Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world; indeed,
it’s the only thing that ever has.
--- Margaret Mead
The greatest social change I have ever witnessed firsthand has always come from the initiative of a few individuals. Every healthy community also functions well due to the determination of a few people who insist on doing what’s right and refuse to let things slip through the cracks. The same is true for organizations: accountability at the individual level is at the heart of every successful company or organization. What does all this mean? Your actions are extremely important. You can either perpetuate the status quo or transform it depending on whether you choose to merely exist in a life of comfort and mental numbness or to sacrifice short-term pleasure for a search for and willingness to act on what’s right and true. Change will not come to the world through sitting back and waiting for others to initiate it: change must come through you.
What can you commit to doing this week to be part of the solution, to helping to make this world a better place? What do you believe in so strongly that you have been waiting for the right time to act on? Wait no longer: make a pact with yourself to do something—anything, no matter how small—to move your life and this world toward what you know they can be.
How do you jump-start yourself out of complacency to do something for others? Tell us about it in the comments.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).