15 Quotes on Changing the World – And Why You Already ARE Making A Difference.
What you do makes a difference. Every action, every choice, every day.
Don’t get it twisted in thinking that you’re just a small fish in a large ocean and that it doesn’t matter what you do – that the world will always be the same.
False. Wrong. Lazy thinking.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, motivated individuals can change the world – as it is the only thing that ever has!
Real change has and always will start with an individual, an individual who dares dream of a different world, influences people to join him on the quest to get there, and takes action accordingly.
Easier said than done – but it doesn’t have to be grandiose and insurmountable. It simply has to start with the intention of changing one person.
As the Dalai Lama reminds us, “The suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity; The happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.”
We are one.
Once we understand this truth–that every action we take isn’t affecting just one person but ultimately, all of humanity—then we may begin to lead our lives according to a whole new light.
Here’s the mastery mindset:
Either you’re contributing to a greener world or you’re promoting a more polluted one.
Either you’re promoting education and learning or you’re promoting ignorance.
Either your relationships are getting better or they’re getting worse. Etc…
When it comes to your influence on the world, you’re either a part of the cure or a part of the disease.
Imagine you are in a canoe rowing upstream.
When you positively contribute, you paddle forward. When you negatively contribute, you paddle backward. And when you don’t contribute at all, that’s the equivalent of not paddling at all, which will of course cause you to start drifting downstream.
So, unless you are taking positive action in each of those areas, it’s important to remember that you may be consequently choosing negative inaction (i.e. downstream drift).
And according to this logic, it follows that: doing nothing may be just as bad as doing wrong (varying only in degree/ intensity).
So the goal then is to step up and take action towards making the world a more compassionate, loving place – because watching it go downhill may be causing just as much harm as the ones doing the harming.
Hard to digest – I know. But I have had enough of the sitting back and watching – I want this to be a wake up call!
The bystander and the bully may be at equal fault and may cause equal pain to the bullied.
The person who doesn’t pick up the trash on the ground is equally at fault with the one who trashed it.
The person who feels indifference towards another person may cause just as much pain as a person who feels hatred towards another person.
If we sit back and watch the world suffer and do nothing about it, then we are the ones contributing to the suffering. We need to act with love and compassion if we are to truly make a difference in the world – one person at a time.
Take some time to digest our quotes on changing the world below. Remember, every decision you make is already rippling action into the world—Whether you make a decision to take action or not. Stick around after you’re done reading and drop us some of your thoughts in the comment section at the end. Cheers to a better tomorrow!
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The List: 15 Quotes on Changing the World:
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“Like the elephant, we are unconscious of our own strength. When it comes to understanding the power we have to make a difference in our own lives, we might as well be asleep. If you want to make your dreams come true, wake up. Wake up to your own strength. Wake up to the role you play in your own destiny. Wake up to the power you have to choose what you think, do, and say.” ~ Keith Ellis
“It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“I can focus all my energy on trying to destroy the old world, or I can spend my energy on trying to create a better one.” ~ Sevan Apollo Poetry, Good Men Project
“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.” ~ John F. Kennedy
“The television reports gave me my first inkling of a world beyond my own, a world that wasn’t fair or equal, a world of poverty, war, disease and famine. But I also realized that this state of affairs wasn’t necessarily a given, and that we have it in our power to make a difference, to make the world a better place for all. We have that choice. One thing’s for sure, though – if we do nothing, it will be a given.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” ~ Helen Keller
“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing anything for anybody.” ~ Malcom Bane
“If you want to make a positive impact, no matter how far-reaching, start at home. Treat your family members like treasures.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters
“You save the world one man at a time; anything else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” ~ Charles Bukowski
“We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa
“I believe that you and I – and everyone we’ll ever meet – has the inborn capacity to be heroic, to take daring, courageous, and noble steps to make life better for others, even when in the short term it seems to be at our own expense. The capacity to do the right thing, to dare to take a stand and make a difference, is within you now.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
“Each of us feels some aspect of the world’s suffering acutely. And we must pay attention. We must act. This little corner of the world is ours to transform. This little corner of the world is ours to save.” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life
“‘Let us pick up our books and our pens,‘ I said. ‘They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.’” ~ Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala
“The most important step of all is the first step. Start something! What if that idea you have in the back of your head is a really good one, one that might end up helping tens of thousands of people? You owe it to the world to act. Or maybe it will help only a few people: The same advice applies. If you don’t do it, you are missing out on something big, and so are the people who could have been helped.” ~ Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS)
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank
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Of all the areas in your life, which area do you feel you need to improve in the most?
What little things can you do every day that will ensure you take some strokes in the right direction?
Take five minutes and run through a typical day in the life of YOU, isolate some of the decisions you make on a regular basis, and think about what those decisions are promoting.
Do you recycle? Do you eat meat? Do you make others feel good about themselves? Do you spend enough time on personal development? Do you stand up for what you believe in?
Remember, regardless of what you say or how you feel… It is what you DO that make the real difference.
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