Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known and adored by many simply as “Gandhi,” and recognized by millions for his leadership in nonviolent protests, was once quoted saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He spoke these words in the midst of horrific treatment and slaughter of Indian people. Many believe he was destined from birth to advocate for humanity and to serve as a voice to the voiceless. But “being the change” has less to do with a chance and all to do with a choice. Gandhi chose to step up and be a minority in a society filled with followers. He shows us that although we may not spark an international revolution, we can make a difference in someone’s life.
When you look at your life and whatever you consider as your “story,” what do you see? Like many, you remember the good times, the tough times and of course situations that made you laugh and cry. Hopefully, you begin to notice a pattern. Life is filled with tests and cycles we process each day. Here’s the bigger picture; the tests of life you fail to learn today will certainly reappear tomorrow. Do you notice that you’ve experienced the same few things again and again? Most likely, you’ve been failing your personal “final exams.”
We often change external designs in hopes of getting a different experience. You can run, but you can’t hide from yourself. Wherever you go, you are there! The one common denominator in all you’ve seen is you. If you want to get something you’ve never had, you must begin to do what you’ve never done. Our lives on the outside only respond when there’s been a shift on the inside. It all starts with “being the change.”
Here is how to get started:
- It starts with “being,” not “doing”: Our name says it all; human beings. That means our purpose, passion and fulfillment comes from a state of “being.” Most of us are stuck on the hamster wheel of “doing.” We rush out the door daily to go do something. We rush into relationships with hopes of doing something. There is a rhythm to life that leads to a peaceful flow when you can simply “be.”
- Next we must become “real” with ourselves: Most questions are asked, not for the sincere objective of counsel, but for desperately seeking confirmation for acts we want to do. If we ever sit still long enough, we could perform self-diagnostics and determine what’s really going on. We avoid ourselves for fear of what we may see. Instead, we chase others to fill our time with idle noise to drown out the truth.
- Lastly, change; and do it NOW: Change isn’t change because you talk about it, tweet it or put it up on Facebook. It’s not change, until you change. We don’t need to ease into a comfortable change either. We need a drastic, massive action plan that shakes up our daily routine and leaves no other option but accomplishing our goals. It must be done now.
Game changers, history makers or icons; no matter what we call them, they all have one thing in common. They realized that the pain of being the same is far more dangerous than the pain of change. They were not born extraordinary; they just made the choice to impact lives. Guess what? We all have the same choice before us. When you can see what needs to be done, you’ve also been gifted with the power to make a change.
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