Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Be the Change You Wish to See.



“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, one of the best leaders of our time and someone that provided an incredible amount of perspective during to the world. As for his quote…sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Yet few truly see it through.

There are probably a lot of people that google “how to be the change” or “be the change you wish to see in the world meaning” but what is it that they are actually looking for? Maybe they are in search of something more meaningful out of life. Or they may just be looking at ways to give back. Or they are stuck in that rat race of life and are in need of a change in their personal lives or their professional careers….and they have no idea where to start. Which probably contributes to why only 2% of the people in the world actually change.  

However, when we re-read Gandhi’s words of wisdom, we truly need to grasp that change starts and happens by us. We need to understand that if we wish for a specific outcome in life, we need to direct our energies, attitudes and actions toward that outcome. Because (for the most part), we have the power and ability to make most things happen – it just requires work & more importantly ACTion.   

Time & time again, we watch and hear people that complain about x, y, and z topic, yet don’t contribute to the outcome. A perfect example is government & politics. How many people do you know that could complain about the individual or party that is in power, yet they never went to the poles to submit their vote? Or how about the person that complains about their work environment or wage, yet never take responsibility in contributing to the change that they are looking for?

This is the step where we need to look at ourselves and take action. Nike says it best - JUST DO IT. In life, we will have to make some decisions. But if we take control of our decisions with the outcome we want in mind, we are taking control of our life versus life happening to us. These actions, whether BIG or small, all contribute to our overall mission to create change. And that’s all that matters. If we want to be ‘leaders’ in our respective scenarios (at work, at home, etc), we need to be the ones that create the path and lead all of those that are looking to follow. We need to be the change that we want to see. And that exact mentality is what will separate us from all the others that would rather follow and be status quo.
 If you change nothing, nothing will change.

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