Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds. - Norman Vincent Peale
Often times, I think many people succumb to the notion that the problems we face today can only be solved by outside entities. I was once of this mindset. One reason was because I felt like "what could I do as one person to solve the huge challenges confronting our world." This would help me brush of responsibility and go about my life.
I've recently had a very important paradigm shift. I now understand that if I want certain things to change in my home, city, state, nation, and world, I have to actively play a role in providing the alternative I desire. One of the main problems I believe we have as a society is that of apathy. Half of us simply don't care about what goes on around us if it doesn't affect us directly. The other half believe that they don't have the power to influence outcomes.
The main issue with both these lines of thinking are that if too many people buy into them (which I suspect many do), we will never realize the power that we do have to change events and circumstances. Well, I stand boldly today to tell you that You my friend are the change you have been waiting for. It all starts with you.
The moment you make up your mind that the obstacles in your life (and your world) must be eradicated, you will be empowered to produce the solution. You don't need to wait for the money, connections, political clout, or all of the answers. If you will make one decisive move TODAY (no matter how small) and make the COMMITMENT that is necessary for the change to occur, you will realize your desired outcome.
Don't give into the apathetic spirit that pervades our society today. You have the power and the ability to influence the environment around you. You don't need someone else's permission to initiate positive change in your life and in the lives of those that you are responsible for. Simply put, YOU are the solution. Not a president, not a govenor, not a business leader, not a pastor, or any other authority figure. YOU are the solution and without you, things will not change.
Imagine a world where everyone took responsibility for coming up with the solutions necessary to better our world. Well, it starts with you, it starts with me.
It could be something as simple as picking up trash around your neighborhood, or mentoring a young person who is heading for trouble, or creating that song, or putting together that event that can help change the community at large. You know what's needed where you are. So I encourage you to find the problem that is bugging the hell out of you, because YOU ARE THE SOLUTION.
About the author of this blog post:
Philip “Sharp Skills” Jacobs' passion is to inspire, motivate, and equip emerging leaders. The primary ways that he does this is through the unique blend of speaking, writing, and rapping. He is author of Accuracy: a guide to living skillfully and successfully in today’s crazy times and has independently released three albums, four mixtapes, and has had his music placed in TV and film. A firm believer in the power of education, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. During his "Bruce Wayne" hours, he is a professional consultant for a large publicly traded firm that helps solve some of the world's greatest challenges. Sharp, as many call him, frequently speaks and performs for colleges/universities, companies, and various other organizations. He is married with two children. Follow Sharp Skills on Twitter @thesharpskills