The Theory of the Ripple Effect

The Theory of the Ripple Effect

Last update: 04 May, 2020

Maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t support injustice but thinks you can’t do anything about it. If so, you should know about the theory of the Ripple Effect. After reading this, you’ll understand the enormous power you have to change things.

Now, it’s important to understand that making things better starts with yourself. You can’t love life if you’re not happy. You can’t love others if you don’t love yourself.

Start with you

Like we said, the first step is changing yourself. How can you ask someone not to speak ill of you if you speak ill of others? How can you want others to value you if you don’t value yourself?

man with the courage to change

Take a moment to reflect and have an intimate talk with yourself. Listen to yourself. Look at your deepest feelings. Ask yourself how you’re doing and how you’d like to be. Look your problems in the eye, confront them, and fix everything that is broken in your life.

Once you have begun a dialogue with yourself, reflect on who you are. What do you want to do? What are your goals? Take off all the masks that you put on to please yourself. Kick that false modesty to the curb and see yourself as you are. But don’t stop there. Cleanse yourself of the things you don’t like. Free yourself from everything that isn’t good or hurts you. Start becoming the person you’ve always dreamed of.

Throw the first stone

After getting to know yourself and taking the first steps to transform your life, you’re ready to the throw the first stone. That action will have a ripple effect. What does this mean? Well, everything you do will affect everyone and everything around you.

If you make a commitment to change your behavior, you’ll notice things you never did before. For example, make the commitment not to complain because it’s pointless. Show more affection to yourself and others. Or just simply be yourself. Little by little, you’ll see how your previous behavior was affecting your life. 

In the first moments after you throw the stone, it’s important to look at things calmly and rationally. Just like when you actually throw a stone in the water, the first ripple will be small. The effects of your new attitude will also be minimal at the beginning. However, as time passes and you make more changes, you’ll see how the effects grow in size and significance.

Let the ripples flow

So, once you’ve thrown the first stone in the water, let the ripples flow and have their effect. As we said, the first ones will be small and short-lived, but they’ll also help change others.

The second step is to see yourself as a happy person at the center of the ripples, right where the stone fell. You’re the starting point of your happiness. You 0e a brave person who has chosen a difficult path.

Ripples in the water

Think of the ripples that you’re causing each time you touch the water. The love you have inside is not just spreading across the surface. It can also be felt in the deeper parts of the lake, sea, or even the puddle where the stones fall.

Each one of those ripples represent your passion for life. They’re your courage to make your dreams come true. They’re your kindness to others and your need to help those less fortunate. You’re transmitting all this energy to others. In one way or another, it does have an effect on them.

The ripple effect

If you’re consistently causing ripples in the water, as each day passes you’ll see how it affects others around you. You’ll observe little by little the effect you have on them. Maybe you’ll give them hope, joy, confidence, or enthusiasm0. It all depends on the link and the connection.

You will even start to see how those influenced by you throw their own stones and create ripples that reach their loved ones.

Do you still think you can’t do anything to change injustices? Start with yourself. Let your positive attitude and kindness fill your world. This allows ripples to form that will make this a better place, one wave at a time.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.