A Late Night Car Ride:
I was talking with a close friend the other evening about some pretty deep stuff: Life and its' meaning, Happiness and its' availability, Change and its' possibilities. I began to explain to my friend that I often find myself thinking about the immensity of the world and all of those who live in it. I explained to him that I often find myself in a state of mental turmoil, wrestling between my mere existence and the inevitability that I, myself, couldn't possibly make all of the positive changes to the world that I want.
During this conversation in an old, beat-up F-150, a question popped into my head: In the course of our lives, in doing the things we do - in other words, in constantly improving ourselves - is it better to change the lives of 20 people with 100% impact, or change the lives of 200 people with 10% impact? In doing simple math, both changes will result in a 2000% "Net Impact" on people's lives - but which is better? Is there a way we can combine the 2 and change 200 lives with 100% impact?
Sphere 1 vs. Sphere 2 - Which Makes Most Sense?
In the grand scheme of it all, we realistically can't do everything: we all can't be superman. By making subtle changes in our lives, I realize that a single change and single decision may not necessarily impact somebody, say, on the other side of the world directly, but in some way or another, through the ripple effect, changes will be - and can be - made.
Realize that you have a lot more influence over the people around you, and the people not around you than you may think. If defining yourself and making positive changes for yourself doesn't give you enough motivation to make those changes, then let the inevitability of your Sphere of Influence be that motivation. While we improve ourselves, we're not just improving ourselves: We're improving everybody around us.
Define yourself. Realize your Sphere of Influence. Make the change!