We all have dreams. Things we want to dedicate our lives to. Goals we wish to achieve. We have ambitions and aspirations. We want our lives to count for something.
The challenge for all of us, is to establish and stick to a set of strategies that will get us from where we are to where we want to be. Without a strategy we will spend our lives simply treading water, hoping to arrive somewhere, but not knowing how to get there.
The ideas and strategies of Human Optimization™ might be viewed as being idealistic by some. Any time you have a big dream there will be those who criticize you of being unrealistic. Don’t listen to those people. Rather, develop a strategy that will allow you to move steadily toward your goal. It doesn’t have to happen overnight. In fact, any dream worth your attention will take some time to achieve.
The strategies of Human Optimization™ have been developed as a means of achieving an amazing dream—the Optimization of Humanity. The optimization of humanity is a lofty goal.—one which many would scoff at. And yet the strategies engage a process that has the ability to make the dream a reality.
Changing the World
“Human Optimization™” is a system of strategies designed to maximize individual, organizational, relational, leadership, national, and even world potential. This is all very ambitious, and some might even say “idealistic.” Maybe so, but we can’t allow small minded thinkers to determine our destiny.
Human Optimization™ strives to create global change. Taken alone this is way big, and any attempt to initiate that kind of global change can be paralyzing in its scope and complexity. How can anyone possibly achieve such an ambitious goal? Where would a person even begin?
How Do You Change the World?
Participating in global change is a challenge of mass proportion. It seems like an impossible task. Maybe it is. But if it is to be done, there is only one way to do it.
I’m reminded of a story that I heard years ago.
A man was walking down a beach on a warm sunny day when in the distance he saw a young girl picking objects off the beach and throwing them into the ocean. He couldn’t help but wonder what she was up to.
When he approached he asked what she was doing.
“I’m saving the sand dollars,” the girl said.
He looked around and saw thousands of sand dollars on the shore. “Look at them all,” he said, “you can’t possibly make a difference.”
The little girl picked up another sand dollar and threw it into the ocean. “I can make a difference,” she said, “I can make a difference one sand dollar at a time.” As she spoke she picked up another, and threw it into the ocean.
This is an overused illustration (I first heard it over 25 years ago and it’s still being used) that I would never use in a presentation. However, it does make a valid and rather powerful point.
You can make a difference. I can make a difference. We can all make a difference. We do this one person at a time.
One Person at a Time
The ideas and strategies of Human Optimization™ don’t focus on changing the world. That is a wrong and impossible first goal. It will only result in discouragement and disillusionment.
The focus is on changing people. The more people you change in a positive way, the more positive influence they can have on people around them, and on the world. You build an army one soldier at a time. This is the only way to be effective and to create long lasting corporate change. By the way, you also change an organization one person at a time.
You don’t change the world by changing a community, a nation, an ethnic group, a religion, or a continent. You change the world by changing a person; and you do it one person, one human being, at a time. That is how great tasks are accomplished.
You change the world one person, one human being, at a time. And the best person to start with is you—as if that even needed to be said.
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You are an influencer. You influence people around you every day. You influence your children, parents, peers, friends, family, coworkers, fellow gym rats, the person you sit beside on public transit, even the person you are driving behind in traffic. In short, you influence everyone you come into contact with every day. At least you have the potential to influence them. Whether you influence them in a positive or negative way is entirely up to you.
Become aware of the people who cross your path, especially those who are close to you and who cross your path every day. Look for these people. Determine who they are. Make a decision, right now, to be a positive influence in their life. How can you help them to succeed?
Do one thing today to influence one person in a positive way: a word of encouragement, a note, a phone call, a gift. What will it be? Make a decision to do this today. The more you do this, the more your life will begin to count for something.