind of impact on our lives–perhaps a parent, grandparent, pastor, boss, neighbor, spouse, mentor, teacher, coach, sibling, child, or even someone you’ve admired from a distance. We might even consider bigger influencers out there like Steve Jobs, Tim Tebow, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Billy Graham, and the like.
As I reflect on those who have made a difference in my life, they seem to possess similar qualities. Qualities I admire. Qualities I desire.
- Validate others – Giving worth and value to people they interact with.
- Focus on the positive – Trite, but true. Negativity is the biggest buzz kill ever.
- Have a spine – Confidently standing firm on their position and everyone knows it.
- Lead by example – Serving, doing, fully engaging in the work to be done.
- Deliver – Following through on what they say they will do.
- Leave you feeling better than before your contact with them – Encouraging, supporting, energizing, and filling the tank of those they come into contact with.
- Value relationships over revenue – Majoring on investment in the lives of people not profit.
Tom Brokaw once said, “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” Just because it’s tougher doesn’t mean we don’t try.
Who has made a difference in your life? In whose life can you make a difference? (Feel free to share your thoughts.)