It’s Guest Post Monday. This post is by Kimanzi Constable who is the author of “Tales of the Everyday Workingman and Woman.” Make sure you check out his blog here and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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Chances are there is something you’re really passionate about. For me its work, for you it’s …… The question that I’ve been asking myself lately (and maybe you should too) is “how much do I believe in this subject?” There are a lot of different and maybe even scary things going on in our country right now and a lot of people are looking to our government to solve their problems. Let’s bring it a little closer to home; maybe you’re looking to something or someone else to help you with your problems. Now I understand that there are many hard situations out there that go way beyond what I understand, but I believe we have too many people looking and not enough people LEADING.
Maybe you have been looking when the truth is you should be leading. So let’s get back to that thing that you’re passionate about, we need you to lead us with your passion! If you want to read something that will inspire you and explain this a lot better read “Tribes” by Seth Godin. So if you know right now what your passion is and what you should be leading us in, then I want to give you six points that will help you start your movement:
- Lead by example: No one will respect a word you’re saying if you’re not already living this out in your life. You’ve heard the expression that actions speak louder than words and we all know that’s so true. You are our leader and we want to know that you’re not a poser!
- Lead with passion: You should be ready to scream what you’re talking about from the roof tops, shout it in the street. That kind of energy and passion is contagious and if you want to start your movement that passion needs to spread like wildfire. If the passion is not there people won’t believe in your movement because they’ll assume you don’t believe in it.
- Convince people of the “why”: The best way to get people to join your movement is to show them why they should. When people focus on the “what” and “how” they easily get discouraged and give up. When they can see why they want to join your movement it will give them the proper motivation to push forward and push your movement.
- Teach them that it starts from the bottom up not the top down. What? Any movement starts with each of us as individuals, a great example of that is what Dave Ramsey is trying to do with his “Great Recovery” project. If we as individuals change what we are doing, then we’ll change the whole system as a whole. If you’re going to start your movement then it has to start with each person.
- “Put boots to the ground”: If you’re going to start a movement then there has to be a point where you stop talking about it and do it. Just like the first point I made people respect action, so give them some action. If you tell them you’re going to do something then do it, always keep your promises of action and follow through.
- Don’t give up! Even when it seems like no one else is joining the movement, don’t give up! Even when it seems like no one else is listening, don’t give up! Even when people make fun of you and think it’s ridiculous what you’re doing, DON’T GIVE UP!
It’s time for all of us to wake up and start doing things that we are passionate about, things that matter and will make a difference in this world. As a Christian I believe the Bible and in the book of Acts it talks about the twelve disciples of Jesus. After his death they were hurt and kind of lost but when they saw Him after His resurrection he gave them specific instructions, he started a movement that two thousand years later is still going strong. In the book of Acts we see how twelve men turned the known world upside down with their movement; in the present day I see how that movement has turned my life upside down.
Question: What is the movement you want to start and are passionate about?