1. Make a U-Turn.
Instead of feeling hopeless and victimized, believing you are just one person and can’t do anything, recognize that you need to start telling yourself that you’re going to be in control, in charge of the one thing you really can be in charge of — yourself.
2. Talk to Yourself, Out Loud, Every Day.
Stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eye and make affirmative statements to yourself.
“I am strong. I am smart. I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to.”
Say these over and over to yourself until you start to feel the power of your words inside your body.
3. Make Behavioral Changes to Go With Your New Mindset.
Set short-term goals to put these changes into practice.
a) I will say hello with a smile to five strangers everyday.
b) I will lift my head high and walk with my shoulders back an hour the first day, and an additional hour each day after that.
c) I will turn off my cell (phone and text) one hour a day and interact with a live human being.
These first three behavioral activities may take you a while to implement. Before you start, sit down, read them through carefully and decide how long is a reasonable time for you to accomplish these changes. Remember you have to actually feel different, not just act different. Pick a time frame for yourself, perhaps three to five weeks, then dive in. Don’t procrastinate, no matter how many good reasons you have.
When your three to five weeks is up, and you are handling these tasks well everyday, you are probably starting to wonder what this has to do with changing the world.
Well I have a surprise for you. You already have changed your world by changing the most important thing in your immediate universe — yourself.
You may already be getting comments from friends and family, telling you things like “You seem different but I’m not sure how” or “You seem much more confident when we talk.” You may notice people having a different and positive response to you when you walk past standing tall, smiling and saying hello. They may smile back and say something nice.
These are all very good changes and you can feel proud of yourself even if you do nothing more, but you are going to do much more, because you want to change the world.
4. Sit down with a piece of paper and a pen.
My experience with several thousand clients has shown that the visceral process of putting pen to paper and seeing your thoughts go from your mind and heart to your paper aids in forging a stronger commitment. Make a list of the 10 problems in the world that concern you most, the ones you believe most urgently need changing. Look your list over and decide which one is most important to you, then prioritize them, most important to least important. This is backup for later.
5. Take a different piece of paper and write down what specifically needs to be done to bring about this change.
For example, Reverse Climate Change. On the second paper you might put:
1 – Eliminate fossil fuels
2 – create new legislative standards for car emissions
3 – implement changes in beef production to cut down methane emissions
Just continue your list like this. You may have 10, 20, 30 items when you’re done. There’s no right or wrong amount. This is your list, you’re in charge.