“Everybody thinks of changing the world, and nobody thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
I Wanted To Change The World (Poem)
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
Many years ago, I dreamed I could change the world. I wanted to be a doctor, a teacher, a
priest, a missionary. Many years later, when I had become none of them, I realized that I have
become all three of these things and more. Somewhere in between, I no longer dreamed of
changing the world. I focused on changing myself. Yet how do we change ourselves? As
Sigmund Freud observed, “Emotions are the fuel of change”. The process of changing
ourselves involves awareness, acceptance, and action.
The truth is, it is possible to change the world. But to change the world, you have to change yourself first. You have to change your mentality, your habits, and your actions. It’s not easy changing yourself, but it’s necessary if you want to make a massive impact. Here are four steps that you can take today to change yourself positively and create a massive positive impact on the world.
Stop comparing yourself to others
Most people compare themselves to others. Usually this is done through social media. You go onto Instagram, or Facebook, and see other people living amazing lives that you wish you had. Maybe you see a friend of yours posting pictures of traveling the world with his fiance. Maybe you also see the same friend posing in front of a mercedes benz that he recently bought or a friend owns. You see these pictures and start to feel bad about yourself.
A dirty little secret about social media (especially pictures-based on Instagram and Facebook) is that much of it is based off of people pretending to be something they’re not. You know nothing about what’s going on with people except what’s going on in the picture — and that can leave out a lot of significant context. “It must be nice to be able to travel the world with your fiance,” you think to yourself as you look at your friend’s pictures, yet you know nothing about their marital conflicts or even the debts they have incurred.
We must become the change we want to see in the world.
Rightly said by Mahatma Gandhi “We should be the change we want to see in the world”. Instead of facing the world with fears making a change that will right for us and others is the act of a good man. So we should always be bold enough to bring in new changes in the world. A change we initiate should bring peace and harmony to the world.
Your are where you are for a greater purpose than yourself. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, counselor, doctor, nurse, a call center rep or a student, your purpose is your brand, your influence and you innate drive to achieve, the magic that makes you tick. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do your job and why—the strengths and passions you bring to the table no matter where you’re seated. Although you may express your purpose in different ways in different contexts, it’s what everyone close to you recognizes as uniquely you and would miss most if you were gone.
Believe in yourself
You must believe your innate drive, and magic into existence. Believe you have a Purpose. Believe in your Purpose. Believe in the source of your Purpose. Believe in yourself and something bigger than yourself.
Discover the fuel in you
The ultimate discovery experience requires a deep encounter with your inner self and a spiritual connection with your Creator. Learn more about how your abilities, attitudes, needs and experiences influence your purpose-living experience with our Purpose.
Deploy the tools you have
The most fulfilling part of your purpose-journey is when you bring the discoveries of yourself into effective action. Reaching this point means you have enough awareness of yourself and your Purpose to operate in it. You have agility in your attitude to continuously look for new ways to discover, connect, grow and contribute as a daily practice for purposeful-living.
Do this over and over again, blocking out all the negative thoughts and distractions, believe in your new day and new moments until you have taken those positive thoughts and made them into a reality. You have the power to change the world; you have no excuse for not being able to change yourself and impacting others’ lives.