When I was young I wanted to have an impact on the world. I went through different stages of how I would want to accomplish this task. While going through my blood disorder I wanted to become a doctor, after that I wanted to be in a famous band, and after that I wanted to do something in politics.
I dreamed of changing the world, but I could barely get a handle on my own life and the world that surrounds me, never mind the world at large.
With the coming of the new year I finally feel like I have positioned myself to impact the world on a scale far past anything I have done in the past.
In my dreams I always imagined this point arriving much sooner, but I had a lot of lessons to learn up to this point. Changing the world may seem out of reach, but you can slowly pull yourself towards this goal if you know where to start.
So, here is the behind the scenes. This is the part of changing the world that no one ever talks about. The stages that you must go through that never get the spotlight, the glamour, or the glitz.
Change Your Inner World.
Before you can have any real impact on the world, you must first create your own foundation of excellence within.
When Leroy and I were heavily interested in politics, we got as far as creating an organization called "EFFP: Education For Freedom and Prosperity." It was a huge milestone for us and I was excited.
The problem was that even though I had all of this ambition, I had no solid foundation within myself. I was sand, not a rock. With the slightest change in the winds of fate I would be distracted, blown this way and that way.
If I had a bad day, a problem with a friend, or a lack of energy I would make no progress that day and possibly fall into a spiral that could take days or weeks to get out of.
If you want to change the world you have to start with yourself. You can't solve anyone else's problems if you are still losing the battle against your own.
- Learn to create unshakable happiness. Balance yourself so that you can help balance others.
- Instead of automatic knee jerk reactions to the situations in your life, step back and ask questions first to avoid falling off of your path.
- Stop the constant cycle of regret or nostalgia for the past, and anxiety or worry for the future.
- Learn how to control your mind, rather than have it control you.
If you can build a strong foundation within yourself, you will be able to walk your path towards changing the world without worrying about the next situation that is going to derail you from your goals.
Change Your Environment.
I moved out of my parents house recently. I didn't realize just how much of an effect that environment had on me until after I had left.
The house was very messy so I stayed in my room. It was tiny and I felt very claustrophobic. Other problems arose and it become unbearable to stay there. It weighed on my mind where ever I went, even when I was at work I felt the residual stress.
Your environment is so important if you want to change the world. If you can't focus because of mess, negative people, or a bad workplace then you will end up unable to help anyone while trapped in your own problems.
Remember, if you don't have a solid foundation, you will be too subject-able to the winds of fate and you won't make it very far down your path to changing the world.
- Learn to stop letting the negative people around you have so much control over your emotions and mentality.
- If you work at a job that you hate, leave and get a new job.
- End the cycle of materialism in your life. Clean your environment and get rid of any unnecessary clutter.
- Surround yourself with things that motivate and excite you. Write down to-do lists and keep them where you will see them every day.
If your surrounding environment is set up properly, even when you have a bad day it will not last long. Everything around you will help you to see why you are on the path that you are on, and encourage you to push through any difficulties.
You should be surrounded by things that make you happy, your goals, and good people.
Once you have changed your inner world and your environment, you will be ready to change the world at large. You will be able to move forward with full focus and truly make a difference.
It's taken me years to learn those lessons and I've spent the last two years dedicated to creating the best version of myself that will best serve the world.
You can't fight the good fight if you are losing personal battles. Change yourself, then you will change the world.
So until 2015, With love,