What does it take to be a catalyst for social / global / community change?
The answer is easier than we have been taught to think it is.
We have been taught that social change is hard. Changing whole systems is near to impossible. People won’t agree. It takes forever. If we begin now, we won’t see the effects in our lifetimes. Etc.
What if that is simply not true?
Think back to when you were a tiny baby. When we were first born, none of us knew how to do virtually any of the zillions of things we do as adults every day. We didn’t know how to read or add a column of figures or walk.
And yet, with practice, those impossible tasks became simple to the point where we don’t even think about doing them; we just do them.
When you came to this blog, did you think, “I must remember what to do when I see the letter B next to the letter L”? Of course not. You’re just reading.
Things that took a lot of effort and concentration when you were first learning take little or none now. Things that took forever take no time at all. Things we had to focus on for every step of the process are now simply part of our being.
Driving. Walking. Reading.
Changing the world.
Yup. It’s all the same. It’s a combination of skill and transformation. And before you start thinking, “Transformation sounds hard!” consider this: You have become many many things in your life – things you were not before. You weren’t a reader or a driver or a person who could make a bed.
For each of us, long ago we learned those skills. And for each of us, after practicing those skills, we long ago stopped focusing on the “doing” part. We just became readers and drivers and people who could make their bed.
The same is true for being a social change agent. We learn skills, we practice the skills, we re-focus and re-aim, and in all that, we become.
We are no longer doing this or that; it is just who we are and how we think and respond to whatever circumstances we are facing.
Once we realize that, and begin incorporating new ways of thinking and being into our daily lives with clients and colleagues and other change agents, we find that things we had thought were immovable are suddenly – almost magically – changing.
Again, it’s like reading or anything else. If I think reading is hard, that I’ll never be able to do it – well then it will be hard, and I will have to work really really hard for every word I manage to put together. And yes, reading a book will take forever!
If we think becoming a catalyst for changing our world is hard, it will be hard. If we think it will take forever for change to happen, it will. If we think it is a pipe dream, it will be nothing more than that.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Just like learning to read or drive or add a column of numbers.
You can learn how social change happens. You can learn what you can do to catalyze that change. You can practice that. Each time you do it, you will feel more and more what it means to “be” the change you want to see.
And it is then you will feel what so many of the graduates of our courses are feeling: that the “transformation” and “being” didn’t take forever for you. It took a surprisingly short time.
From there you will realize something even more powerful: if it didn’t take forever for you, it doesn’t have to take forever for our world.
That is when the words will no longer simply be inspirational; they will be your reality:
Creating visionary community change is not just possible. It is practical and doable. And when we take off the blinders, it happens faster than you ever dreamed.
If you have questions about our Consultants Immersion Course, join our free 1 hour Q&A session next Wednesday, January 13. Course graduates will join Dimitri and me in answering all your questions!