We’ve all heard this famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi and may even own a mug, poster, or journal that proclaims his powerful words.
But what does it really mean to BE the change?
Just like Gandhi’s words inspire, you first must know who you are (the “be”) to know what actions to take toward positive change (the “do”). It’s easy and often tempting to jump past the being exploration straight into the doingaction without examining what strengths, values, and skills you can share. Your passion and excitement for positive change can spark an enormous amount of activation energy that, when left unchecked, may lead you astray. Instead, use these three steps to lead change intentionally.
STEP ONE: Start by grounding yourself in the purpose that drives your passion.
Your values express what matters to you most — your priorities, truths, and beliefs point to your overall purpose. When attended to and activated consistently, these values ground and guide your life so you feel more fulfilled and energized.
When ignored, they cause emotional friction and tension. Throughout the summer, we’ve explored and defined our core values and seen how leading from a place of purpose inspires a more authentic and intentional life.
Take a moment now to identify which values are directing your actions.
- Which of your core values are most present for you now?
- Are any of your values misaligned or being ignored?
- What do you need to do to realign with your values to lead more authentically?
STEP TWO: Next, clearly define your vision for change.
Vision is central to leading change in congruence with your core values. Without vision, change can feel bumpy and even cause you to get stuck in circumstances that you might otherwise navigate successfully.
Leading with a well-defined vision is like riding a bike down a newly paved path where you can move ahead smoothly, while noticing all the new opportunities along the way. When you hit a bump or fall off your bike, your vision still provides a strong foundation under you as you rise again and keep riding.
- What change are you craving to activate?
- What about the current circumstances isn’t working?
- If you could wake up tomorrow and the situation has improved, what would it look and feel like?
STEP THREE: Now, align your resources with your vision.
When we feel called to lead change, our initial passion and excitement around all the possibilities needs to work collaboratively with the external resources that are available and accessible.
Chances are, you’re not the only one that wants to see this kind of change happen. The most sustainable change happens when you enlist like-minded people to help you activate in your bigger vision. Start by identifying what resources are already present in your life.
- What skills, talents, and strengths can you use to bring your vision to life?
- Who else is invested in leading change with you?
- What external resources (finances, supplies, relationships, etc) do you have to help make this happen?
As you work to activate your vision, these three areas will help define a process for leading change, going beyond just being the change. First, we must be a person grounded in our core values so we can then lead the change that our vision illuminates.
Be the Revolution,
Leslie Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC
Executive Coach + Lifestyle Strategist for Millennial Leaders + Managers
More About Leslie
Leslie M. Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC, is an Executive Coach + Lifestyle Strategist designing customized leadership solutions for Millennial Leaders and their Managers. With a background in strengths-based leadership development and applied positive psychology, she runs a multi-disciplinary practice called Lead With Intention where she coaches, trains, and consults with clients around the world.
Leslie works with a variety of clients ranging from top executives at worldwide corporations to creative entrepreneurs and non-profit teams. She is an avid artist who also enjoys traveling, karaoke, cooking ethnic food, writing in local coffee shops, and practicing yoga.
Leslie lives in Northern California and travels internationally for coaching, organizational trainings, and retreat facilitation. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Medium or send her an email at [email protected] to learn how to partner together.
Originally published at leadwithintention.com on September 1, 2017