In our efforts to improve the world – or just improve ourselves, sometimes we need a catalyst.
Science says that a catalyst is a substance that starts or hastens a chemical reaction. In the broader spectrum, a catalyst can be so much more than something born of science. And, yet a catalyst can be an event – or a person that uses change or taction to make things happen.
If you think about it, there are some things in your life that have altered or changed your life. Maybe it was a promotion, a move, an accident, a powerful prayer, or a diagnosis. Perhaps it was a chance meeting with an old friend, or a phone call from a family member, or an encouraging word, even a smile from a stranger.
Frequently the force behind life’s most meaningful events is a person. Some people just have a way of changing the status quo. They walk in to a room and make everyone feel better, and act better. They bring light and love, goodness, a positive feeling, patience, and perspective.
Of course the opposite is also true. There are those who prevent good things from happening. Either their attitudes or their actions have a negative tone that does nothing but tear down, and demean. They seem to hinder growth and cooperation, friendship, and understanding.
Whether we realize it or not, we have opportunities all around us to be a catalyst – either for someone else, or for our own life. Each day, and even several times during the day, we can inspire growth in ourselves and in others. A positive catalyst does not need to be the most charismatic, or commanding person in the room. But a positive catalyst carries an attitude that is such where they are able to move things forward in a positive manner.
Often the most effective catalyst is quiet and observing. They try their best to be of service to others, and leave each person – and each situation better than how they found it. Of course they aren’t always happy 24/7, and they certainly aren’t perfect, but they try to be a catalyst for positive change. Good things don’t just happen, they are usually sparked by someone who makes good things happen.
Here’s a quick example to prove the point. Philo Farnsworth is credited as the inventor of the modern television. He made many contributions that were crucial to the early development of the all-electronic television. He is perhaps best known for his 1927 invention of the first fully functional all-electronic image pickup device (Video camera tube), know as the “image dissector”, as well as the first fully functional and complete all-electronic television system. He was also the first person to demonstrate such a system to the public. Farnsworth developed a television system complete with receiver and camera, which he produced commercially in the form of the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Today billions of people all around the globe watch programs, movies, documentaries, athletic games, news and many forms of entertainment right from the comforts of their own home or office. Philo Farnsworth took his vision and turned it into reality, and today billions of people are the benefactors of his ideas and willingness to be a catalyst.
The words, images and music that come from our TV’s today can be used for both good and bad intentions, but it’s up to each one of us to determine what to watch, or change the channel. The invention of the television is only one of thousands of ideas we could discuss, but you get the idea – it had to start somewhere. That’s what the world needs more than ever – people who their part to spark something and make a positive change!
10 Things You Need to Be a Positive Catalyst:
- Positive Attitude
- Vision to see the bigger picture
- Relentless pursuit of your dream
- Teamwork – and allowing others to participate to make your dream a reality
- Communication at all levels, all the time
- Willingness to tell your message to others
- Leadership – without fear, getting to work, and getting things done
- Strategic Alliances to help open up doors for your dream to become reality
- Faith that you have the possibility of making a positive difference
- Take Action
Good luck on your quest to being – or becoming a Catalyst For Positive Change. As you make things happen, remember who reminded you that your ideas, and actions do make a difference!