To have an impact is the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. In terms of relationships, it translates to one person's actions having an influence on others. I am a true believer that you most certainly attract the energy you put out. It's like a boomerange. You treat others the way you want others to treat you.
Your attitude and behavior can positively or negatively affect a person, their behavior, their actions, their perceptions and even their attitudes. A person may not always be aware of his or her attitude or the effect it is having on behavior. A leader or team member who has positive attitudes towards other co-workers can positively influence those around them. Your smile can be a huge variable in someone's day. Your friendliness has the power to be contagious and spread fast. Your generosity can be the one thing that makes someone's day. Your empathy can make someone's day.
Your behavior could also be a deficit, not only for your self but for others around you as well. Your energy, if negative, could attract negative people to you. An unhappy person has the power to attract other unhappy individuals. Research has proven that a negative attitude or a mean, negative behavior could ultimately impair your daily functions. It could have unsolicited legal and financial repercussions, and can lead to mental health issues such as depression and even could lead anyone to thoughts of suicide. That is quite powerful.
Think about the people in your life and the relationships that you have. You might be able to see a pattern between the way you choose to treat others, and the relationships that you have. Make a conscientous effort to choose your attitude so that you can impact how your relationship flourishes. Each day do what you can to be there for someone, where as it is your co-worker or your loved one. Make each and every day count.
Something to remember is that the impact you have on others, by the actions or words you share, are what people will remember you by. At my sweet mother's funeral, even though I was not very engaged I must admit, I do recall so many people attending...each one of them sharing small and grand gestures she had bestowed on each of them. So many stories from my mom baking a pie or cake for them. Countless stories of helping others. Countless stories of unselfish acts. Immesureable narratives of feeding individual people and families alike. So people did not remember what she had, they recalled her actions and gestures she shared- the impact she made in their lives.
What is your impact on others? What will people remember about you, after you're gone?