Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

No doubt you’ve heard this phrase uttered at some point. Often, it’s uttered by a valedictorian during commencement ceremonies. You might encounter it in a mentorship setting, or as a piece of advice when a difficult situation threatens your way of life.

It has become colloquialized. Be the change! Be the change! Be the change!

Action Matters

The popularity of the phrase holds water because it has some depth and an inspirational quality. We all want to harness our circumstances and make the world a better place.

Even more, the phrase suggests that action matters. How often do we sit around complaining about our circumstances? For many, it’s easy to criticize and complain about the external world. The housing marketing isn’t fair. The amount of work in my job description isn’t fair. The prospect chose a different company. It’s not fair.

Being the change you wish to see in the world means that you take action on the things you can control. Your attitude. Your competencies. Your communication. These are things you can influence. If something doesn’t seem right, ask yourself about your overall purpose and how you can influence the world for the better.

Control What You Can Control

No matter what you do, unwanted issues will arise. A prospect will back out of a deal. An employee will quit out of the blue. These occurrences influence the business, but it can’t get to you. You have a limited amount of control over the world and the things you can control are what matters.

Be the change means taking action and working purposefully toward your aims, with a recognition that your control is limited and an overextension of that control can be harmful.

The Bottom Line
  • What parts of your life are difficult? What parts are going well?
  • How can you live actively within what you control?
  • Make a list of things you can do this week to be the change, no matter how great or small. Try to cross off one action a week.

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