Mahatma Ghandi has inspiring sayings for all of us who feel a calling to make the world a better place:
"If you want to change the world, start with yourself"
"Be the change you want to see in the world"
But how do we put this wisdom into practice in our daily lives? In the last post we explored the six obstructing angels--the habitual states of mind that can so easily get in the way of our impact and our joy as change agents. This post is all about how you can break free from these patterns. Change takes work, but breaking free from even our longest running patterns doesn't have to be as hard as we might fear.
Over the past five years of my own journey I've delved deeply into the arenas of human flourishing and personal growth, as well as systems thinking and social change, seeking answers for myself. In the process I've read over 250 books and done dozens of trainings, tried out all kinds of things myself and in the coaching that we do with philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. And the good news that I've found is powerfully convergent wisdom and research across millennia, all kinds of faith traditions, philosophical and scientific perspectives about what it takes to "start with yourself" if you want to change the world, for real.
This post makes the bold move of boiling all kinds of wisdom and research from all kinds of sources down into 7 pillars of personal development for change agents. Along the way, this post also gives you an overview of many of the tools, techniques and resources I use with the philanthropists and social entrepreneurs I coach to make progress and get concrete results in each of these seven key domains. You can access these tools and resources for for free anytime you want in your resource library--just click here to create an account if you don't have one already.
There's lots more to say about all of this--and the video goes deeper into this framework. But what we're playing for in seeking to "get better" as change agents is to elevate our own level of development through the five stages show below. A journey of self development that allows us to generate more joy and more impact in all that we do!
Spreading the word on all this is a huge part of my joy, and my impact--and if you want to learn more about some of the key tools mentioned here, many of them are available for free anytime you want in the Joyful Impact resource library. Just click here to create an account if you don't have one already.
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These are the same materials we use with the social entrepreneurs in our accelerator program and the funders we coach one on one. The world has never been more in need of a new, greatest generation of change agents and that's why we're opening up free access to these materials to anyone who's ready to make use of them!