Updated: Aug 30, 2019
Division. Tension. Power. The world is changing and it’s not looking great. Globalisation has taken hold and the consequences are just starting to appear. The economic structures to safeguard a country’s financial stability is failing. Companies (and individuals) evade tax payments by relocating formal addresses to tax havens. Many are enjoying the benefits of a country without paying their due.
In the local community, independent stores are going bust because people aren’t shopping on the high street. Yet the same people sign online petitions to save the shops (while making another couple of purchases on the web).
There’s an outcry for cheap labour from enterprises fearing their companies will go into administration when borders close. Yet there’s also an outcry to close borders by people believing their jobs are being taken away.
With so much emotional investment it’s easier to understand the increase in violence, the growing divisions between people, parties and countries. Fear is a bad consultant, and I doubt any of the world leader would want to admit to it, but their behaviour is very clearly fear driven. What’s worse, many of them are driven by fear of losing power.
So, how can YOU change the world?
With all that doom and gloom it seems far too big a (t)ask! So, I asked my network for answers:
By constantly striving to be the very best version of yourself and shining your #positive light in the world to inspire others into doing the same. Rachel Forcella
We often forget that we need to #change ourselves before we try to change others. Dr. Aliar Hossain
By getting people to speak up and #advocate for themselves. Alessandra Wall, Ph.D.
I am trying my best to help raise awareness, education and support to everyone’s mental health for the future. I am also trying to spread the message that we are all #24HourHumans. Matthew Holman
These are all great suggestions and show clearly that we’re much better at recognizing our own part in changing the world.
And so, I’m going to put it to you this way: How can you change YOUR world?
Yes, you live in your very own world: created by experiences and conversations from when you were little. Upheld by beliefs you formed during your childhood. It’s your world. And only you can change it.
“If you want to change the world, be that change”, Mahatma Gandhi
To change your world, you need to explore it. Dive deep into the past and find those moments of joy and those moments of pain. See those memories from the distance, especially from an emotional distance, and realise the believes you formed and are still holding dear.
Claim responsibility of your life and your actions. To save the natural environment, that could mean cutting down on your waste; using reusables instead of plastic; and turning off the car when you’re waiting somewhere.
Above all: be yourself. As soon as you put an alter ego on, you’re relinquishing responsibility. It’s easier to say ‘it wasn’t me’ when you were acting a part. It’s easier to blame others pushing you into that role.
But as soon as you are you, you put up boundaries. Others will find it easier to work with you as they have a clear understanding of who you are and what you stand for. They’ll also find it impossible to make you do things that aren’t in alignment with who you are and what you value.
Not everyone will like you, but everyone will respect you for following your path.
Life’s journey is all about discovery. Exploring your past to understand your present and create your future. To love life and the opportunities it brings. To witness the positive impact you have on the world by being you. To find your purpose and pursue it with passion and motivation.