Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world”. For most of us, it’s not that simple.
Tied to mortgages, family responsibilities, business debts, it’s all too easy to get caught up in a spiral of being that person you never thought you would be. A consumer. A time-poor worker. A convenience shopper. A budget spender of unconscious proportions.
It’s not so much that we don’t want to be the change, it’s that it just doesn’t fit in to our daily schedules. How can we save the world if we can’t even afford to buy organic groceries?
Sometimes the secret is just making a plan. Small steps. Small achievements.
It could be as small as “I’m not going to use plastic bags this week”. Work out a strategy to get your groceries in something other than plastic. Avoid the packaged items in the food isles. Refuse the plastic straw when ordering your smoothie. After one week, you would have achieved your goal of using no plastic, all because you made a plan and stuck to it.
Create these small goals for yourself, then create a strategy on how you will persist. Don’t give up. Planning and persistence is the key!
Later, you can set yourself big goals. They may be so big that you aren’t sure you can stick to them. I say once again, planning and persistence is the key.
First set your end goal or outcome, then work out a plan and time schedule around how you are going to do it. Give yourself small tasks to do weekly. Invite people to collaborate with you, ask for opinions (but don’t take the negative ones too seriously).
If you’ve ever felt like you were meant to do more with this life, you probably just need to start. Remember, all things started with an idea. From Edison’s light-bulb to Job’s Imac, all creation, all changes made in this world, started with a simple idea that was carried through by a person who visualised, planned, and manifested.
Be a change maker. Just start small. The world is waiting for you.