I enjoyed a seminar recently with a colleague Paul Dunn who is known internationally as “the wizard of wow”.

I also love getting e-mail from Paul who often signs off with “be sure to keep on doing things that amaze you”.

Do you do things every day that amaze you? Here are five ways you can:

1. Little things make the big difference

One of my favourite sayings comes from Ms Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop. She said: “If you don’t believe little things make a big difference, then you have never been to bed with a mosquito.”

Take a look at all that you do for your family, friends and colleagues and ask: “Are they saying ‘wow’ about my actions?”

And then change what you need to so that all your actions are ones that make people say ‘wow’.

2. Embrace sustainability — it’s simple

The monumental failure of the Copenhagen summit on climate change; the posturing of some big businesses only interested in themselves; and the emergence of more bureaucracies mean sustainability can appear to be complex and out of reach for small to medium-sized enterprises.

Forget what other people are or aren’t doing. Do the right thing yourself.

And if you are in business, building one that is good for people and our planet can actually make you more money.

3. Innovation is only possible when your culture allows it

In conducting my research for my conference and event presentations worldwide, it is crystal clear to me that most business cultures make it hard for employees to turn information into insight and inspiration into ideas.

And therefore, innovation, the successful implementation of an idea, rarely happens.

Does the culture of your business make innovation easy?

How about at home? Is innovation easy there too?

If you are doing what you have always done, it is most likely you are getting what you have always got. Is it time to change who you are and what you do?

4. People need big reasons to really be personally responsible

Best-selling author Daniel Pink has proved clearly that most business leaders do not understand motivation, which is why a majority of employees do not produce their best work on a consistent basis.

He suggested that there are three primary motivators for everyone:

* Autonomy: the urge to direct your own life;

* Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters; and

* Purpose: the yearning to do what you do in the service of something larger than yourself.

In your home and workplace and wherever else you gather, are these three motivators being met?

5. Enlightened self-interest can make your life and business new again

The following entries are found in Wikipedia:

“Enlightened self-interest is a philosophy in ethics which states that persons who act to further the interests of others (or the interests of the group or groups to which they belong) ultimately serve their own self-interest.

“It has often been simply expressed by the belief that an individual, a group or even a commercial entity will ‘do well by doing good’.

“In contrast to enlightened self-interest is simple greed or the concept of ‘unenlightened self-interest’, in which it is argued that when most or all persons act according to their own myopic selfishness, the group suffers loss as a result of conflict, decreased efficiency because of lack of cooperation, and the increased expense each individual pays for the protection of their own interests.”

All over the world, I have seen “unenlightened self-interest” destroy businesses, families and lives in general.

The good news is that I have also seen productivity and positivity go through the roof when the awesome power of “enlightened self-interest” is at work.

Is enlightened self-interest driving you?

Can you do more for your world and therefore for yourself?