Every morning you should ask yourself "What one thing could I do today that would make a positive difference in my life and the lives of those around me?" "ME?" I hear you say "Me? Little old me, how can I make a difference. I am not important, or powerful, or rich, I am just an ordinary citizen struggling to make a living. How can I make a difference?"

Well the very first thing that you should do is to change your attitude about yourself, because until you think that you are special you won't be. Until you can recognise the magnificent potential that is locked up in side you, strapped down by all those negative beliefs, you will not be able to release it and live to your full potential.

The great tragedy of life is that so many people go to their graves with their lives unlived. They had dreams that they never acted on. They lived the sort of life that they felt was expected of them. They were so busy trying to please other people, that they had no time for their own happiness.

This you must know, there are people who love you, and care about you, and respect you, but until you learn to love and care about yourself, until you learn to respect yourself, you will never truly accept the love, care and respect of others.

You have the greatest power of any living thing on this planet. You have the power of choice. You have the power to chose how to behave, what to say and when to say it. You have the power to control your attitude. You have the power to make a difference.

You have the power to choose whether your words build or break. You can choose whether your contribution is constructive or destructive. You can choose whether your influence is positive or negative.

Choose to make difference. Choose to look for the positive in all things, if you really can't find something positive to say or do, then rather do and say nothing. Choose to be a centre of certainty in an uncertain world. Choose to create a climate of hope and enthusiasm in yourself and those around you.

Realise that you do not have to do something earth shattering to make a difference. It's the little things that often have the greatest impact. A smile, a friendly word, a compliment, a helping hand, a sympathetic ear, these are the things that you can do every day and the only cost is that you put your ego in your pocket for a while and you give your attention to the other person's feelings.

Learn to get your satisfaction from helping others to feel better about themselves and their lives. Have the courage, because you love and respect yourself and you realise that you are a wonderful person, to reach out to others confident and secure in your own strength.

When you were born you were given the gift of life, may to-day be the day that you accept that gift. Realise that you were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success and endowed with the seeds of greatness. Strip off your suit of worry and despair, put on the armour of belief and enthusiasm then march boldly into life. Take no timid steps, think no timid thoughts. Dare to become all you are capable of becoming. Dare to "Change your life from making a living to making a difference."

Author's Bio: 

A professional speaker and trainer, Johan delivers exciting and empowering presentations, seminars and workshops.

Johan has the ability to make the most complicated subject easy to understand and the most sensitive subject easy to deal with.

He is the author of:
"Thoughts to live by" Vol 1 and 2 compilations of 99 specially selected inspirational and motivational messages; and
"A Practical Guide to Employee Management" a complete "do it yourself Human Resources guide.

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