Many people want to “make a difference.” They long to be the spark, the active ingredient that causes potential to be actualized. This is what is beautiful about being human.
The disconnect, however, is when we examine the habits of people: Most repeated behaviors are designed for the comfort, safety or fulfillment of self. (I know this as I recognize the intentions of many of my habits.)
It’s worth reflecting: What recurrent actions do I take that make a difference for those around me?
Few actions ignite insights and support others the way questions do. This is why I enjoy Michael Bungay Stanier’s new book, The Coaching Habit. Within the book is a repeatable formula of questions proven to support others in just about any scenario.
Observe yourself today: In those moments when others are in need, what do you do? What’s your habit? And, are your actions making a difference you desire?
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