middle-school-dance-feature-788x394Last week I went to my first networking meet up as a business owner. It was a great opportunity, but it felt a lot like a middle school dance.

After the scheduled part was over, people stood around talking and meeting each other. I was able to give out business cards and make some great connections. In fact, I gave out every business card I had taken inside with me.

So I decided to leave.

I walked to my car and started it up. As I was about to put it in reverse, a little voice in my head told me to go back inside. I wasn’t sure why, but I knew I was supposed to go in so I reloaded on business cards and headed inside.

As I awkwardly stood there looking for someone to talk to, a guy walked up and introduced himself. We talked about how we could mutually help each other and I thought maybe that connection was the reason I went back in.

We continued talking and he mentioned he was looking for someone to partner with on a project. Unfortunately for me, what he needed wasn’t anything I could offer. I did know a guy that could probably help him out though. I told him I’d send an email to introduce them, he said thanks, and we parted ways.

Later in the day, I sent the introduction email. Within ten minutes, the guy from the meet up and my friend were on the phone talking about how they could help each other out.

I didn’t go back into the meet up for me.

I went back in for my friends.

And I didn’t even know it.

Whether we realize it or not, our lives are all connected. What I do and don’t do impacts what you are able to do. What you do and don’t do impacts what your best friend is able to do. And so the pattern goes.

This week, as you go about your normal routines, know that they matter.

Know that how you treat the random person you pass in the hall can impact every person they meet that day.

Know that you can make a much greater impact than you realize.

How would your week look different if you acted as if the decisions you make impacted everyone around you?

Would the weight of it scare you?

Or would the possibility excite you?

Err on the side of possibility and watch what can happen.

Say your prayers and take your vitamins.

Have a nice day.