While we’ve made a lot of progress in the world, a lot of things are in a bit of a state right now, and there’s plenty of work to be done. Right now, I want to implore you to do something about it.
There are so many issues to fight for, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start. I know I certainly feel that way a lot of the time. But I want to get down some ideas that I think may help in enabling myself to take some action for the things that I believe in, and I hope that you might be able to draw something from it, too.
Find something to stand for
For me this one is pretty easy, but perhaps so easy that it becomes difficult. There are so many things that I find important and worthy of support; equal rights for everyone, awareness around mental health, people’s involvement in politics, the impact of our actions on the environment, and to be honest, I could go on and on but that would be counter-productive. Perhaps it’s worth writing a list. A long one, with all of the things that you think are worth fighting for. Then you could prioritise that list. It might feel uneasy to give one issue more credit than another, but it’s important in being able to have an impact, personally.
When considering your list, think about the ways that you could take action for each issue. Personal actions, things within you community, and working on a national, or even international, scale. This might help you to be able to see where you can have the most impact, and therefore where you may be best to channel your focus.
Plan your actions
So we’re all busy people here, and as much as it feels like the world might be going to shit sometimes, life still goes on, and we all have daily responsibilities that we need to take care of. That’s why we should plan our actions. Set aside some time in your calendar each week, fortnight, or month, and use that to stand up for the things you believe in. What will you do in that time? We’ll come to that next!
I, personally, feel that each and every one of us has the ability to take some kind of action for the things that we believe in, and I want you to know that, whatever you do, it is enough.
Singing petitions sometimes feels like a pointless thing to do, but I promise you that it isn’t. If a petition gets over 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in parliament, and this is a great opportunity for us to show our government what’s important to us. Current petitions awaiting debate include ‘Pay Up Now! – Scrap the pay cap and give public servants a meaningful pay rise‘ and ‘Hold a referendum on the final Brexit deal‘.
Sharing petitions, and articles related to the issues you care about, on your social media is another great way to take action. If your post can educate one other person, that impact will be significant, and you may find it brings more opportunities for you to affect change.
If you’ve got a platform, use it. Whether that’s a sizeable social media following, a contact at a newspaper, a community group or anything in between, utilise what you’ve got to share your message. It’s amazing to consider the impact of word-of-mouth in different industries, and within issues of importance, it’s just as vital.
Get involved close to home. Find a local charity or community group that’s working towards the issues that you care about, and see how you can get involved. Perhaps you can volunteer some of your time and utilise your skills to help them out. You could organise a fundraising event to help them hit their yearly target and continue their important work, or make sure they get recognition in your local area.
Take the next step
If there’s an issue that you feel super strongly about, consider committing yourself to it more deeply. Depending on your area of expertise, you could apply for jobs at charities or non-profit organisations in the field you care about the most. You could help with project management, run fundraising, develop digital strategy or support with administration. The pay might not be as high as in other sectors, but the level of meaning you find in your work is likely to be much greater.
Don’t give yourself a hard time
Don’t worry if you’re finding it difficult to take action, or you’re not sure where to focus. That’s totally OK. We can’t do it all, all of the time, and it’s important to let yourself take it easy and find your own way. At some point the opportunities will come to you, so try to remain open so that, when they do, you can take hold of them and do your thing!
Are you taking action for something that you believe in, or do you have an idea of how you could? I’d love to know about it, so please drop me a comment and we can chat!