We started to explore the 3 S’s… those 3 strategies to leverage when you are trying to find your place. That place could be how you fit into the organization where you work. It could be how you fit in a movement or take action or volunteer your time.
Most of us struggle with finding our place in different dimensions of our lives, so it’s important to find actionable steps you can take. And you know I’m the Positive Action person, so I’ve got some ideas!
As a recap, those 3 S’s are:
Today we’re going to explore the shockingly simple, but surprisingly difficult second action to take: Start.
Start somewhere. Start anywhere. Just start.
So often, we struggle most with starting, whether a dreaded chore, a big project at work, or deciding where to volunteer our limited time. Instead of starting, we wait. We wait for a better time or something more convenient or any number of things. And then it gets harder to start.
As I shared after writing my first book, one of the hardest things I had to do to make that dream happen was to actually write. I’d thought about writing for 20 years, but I hadn’t started writing. I needed to just start somewhere, anywhere really… and wouldn’t you know the momentum of starting kept me moving forward toward my goal! It wasn’t an easy path, but if I didn’t start, I would never have seen that dream come to life.
Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed by the complexity. Some of the world’s most complex and challenging problems would be best served by having more people start on them. The climate crisis, systemic racism and so many other challenges we’re facing will benefit from people being willing to start. Does changing one light bulb to use less electricity or participating in one protest fix everything? No. But it’s a little bit better than it was before.
How do you become a millionaire? START saving. How do you become more fit? START exercising. How do you find your place? START! It’s one small action after another that eventually gets us where we want to go.
So start somewhere. Start anywhere. Just start. And keep following the path that appears.
#PositiveAction In whatever space you are trying to find your place, just start. Start doing something, anything and see where that takes you.
This is the second in a three-part series on finding your place, whether in a movement, at work, or in life! See part 1 here.