One of my favorite quotes is the famous Gandhi quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Changing the world may seem like an impossible undertaking, but changing your world is not only totally doable it’s transformative.
Changing your world may start with being more present for yourself in the morning. Less tech and more moments of you-time. Whether that’s a yoga stretch, a walk in nature, or a writing practice. Giving first to you is a simple, yet powerful way to fill your tank before filling others.
This renewed energy might then lead to being more patient with your children, or your partner. Eating breakfast, healthily and mindfully–not rushing through the most important meal of the day–focusing on nourishment and setting your day up for success.
Then perhaps you head out for your commute, whether that be by car or by train. Just for fun, how about taking on the practice of being the nicest most loving person on your commute. Smile, make eye contact, let the car or two in front of you in, allow someone else to take that seat or parking spot. Sing, dance, or listen to something enlightening, empowering.
While at work, you’re more present for your coworkers, giving them your full attention, listening without thinking what you’ll add next. You’re greeting people genuinely and offering kind gestures to others throughout the day.
At lunch, you have one goal: Make somebody’s day! Whether it’s your sandwich artist at Subway or the checkout lady at Whole Foods, smiles are 10 points, laughs are 25 points, high fives are 50, and hugs are 100 points;) Game on! Why not?
Throughout your day, you’re aware of what’s going on around you. You might help the woman who just dropped her grocery bag, or take a few minutes on the street to sign a petition for green energy.
When we are open and aware, we are more readily available to share our gifts. When we are closed off and cold, we are cut off from the abundance of the world around us. When we are distracted and busy, wrapped up in our heads all day, it is nearly impossible to also be open and aware.
The more we give, the more we get … it’s the law. Yet we must be ready to receive. And receive gracefully with open arms. Practice gratitude for the willing exchange.
You finish your day at work feeling fulfilled. Your co-worker that drives you nuts is your greatest teacher. Now you smile at his antics. He’s got no idea. Thankfully he’s not your problem because you’re heading home, and your focus is you, your partner, your family.
Whether you go to the gym, the grocery store, or soccer practice. You give, you give, you give–smiles, laughs, high fives, hugs.
You don’t “have to”, you’re “lucky to.” You’re not a victim of, you’re empowered by.
Dinner. Mmm … more nourishment. No tech, no TV. Enjoy each morsel, grateful for all the hands that got that food to your plate. Talk to your partner; engage with your family. “Tell me, darling, how many people’s days did you make today?”
Tonight you might skip TV or the incessant scroll of social media, instead a bath seems more soothing, a book. No stress induced reach for wine, tea will cradle you to sleep just fine.
In bed, you share your big ahas, your best exchanges, your favorite part. What are you proud of? What will you accomplish tomorrow?
Besides, that is, changing the world.
I leave you with this: Gamechanger status–make over your world. It can be done. For real, just do it.
Kat Hurley is a transformational author, speaker and personal development coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit kathurley.com, yo!