The You Matter Manifesto is taken from Angela Maier’s ted talk in June 2011. It so speaks to me that I am sharing it with you. Enjoy it’s well worth the 3 minutes it will take you to read.
2 Words Changing the World
These two words can change your mood, change your mind, and have the power to change lives and the world if we understand and leverage them in the right way”
I am not telling you something that you don’t already know – Mattering Matters.
In fact, I’m sure you will agree that it is of the utmost importance to tell our families, our customers, clients, and community – they matter.
But who tells you?
Before we can convince anyone else that we matter we must first convince ourselves. This is not a desperate attempt to justify our existence nor glorify our importance. Knowing we matter is key to our existence as important to our survival as air, food, and water. Consider this Manifesto an acknowledgement of your significance and an official reminder that ….
1. YOU ARE ENOUGH
Do you even realize how much difference you can make? You don’t have to be rich or famous; there is no age limit or specific skill set to acquire. Your presence- your essence- your passion is enough. You already have what it takes to make the world a better place. Making a difference to the world may seem like an enormous task, but it is in fact the collective effort of everyone to make small contributions with a lot of heart. You are just what the world is waiting for.
2. YOU HAVE INFLUENCE
Knowing you can make a difference in the world is sometimes scary to accept. To realize you can literally alter the path of the world is a bit overwhelming. Yet it’s important to accept the influence you own. Whether you accept it or not, you’re changing the course of humanity. The degree to which you do so it entirely up to you.
3. YOU ARE A GENIUS
Seth Godin defines genius as the act of solving a problem in a way no one has solved it before. It has nothing to do with winning a Nobel Prize in physics or certain levels of schooling. It’s about using human insight and initiative to find original solutions that matter. The question is: Have you ever done that? Read on…
4. YOU HAVE A CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE
“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” – Author Unknown
Your painting can bring a smile to someone’s face. Your poetry can lift someone out of a deep slump. Your passion can lead to the creation of something magnificent. The size of the contribution you make is not what matters most. What counts is the effort. We have a responsibility to seek ways to contribute, large and small.
5. YOU HAVE A GIFT THAT OTHERS NEED
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
Happiness and love are the two greatest gifts you can give to the world. Too often, we’re too indulged in our own gratifications we forget there are people in this world whom we can make a little happier and feel more loved. These interventions, ideas, and ideals are the gifts we can give to society. And as the saying goes, “The more we give, the more we’ll receive.”
6. YOU ARE THE CHANGE
“Be the change the world need to see” Ghandi
Sometimes it is in the small encounters with others that we recognize we matter, that our presence is important. A shared smile, an unexpected kindness, leaving each encounter with another positive. It is in these small moments we find opportunity to make the choice to matter. In doing so, we create the relationship, we create the change. We make the world a better place.
7. YOUR ACTIONS DEFINE YOUR IMPACT
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
Action is the world’s greatest currency. If you choose to remain passive in how you live, you still have an impact. If you choose to remain quiet on issues that drive you that too influences humanity. There is no one best time to start to make a difference to the world. You don’t need to wait till you have the time; you don’t have to wait till you make more money; you don’t have to wait to let someone know they matter. Start with these two words, and you will know how much little efforts counts today.
8. YOU MATTER!
To matter means to be of consequence, of importance (but not self-importance;) significant, relevant, worthy of note and of crucial value. To feel appreciated and valued, marginalized, abandoned or ignored. The world may not always affirm this. Your employer may not always tell you that you – and the work you do – are valued. You friends and family without knowing it may not communicate the importance of your presence in their lives. But that doesn’t mean that what you do and who you are doesn’t have a profound impact on the world. It does. And you do.
In the big scheme of things – you make a difference. A big difference. The world would be a very different place – a lesser place – without you.
About this Manifesto:
The YOU MATTER Manifesto is more than just a cheerful sentiment; it is a call to action. Empower yourself and realise the importance of contributing to the world by living your genius. Work on that talent and know you are responsible to put to use the gifts that have been entrusted to you. Mattering is a process not an event. Take your dreams and your talents seriously.
Consider and Share:
◦How do you take responsibility for YOU Matter?
◦How do you let others know they matter?
Let’s make our time together matter! This is only the beginning!