What mark do you want to leave upon the world?
There world as we know it is a great place for most.
We have weapons of mass destruction, yet have not completely eradicated each other with them.
Many of us have the ability to get fresh water directly from the fridge along with ice.
Mortality rates during birth are down 13.9% since 1960 and are now currently sitting at 4.3%.
I could go on and on about the things that we are doing right as a species, but for every right we do, there is a wrong that occurs.
There is a plethora of things that need to be fixed in our world. Even if you think plethora may be a strong word, I’m sure you could think of something that could use improvement. Maybe the environment, school system, or helping countries that are less fortunate?
This brings me to my first step.
1: Find your niche
You need to find something important that needs improvement. Once you find it, you need to make sure you’re passionate about making the change.
I love how Gary Vaynercuck says it, “follow your heart, but use your head”.
Gary makes a valid point. If you’re not passionate about something, how can you expect to do the pushing that’s necessary to make the change? While pursuing the change, how are you going to deal with the constant failure? Without a passion for what you’re trying to change in the world, you won’t make it very far. You need to become dedicated to it.
On the flip side, you also need to use your head. Let’s say you’re passionate about bottle caps. You collect them and have amassed an amazing collection. Yet, you notice that most companies have strayed away from using glass bottles with bottle caps. You are upset by this and decide that you want to get involved to push companies to start using more bottle caps so that you can add to your collection.
You have the passion about the bottle caps, but the public need or interest just is not there.
Let’s say that you’re also passionate about establishing a better school system for children. Is there a public interest or need for it? Sure. If you feel passionate enough about making the change, then you may have found your niche.
Now, you need to plan your method of change.
2: Plan how you will make your change
How are you going to create the change that you want to see? You need to find your answer to this question in order to progress to the next step, so let’s explore it.
One of the big changes I want to make in the world is to fix the family court system that I perceive as broken at the moment. I remember thinking how I probably would never be able to change anything because I simply could not pursue my only two answers. The way I saw it, I could go to law school and try to change it from the law side of the issue, or I could get my doctorate in developmental psychology to change it from the psychological side.
Both options presented me with the major obstacle of leaving my son behind, which will never be an option. So, I was at a loss as to how to make this change.
Then, I found a third hidden option. I could start a blog with a clever title to spread awareness in the flaws of how the family court system works.
And here I am, pursuing said change.
My point is, there is generally more than one answer to make the change you want to make. Spend some time looking at some of the different possibilities.
Can you change it from the inside of the system? What about gaining social support? Perhaps you’re rich and could just throw money at the cause no?
At worst, you can always start a blog to begin raising awareness on the change you believe is important.
My final tip on how to create your plan is to look at other successful figures, both in the field you want to alter and others. What did they do to create the change they wanted to see? Take their strategy and put your own spin on it.
Finally, you simply need to take action. Go out and follow through with your plan.
You are going to be met with many obstacles, but this is why you made sure that you had your heart into it first.
If you run into a roadblock and don’t know where to go next, look back to your plan. If you brainstormed, you may have written down an answer.
Don’t talk yourself out of going after the change you want to make. The fact that you’ve made it this far means it must be something that you really care about. You’ve already won half the battle.
Now, you need to work hard to create the change you wish to see. Be patient with your progress. Before you know it, the change will be right in front of you.