Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone-Robert Allen
We talk a lot about comfort these days. We have luxury cars and comfortable shoe. We even have a restaurant type called “comfort food.”
There’s a lot to be said for comfort. It’s something that we strive for – a comfortable wage, a comfortable home, you get the idea.
We have created a place, the comfort zone, where we choose to stay rather than speaking in public or helping out with a cause on the weekend. To stay within the comfort zone is to do nothing out of the ordinary.
In order to have those items that give us comfort, we first must be willing to get out of that zone to earn it. The Everyday Revolutionary must become comfortable outside the comfort zone, because indeed, everything you want lies outside of it.
You don’t have to dive into the deep end to start. Just a few steps out will demonstrate that discomfort can be overcome if the outcome is important to you.
You’re Grandmother always told you to set a good example and to practice what you preached. She would never steer you wrong and her advice should be heeded by the Everyday Revolutionary! Listen in while we apply some of Grandma’s principles…
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh
I think we all understand the myth of the overnight success story. Someone or something may spring to public consciousness quickly but that success has years of effort and sticking to it behind it.
It is the same with change in your community. Real and lasting change for the good does not come about after a quick meeting and a day long event. It comes from thoughtful planning and setting up a few dominoes to fall into the right places. It comes from allowing enough time to let people see your position, to see your viewpoint as the way it ought to go.
It is very much an art.
Many small things go together to make a big thing. Just like in a Van Gogh painting, the skill and finesse you place on the small things have a big impact on outcome. You’ll know you’ve done it right when folks call it an overnight success. You’ll know it wasn’t.
There’s no age limit for Everyday Revolutionaries. Meet a young lady, a kindergartner, that’s making an impact on the world around her. She used many of the basic steps to accomplish her goals. Just think what great things await her the older she gets!
It might sound like oversimplification, but the message is what you’re trying to get across. Sometimes the message gets lost in the execution of the plan. Especially in an effort that has opposition, you might have help losing the message! Here’s some advice to help the Everyday Revolutionary stay on message!
The morning of April 2, 2018 thousands of Oklahoma Teachers and concerned citizens followed the example of teachers in West Virginia and converged on the State Capital calling for what they deem is long overdue adequate funding for their school, classrooms and students. But there are some in far-flung parts of the state that are rallying support in their own hometowns, garnering support from citizens to make calls from all parts of the state to their state legislators to urge them to support the needed funding for schools. I was lucky enough to happen on one of these hometown rallies and spoke directly with the Everyday Revolutionaries taking a stand for education and the future.
The #NeverAgain movement has quickly become a national movement, but in keeping with the spirit of The Everyday Revolutionary, we understand that national movements are made up of well run local movements. Here’s an article from Hingham, Mass about the organization of the student walkout there.
Get your ducks in a line was common barnyard advice when I was growing up. It’s also good advice in any endeavor you are trying to accomplish! See how the Everyday Revolutionary can use this bucolic encouragement to their advantage. Listen to the podcast.