Implementing Change: Young Progress Makers (2/2)

Change: ‘An act or process through which something becomes different’…

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In light of last weeks post, I’ve been thinking about what change means to me, what it means to implement change, what putting my mark on the world looks likes and the best way for me to (start to) implement change. While taking time this week to really think about these things, I found that I had to consider how making a change fits in with my goals and the plans I have for my life.

I’m reminded how easy it is to forget about the journey because we are so consumed with the end destination. Staying focused and remaining in the present moment allows us to enjoy and fall in love with the process as opposed to obsessing over the end result, and becoming disheartened when things take longer than expected- when things don’t go according to plan. Change is a process that often takes a long time and when implementing change, it’s important to accept that baby steps are important. But bask in both your present and your future, because they are great.

I’ve accepted that it’s more realistic to start small and make my way up. So how will I start to implement the changes I want to see? By really making an effort to put myself out there, seeking and grabbing opportunities, by having faith with works, working hard, being realistic, throwing myself in at the deep end at times, being constructive, using my time wisely, never losing sight of the change I want to see and remembering the importance of not being afraid to ask for help.

When I think of implementing change, I think of having an impact on individual lives, changing individual lives. This is my focus. It’s not the money or the fame but walking away from an individual and knowing that I changed their life in someway, knowing that I inspired or influenced them for the better, which in turn led them to implement their own change. For me it’s about making that difference and bridging the gap between what could have been and what is.

During this process, I found that not everyone will accept the changes that you want to make, not everyone will understand or try to understand them. Sometimes people forget that there is so much more to life than being the centre of attention. It’s ok to do you and it’s ok if what you want is not identical to what everybody else wants. I encourage you to hold onto the fact that your change is your change just like this is my change and this is what change means to me. I hope that you will stand with me and you will not be made to feel bad about how you’ve decided to implement the change that you want to see. Remember that sometimes, it’s the silence that is more effective; sometimes it’s good to come quietly without a noise. Don’t forget that sometimes it’s good for people to see your change not hear it or be forced to believe it.

So, whether you want to be the Prime minister, change the way we educate our children, feed the hungry, work for the young, sing, act or dance, bask in the change you want to be or see in this world, and stand firm in the fact that the way you choose to influence or put your mark on the world is not wrong. Whether you want to ROAR as loud as a lion or creep as quiet as a mouse, do you, be you and be happy with what you’ve given or with what you’re yet to give to the world.

Watch this space.

Until next week

Love, all the light in the world and blessings

Rebekah

Making A Change: Young Progress Makers (1/2)

Generally speaking, as human beings we often do this thing where we become inspired and we vow to change our lives, our goals, our way of living based on whatever it is we heard that inspired us. The problem is that often, we think about changing and we think about the things we want to do, but we rarely implement that change. We become inspired, we say (we don’t do) and then somehow we find ourselves doing exactly what we were doing before; somewhere along the line that word, that picture, that person who inspired us gets lost and we resort back to our everyday lives.

As harsh as it may sound, I’ve found that there are many of us out here that want change. We want to see that change, be that change, but we don’t know how to change. We don’t know where to start and we don’t know how to take that first step- we struggle to get from A to B. I believe that change goes hand in hand with conquering and overcoming fear; accepting that I may fail but it’s ok because this is a journey and there is absolutely no harm in standing up, dusting myself off and starting again.

I was privileged enough to attend an event yesterday presented by The Evening Standard and Roundhouse called Young Progress Makers. You can read a bit more about it here, but the event was for young people in London wanting to make a change. Through speaking and various performances, the aim was to inspire young people to go out and make a difference for this generation and the generations to come. Topics discussed ranged from ‘The Power of the Personal Brand’, ‘We are the Change Makers’ and ‘How to Create Social Change’.

Yesterday was a reminder that we have so much power, and we can evoke change for ourselves and for our society. Also, that there’s no such thing as ‘too young’- age can and never will be a restriction. I was inspired to put my mark on the world and encouraged to accept that this is my time and I can be and do whatever the hell I want to be and do. I’m inspired to work towards my goals, influencing and changing the game along the way.

From this event, I will take away the importance of finding like- minded people, who are interested in the same things as me. I’ll also take away the fact that it’s easy to cause a ruckus, it’s easy to be noticed and it’s easy to be heard, I just have to put myself out there.

We tend to live in our own bubbles, so distant and unaware of what goes on just outside our doorsteps. London is a phenomenal city and there are so many young people who have and will continue to make a change. It’s now my turn to change the game but it’s also your turn and just like me and so many others, you can be and do whatever it is you want to be and do.

I’ll end with this: Anything is possible, you just have to keep pushing, keep working hard and overcome the fear of falling and failing. I’m gonna make sure that this time is different and I hope you do the same. I don’t want to be inspired, say I’ll make a change and end up where I was yesterday, doing the same things I was doing yesterday. This spark in me, I’m going to try and ignite, I’m gonna make sure that this spark turns into a flame and the flame a fire, because life is way too short for ‘what if’s’ and being inspired once but never building on it. So watch this space because a change is gonna come. It may take a day, a year or five years, but a change is definitely gonna come.

‘Risk the fall to know how it feels to fly’- Alicia Keys.

Until next week

Love, light and blessings

Rebekah