Can you change the world One Step at a Time?

I have to believe the answer to that is yes, but what I think we should also ask is, Do we want to change the world one step at a time?

Can we, as humans, be patient enough?

This is a topic I have been thinking about for a while.  My nephew loved Micheal Jackson and when Micheal died he was obviously upset.  I asked him why he loved Micheal so much and he just said his music was “cool”

Well that’s what 11 year old say right?  Micheal Jackson was cool and he made some great songs.  I purchased his best of album (like so many others) from iTunes and stared listening to the songs.  One in particular reminded me of what really makes a difference.  Now I am not going to talk about Micheal Jackson in detail, I just want to talk about one of his songs.

Man in the Mirror.

Have you ever really listened to the lyrics of that song?  “If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make that change”  Don’t quote me on the exact lyrics! But I think that is it.

I actually had never realised those words were in the song.  I had never listened to the song and thought about what it was saying.  If you are reading this and have listed to the lyrics then you may wonder why I didn’t hear them in the first place!

Either way, the message of the song is still the same.

Gandhi said “Be the Change you want in the world”.  And I think that is what it is all about.

When I had my “realisation” in life (and I don’t think it will be the only one on the journey.  You can read more about this here) I really thought I could change the world by changing other people.  Ha!

Slight reality check!

Obviously I learnt the hard way and realised that I could only change myself.  If people then wanted to follow or walk with me then great.

I had the luxury of reading this topic in many personal development books but I still had to go through the process of knowing this.  “To do and not to know is not to know at all”.  Or as Morpheus says in the Matrix “Knowing the path is not the same and walking the path”.

Once I found this truth things really started to change.  The projects I was working on got easier as I stopped trying to make people do what I wanted to do and just started focusing on changing myself.  My relationships got better and people seemed to be happier to help me with things I wanted to do.  (and that’s the key).

Once I started to change myself, strangely people would start to help me more.  This is exactly what I wanted in the first place!

We have to walk out own walk and then if others want to follow that is a bonus.  The truth is, if you walk your path for long enough people will want to walk with you.

So looking back at the question at the start – Can you change the world one step at a time?

I believe the answer is yes and that is really the only way to change it.  You can’t make sweeping changes because it’s not possible to MAKE people do what you want. You have to get then to want the changes and to do that takes time.

Sure, in a company if you are the new CEO you can make some sweeping changes but even then people will resist.  If you get them to walk with you then you don’t need to make them do anything, they will do it since they want to.

Whenever I am at a difficult time in my life, when I feel nothing is working, nothing is going my way I try and remember that it’s probably because I am trying to make things happen.  I am trying too hard.  What I need to do is stop, take a look at myself and work on walking my own path.

Try it.  If you want to make a change in the world you make that change first.

Dreams are your to live, go for it.

Matt