Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath, and think on your world.
Not my world, or your parents' world, but your world.
How would you describe it? What is happening within it that makes it hard or maybe good? What is the best part of it? What is the worst?
And if you could change one thing, what would it be?
The reality is we live in a world filled with over 7 billion people, and the way each individual describes their world, their views, and their opinions will inevitably be different.
Don’t believe it? Look at your responses to the questions above.
Do you think the person that you sit across from at school or at work would relay the same answer?
Do you think an individual that grew up halfway across the world would respond in the same manner?
No matter how desperately we try to seek the similarities between individuals, cultures, schools, and communities; we will always stumble upon our differences.
But, there is good news. If we all have different “worlds,” we ALL can make small changes to our own worlds, that will contribute to one cause: CHANGE.
“Change doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with the desire, then one small step in the right direction.” - Paula Deen
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed that’s all who ever have.” Margaret Mead
With the desire to be heard by a world that seems to have its ears covered, we must ignite our passion first…then put in concrete our goals and ambitions.
In order to share your passion, your voice with the world; you should answer three questions.
1. What is my ultimate goal/What point am I trying to make?
2. What is my motive?
3. What will I do DAILY from here on out to accomplish this goal one day at a time?
I believe that these three questions can accurately collect our thoughts when we are launched full speed into the world that lies around us; especially when the people around you may not fully support your wishes for change. These questions pinpoint our passions, and our hearts to share our voice with the world around us. Not only does it set a plan up for the days to come, it places accountability on ourselves to do ourselves a favor and do what we say we are going to do to make the first step toward change. To run a marathon, you must first take a step!
The Ripple Effect CAN start with YOU.
“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” Dalai Lamas
When doubts and questions flood our minds about the depth of our influence, remember the ripple effect can start with you. One decision, one small change, could spark a change within one individual, a friend group, then one classroom, then a grade, then a school, then a community, then a city, and on, and on, and on. Before you know it those doubts you had about your voice, and the power of one small change, will surpass your greatest fears, uncertainties, and hesitations.
When things get hard, go back to those questions. Reignite your passion, and set a fire in your heart to use your voice to make a small change that could one day contribute to something huge! Ultimately, our greatest fears when dealing with our voice comes from our uncertainty of the reaction from the world around us. But you will never know what that looks like until you take one small step to demonstrate your voice in any subject area. The people around you whether you recognize it or not, will capture just a glimpse of your sphere of influence; and maybe they will begin working toward the same goal.
Changing the world has never once happened over night, or within the blink of the eye. But it has happened with desire for change, and small steps along the way to contribute to a generation longing for change.
It is up to you. How will you begin to change YOUR world today?
WRITTEN BY Drezdan Ginder