Sunday, April 02, 2006

Ripple Action Monday

One of my readers recently asked me to give a simple definition of the "ripple." Excellent idea my friend and let me take that one step further and not just talk about it but pose a challenge to all of my readers.

First....In my mind, a ripple is an action....a cause set in motion.

Often times the actions we take, big or small, seldom mean much to us but can have a profound and imporant impact on the people around us.

It can be something as simple as holding a door open for a woman (or a man) and looking them in th eye, smiling and giving them a hardy "good morning" greeting. It can also be something as little as a compliment to a co-worker about how "fantastic they look today." It could be agreeing to pick up that extra day of carpool for kids' ride to school. The point's something! It's an action you take on behalf of someone else.

It is easy to put the positive effects of the ripple to work for you today. Here's your challenge... Why not start this week with a plan. Decided to do something extra-ordinary for two people that you most want to make an impact on this week. The challenge is to do something positive and unique each of the next five days. I contend that at the start of next week, if you do something each of these next five days, you will find that the relationship you have with these two people will be forever changed. Trust me!

So what do you do? Oh that is the challenge!

If you are really struggling with something to come up with here are some simple, yet effective suggestions:

  • Bring in a cup of coffee with a short hand written note wishing the person a "Great Day."
  • Leave a voice mail on their office/cell phone letting them know you are "thinking about them."
  • Agree to help the with a special project around their house or at the office.
  • Pick up the phone and invite them to an early evening dessert and spend the whole time talking about them.
  • Determine someone that you know the person should get to know and make an introduction on their behalf.
  • Send a handwritten card
  • Make a donation in their name and let them know about it
The opportunities are endless and these are just a few basic examples.

To be clear....the goal is to do something each of the next five days. It doesn't have to be life altering or some massive action. It's the effort that makes this work and you will be surprised at how even the smallest of actions that you take on someone's behalf can create the biggest of ripples!

Let me hear from you and what kinds of ripples you start!

Have a fantastic week and as always....

Ripple On!

Steve Harper

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