During a recent three week trip abroad, I had a lot of time to reflect on ways that I could continue helping to positively change the world.
There is no doubt that we are living in historic times where everything from technology to the economy is being radically restructured and flipped upside down.
Each and every one of us, whether we are conscious of this or not, is part of this transformation.
As such, I wanted to share with you a list of 5 simple things that have helped me stay focused in my own personal efforts to transform the world.
1. Have Faith in the Impossible
Throughout history, there have been countless examples of people who saw impossibility as an illusion and accomplished things once thought unimaginable.
From landing on the moon to electing an African American community organizer to the White House, history is filled with people who never gave up on their hope for a better world.
People like Dolores Huerta, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi all understood that our beliefs determine our actions and therefore taught us how to never lose faith in the possibility of our dreams.
As such, don’t believe the cynics and take the risk to jump into the unknown and help usher in a more inclusive and respectful world for us and our future generations.
2. Work on Yourself
For many of us, the most terrifying and difficult challenge that we encounter is looking honestly at ourselves and than having the courage to accept what we see.
I know that we can maximize our role in changing society if we face our own internal fears and insecurities that often prevent us from sharing our unique gifts and talents with the world.
Many of us practice meditation, yoga, or some other spiritual practice because these tools remind us that transformation always begins by looking inward, rather than simply looking outward.
Therefore, take to heart the fact that we can fundamentally play a role in changing society if we actively work on changing ourselves.
3. Get Involved
There has never been a more significant time to get involved in changing the world than now.
America needs a new kind of politics that brings people together, rather than one that consistently divides us through ideology and identity.
A new kind of politics that can only happen if each and every one of us votes and becomes involved in organizations and movements working towards peace and justice.
A new kind of politics that can only happen if we first forgive our detractors as well as ourselves.
4. Be Creative
By tapping into our own creativity, we, as individuals and as a collective, can imagine and implement innovative solutions to many of our most pressing social and economic issues.
Look no further than the music of Fela Kuti or the writings of Pablo Neruda to see how art has always played a critical role in unifying once divided and fragmented countries.