Too often, people look around at their lives and the world around them and think, “This is just how it is. There’s nothing I can do.” These thoughts couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Every person has the opportunity to make a difference – they just typically don’t know where to start. If you’re ready to see change, start with these five steps.
Evaluate Your Current Situation
It’s difficult to plan a trip if you don’t know your starting point. The same is true with change. The first step is to assess where you are now and determine what you want to change.
Set Goals and Break Them Down
Consider the changes you want to make, set goals to make those changes, and then break them down into the tiniest goals possible. For example, if you want to change careers, one of your goals would be to get the training and education you need.
You can break this down into smaller goals like researching what you need, finding a program, and then enrolling in that program. When you can break big goals into tasks you can manage in five to fifteen minutes, they can be much easier to accomplish.
Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
Whether you want to become a better parent or end world hunger, finding like-minded people is a great way to find support, encouragement, and guidance. For example, the Teneo Network is a group for leaders looking to affect change with global issues. Members of Teneo have like-minded people that discuss these issues, provide encouragement and ideas, and more.
Teneo is just one example. There are groups and networks everywhere that you can get involved with depending on your specific goals and needs.
Find the Resources You Need
No matter the goal, you’ll need specific resources to help make it happen. This might include financial aid for school or donations for a hunger drive. Just like with networks, there are resources available – you just need to locate them. Being part of a network can help as other members might have information on where to find these resources.
Get Back Up When You Fall
No one succeeds 100% of the time, but falling doesn’t mean failing. When you do fall, take a step back, determine where things went wrong, and push forward.
Change isn’t easy, regardless of if it’s on a personal or global scale. However, it can be done with a plan, support, and dedication to your goals.