There are a couple of flaws in our thinking about “those people” who dare to speak up and make a difference in the world.
- We tend to assume they are fearless, and that is how they do what they do- FALSE! They just come up with a process to determine when it is worth taking RISKS in the service of living their VALUES.
- We get caught up thinking we have to speak up in order to make a difference, when in truth there are millions of people who quietly make a big difference daily. It may be through random acts of kindness, through their work, planting a community garden etc.
- We get stuck focusing on how uncomfortable it will be to do things differently than we are doing now
Here is a funny and insightful TED talk to help us get comfortable with being uncomfortable
So here are my questions to you:
- What process or questions can you ask yourself to determine if something is worth taking a meaningful risk in the service of living your values? (e.g. having a hard conversation with a loved one, because you are committed to building and fostering a healthy relationship)
- How do you want to make a difference TODAY? THIS WEEK? THIS YEAR?
- Are you willing to consciously focus on how it will feel to live your values, even if it means being uncomfortable sometimes, in order to create a life you want to live?