I was having a little moan in my head yesterday. I’ll spare you the specifics but after giving myself a pep talk, I was ready to make some changes, strengthen personal boundaries and practice saying no.
And then a quote popped in my head. It was so left-field of what I was planning on doing, I’m pretty certain it was God, rather than me. It was a quote that I’ve, often, gone on record as loving:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
(Not) Ghandi but a bit like something he said once.
Whether Ghandi said it or not, if left me with a bit of a dilemma. Do I walk away, exert personal boundaries, and leave the tidying up and change piece to someone else?
Or do I start changing, loving more, being more of the person I want to see, and by so doing, have at least a little chance of making a difference?
I’m encouraging myself (and now you!) to go with option 2.
It’s not always easy and sometimes it can feel overwhelming and a bit like a one-way ticket to burn out central.
But here’s a secret I need us both to remember …
Massive change doesn’t happen via massive impact. Massive change happens when one tiny action is built on top of one little choice, day after day after day.
All you have to do is decide, make a choice, and then take one little action step toward that choice. Then rinse and repeat.
My friend Erin Giles used this principle last year when she founded End Sex Trafficking Day. She approached people, one at a time, and asked them to write a chapter for her book which she would go on to sell, with all profits going to help end sex trafficking.
Tiny daily actions adding up to a whole movement being born.
And she’s at it again but this time she needs you, even more than ever. Please go here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/end-sex-trafficking, watch her video, donate (even just $1 makes a massive difference. Imagine what would happen if you and 10,000 other people donated just $1) and then share so that your friends can help too.
On behalf of Erin and all the women she’s trying to help, thank you 🙂
And remember, one choice + one tiny daily action = massive impact.
Go to it!