If you want to change the world, start off by changing yourself first. This is the main idea of this article.
“Everybody wants to change the world but don’t nobody want to change themselves.” – Leo Tolstoy
How many people do you know who are complaining about how the society is a big mess and that the world sucks? At least a few, I would imagine…
Now, how many of those people actually have a better solution to offer? Not nearly a single one…That they would be exemplars of such virtuous and admirable personhoods that it would be a shame not to let them lead the show.
Of course, there are exceptions to this the higher you move up the hierarchy of leadership but the average person – your regular human being
- Who maybe has a college degree
- Who goes to their 9-5 job
- Who binge watches TV after work
- Who hasn’t read a book after high school
- Who doesn’t exercise
- Or self-enquire about themselves and the world
- Doesn’t know shit of what they’re talking about.
And that’s all they do – all talk, no show.
I’m not saying that they’re bad people. I’m saying that people, in general, have the arrogance, the audacity to demand certain things that they don’t really deserve.
- They want to become rich without working for it.
- They want to get the perfect abs without working out.
- They want to get a dream spouse without going out.
- They want to get the approval of others without being charming themselves.
- They want to be thought of as smart without reading books.
- They want to be successful without putting in the effort.
Where does it come from?
It’s from the societies own conditioning.
Children are taught ever since infancy that when everything turns bad and if you just sit there and wait while crying, someone – a white knight, if you will – will ride to the rescue, and everything will be fine again.
This spoon-in-your-mouth mentality…it’s going to backfire hard.
Do You Know Thyself?
Another reason why you should get yourself figured out first is that you lack self-awareness. I’m not talking directly to you but people in general. They have no idea who they really are – their authentic self.
Who they think they are – that’s the Locus Operandi they’re coming from. But what they fail to realize is that they’ve been conditioned by the world ever since they were born. Their parents, friends, school, culture, society, and books have all left a mark in their psyche, which they now falsely presume to be the real deal.
You are not the things that have happened to you – the place you grew up in, the people you spent time with or your social mirror.
You Need to Differentiate Between Authenticity and Ego
Look behind the experience and see the awareness – the higher self that can differentiate between authenticity and ego.
The ego is you following the norms of culture, wanting to get social validation and blinding yourself from all of your misbehaviors and the lies you know you’ve been telling yourself.
So, I believe most people have not figured this shit out. But they still act as if they know what ought to be done for the greater good.
This is Just the Foundation to Self-Awareness
But there’s just so many more pillars that support the entire structure. Another essential component is purpose – your life’s
Another essential component is purpose – your life’s project if you will.
What is it that you’re meant to do in this world? And what do you want to be remembered for? This is super relevant because, if you want to change the world, you better be capable of contributing to it in some way.
How to Find Your Purpose in a Few Simple Steps:
- Know thyself – we covered this
- What are your greatest talents? – Your unique gift that no one else can do better than you?
- What positive change would you like to bring to the world? – What’s the change you seek?
- How could you have the biggest effect on making that happen? – What do you need to do and where can you best apply your unique talent?
It’s really that simple, but it’s not easy in no way.
Don’t get caught up in the minutiae – aahhh…I’m not sure this is the right thing…What if I change my mind? Do I have to commit to this one thing for the rest of my life? How will I do this?
There’s the danger of overthinking
…and you can even go as far as to over think your overthinking, so don’t take it that far.
What I want you to think of is seeing yourself as an onion (Shrek likes onions), or a cabbage, if you don’t like onions.
The idea is to get to the center – the core of your ‘self’. You have to begin by uncovering all the layers. These layers are your conditioning and ego and your current life. As you discover more about yourself, as your life’s circumstances or plans change, you unravel another layer and learn something new. This might change the direction of your life’s project slightly but it doesn’t matter – you’re still moving in the right direction.
So, the idea is to not wait until you have all figured out – “I have this perfect plan, step-by-step. I know exactly where I’m gonna be in 10 years…” Those things are irrelevant.
What you need to do is just start and keep going. As long as you stay in motion, magical things will begin to happen.
Are You ‘ME+’ or ‘ME-‘?
Like I said, this is just the beginning of trying to change the world. Now that we have a glimpse of who we are, it’s time to think about what sort of improvement we need to make.
We all exhibit certain behaviors and habits, depending on what influences we’ve been exposed to. But you have to realize that what you do on a daily basis, what you think, what you consider cool or “normal” is also the result of your conditioning.
You do certain things, like certain foods, have certain opinions just because you’ve wired your brain to be like that.
And you’re going to have to be really honest here. Are your behaviors, your habits, and activities contributing to your life’s project? Or are they robbing from you the opportunity to reach your potential and become the greatest ME you can be?
There’s No Easier Way of Putting It
Of course, some things are more positive than others, but every one of your behaviors can be categorized as such. What you need to do is figure out, which is which and then keep going with the good stuff and stop doing the bad ones.
STOP DOING THE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU WEAK, less healthy, less intelligent and replace them with the ones that strengthen your body, augment your mindset, sharpen your mind and mold your will.
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