I don’t know about you, but every morning when I scan the trends on Facebook and read snippets of news, or click on a trending hashtag on Twitter, I feel overwhelmed.
The recent act of terrorism in Charleston, South Carolina, has been yet another reminder that we have much work to do. We have barriers to break. We have belief systems to purge. We have a fight for justice to push for.
If we don’t, our legacy could be that of complacency. How would you like to be remembered as a member of Generation Complacent?
I understand the hesitation.
Sometimes the problems feel too big to tackle. Sometimes we’re so disillusioned with the powers-that-be that we don’t believe things can improve. Sometimes we just don’t know where to start.
Here is what I know for certain:
If we don’t work together, challenge each other to step outside of our comfort zones, and educate ourselves on what we need to know to make progress, then nothing will change.
Stepping Up to Avoid Complacency
Today I’m digging into my leadership toolbox and sharing a few out-of-the-box steps on how you can begin to initiate tangible change.
1 – Spread yourself thin.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most of those who come from privilege – and by this I mean we’re hitting the marks on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – aren’t maxing out when it comes to dedicating time to giving back.
We live in a culture that is obsessed with self-care and self-preservation. And while self-care is important, so is care of others.
I recently heard a quote along the lines of this: “We are only capable of receiving as much as we give.” If you’re feeling lack in your life, this could be why.
2 – Ask questions.
Phones are greatly underused today. And I know many people prefer it that way, but in some circumstances, it’s the most effective way to get to the bottom of a situation.
Pick up the phone and call your local government office or a nonprofit and ask them if they are already working toward making change in the area you’re most passionate about.
Make it a priority to understand the issue and get to the root of where change must begin.
3 – Rally the troops.
Like attracts like – we know that for sure! When you make the commitment to fight for change, you’ll come across like-minded folk who will join you on your mission. Work together to research effective and tangible methods to raise awareness and bring attention to the issues at hand.
Don’t be afraid to rock the boat. Indeed that’s often the only time that change occurs.
I used to believe that there is a place for vocal activists and a place for the more subdued activist.
I don’t believe that anymore. I think that those of us who are blessed with a voice and a platform should use them for good.
Do you have any tips for those who want to make change but don’t know where to start?
Do you worry about becoming complacent?