The Power of One
Getting the best from yourself and others all starts with the
power of one...
One Thought, One Word, One Action.
"One" is the first note in orchestrating your attitude. Contrary
to the lyrics from a classic rock song, one is not the loneliest
number. It's the most important one!
Your thoughts, words and actions are like individual notes that
work in concert to create the power of one person - YOU - to
make a difference. You can harness your power of one if you
- catch one negative thought and turn it into a positive one,
- think of one thing for which you are grateful at the beginning
of each day,
- say one "Fantastic!" when a friend asks how you are doing,
- assume the best in one upcoming situation,
- keep on moving when you experience adversity,
- help a friend or colleague during a time when you need help.
Many people used to feel that one vote in an election couldn't
really make a difference. Well, recent Presidential elections
that have been decided by razor thin margins have proven them
wrong. A single act does make a difference... it creates a
ripple effect that can be felt many miles and people away.
Susan Komen's life provides a current day example of the power
of one. When Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978,
little was known about the disease and it was rarely discussed
in public. Before her death at age 36, Susan asked her sister
Nancy to do everything she could to bring an end to breast
cancer. Although Nancy wasn't sure that she alone could
accomplish this goal, she kept her promise. In 1982, Nancy
established the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation with
$200 and a shoebox full of names.
In 1983, the first Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" was held.
It attracted 800 runners and raised several hundred thousand
dollars. In 2003, the 20th anniversary of the race, 112 races
were held across the U.S. and two were held internationally,
attracting thousands of volunteers. More than 1.5 million
runners participated, raising $88 million for breast cancer
research, education, screening and treatment.
Since its tentative beginnings, the Komen Foundation has raised
hundreds of millions of dollars to eradicate breast cancer and
has become the worldwide leader in the fight against this
disease. All this good for the world started with one request to
one person who took one action.
All great things start as one small thing.
Life is your Performance
There are no dress rehearsals for the performance we call life.
We get one chance to perform our life's symphony. No one
delivers a perfect performance. We can all expect to miss a note
or two, but we should all strive to learn, grow and improve.
Being our best is more about the journey than the destination.
There are plenty of critics in the world, but don't let them
stop you from delivering a performance that makes a difference.
Remember, you are the conductor of your own attitude.
Did you know that the bumblebee should not be able to fly? Based
on its size, weight and shape of its body in relationship to the
total wing span, a flying bumblebee is scientifically
impossible. The bumblebee, being ignorant of scientific input,
goes ahead and flies anyway and makes honey everyday. Ignore the
sting of negative inputs and thoughts and replace them with
positive ones. If you do, you will be able to achieve things
that no one else thinks is possible!
Play the first note in your symphony today! Start orchestrating
a more positive, powerful attitude. Attitudes don't change
overnight, and they certainly don't change by accident. It's
your choice. So, practice your instruments and you can be the
- expand your team's creative problem solving,
- build a more trusting relationship,
- enhance your household earnings,
- overcome a fear,
- create a defining moment for a needy youngster,
- make your community safer or
- build the confidence of a struggling team member.
For the first seven years of her life, Helen Keller was locked
in a world of blindness and deafness where there was little
human interaction. With the help of her own BEST team who
included her teacher, Anne Sullivan, she found a way out of her
silent existence and into the real world. Like the bumblebee,
Helen became ignorant of her sensory limitations and eventually
graduated from college. She went on to become an author, a
highly sought-after speaker as well as a respected and powerful
advocate for the blind and deaf around the world.
That's a life performance filled with positive attitude and
positive impact - the kind we all want. One note at a time, one
instrument at a time. Orchestrate your attitude and you will get
the best from yourself and others!