I am always surprised at how often I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. The opportunities can sometimes be easy to miss and walk right by. One such encounter happened to me 2 years ago. However, I just learned of it last Monday.
I received a phone call from the father of a current division 1 college baseball player. This is not any ordinary college baseball player. He is a young man who has a great chance to be a high draft pick in the 2015 major league baseball draft.
This father shared with me that by my simple act of reaching out to his son when he was a junior in high school, showing interest in him as a potential prospect, and encouraging him, gave his son the nudge and confidence to believe that he was talented enough to compete against other professional high school prospects in the area. He thanked me, and went on to share how he and his son still talk about that moment today. It was a “Wow” moment for me.
In that moment a few things became very clear to me…
1) Be Intentional: Be aware of those around you and intentionally look for opportunities to encourage, empower, and influence others. You never know what small gesture or word you might say or do that will help that individual to the next level in life.
2) Little Things Make A Big Difference: Truthfully, you could argue that my gesture was small. However, to this player and his father it clearly wasn’t. Having someone remind him there is greatness in him, and that he was as good as the rest – and better than the best, could prove to be very big.
3) Making A Difference in Someone Else – Makes A Difference In Us: When we seek to make a difference in someone else’s life, the biggest difference often times occurs in us. I walked away feeling good about myself for not being in a hurry and for encouraging a young influential baseball player that he had ability and could be a very good baseball player someday.
Today, don’t be surprised if you are given the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. It will be easy to miss, or even ignore. Don’t!!!
Choose a different way. Be a noticer and a doer. Someone needs for you to remind them they can be great.
“Leadership is intentional influence.”
The word intentional takes it to another level. Many leaders achieve accidental influence. But the best ones are intentional.
Would the people you are influencing describe your leadership as intentional or accidental? Charisma, skill, and personality all live in the accidental camp …while humility, collaboration, and careful focus reside in the intentional world.
If you want to make a difference today, I suggest you start with being more intentional. You just never know what phone call might be coming your way. Have a great week!
Is there an area where you need to be more intentional to make a difference in someone’s life?