NOW IS THE TIME TO BECOME INFLUENCERS!
As humanity tries to think about how we can find the inspiration to retake control of our actions and wipe away our tears of sadness and impotence… every day I become more acutely aware of the fact that these are extraordinary times. For those of us who for many years have had the privilege of living in peaceful, free, progressive societies, there has never been a more important time to collectively strive to be our best selves. A time to do our fair share to make sure that the good guys take their chances at creating the future… and that they not only have a go at influencing the future but also the right tools to make sure that their seat at the table is reserved. A time to unleash the energy and set the stage and the tone for the right conversations to take place.
We are all aware of some of the terrible things that are coming down the road… but they will be orders of magnitude worse if we do not take coordinated action to avert them. This awareness makes me wonder how am I truly doing... and here I am, sharing my questions in case they can help you shape your own: What action am I taking? How am I contributing to changing the tone of the conversation from despair to hope, from helplessness to action, from fear to care, from expecting some kind of “enlightened response” coming from some “other” place to engaging in hopefully enlightened action, from trying to avoid bad consequences for myself and my immediate surroundings to being part of the solution, from clinging to the past and counting my losses to moving on and counting my blessings?
The time to engage in hopeful, determined, gritty, purposeful action is now. The time to prepare the future is now. The time to start the right conversations is now. The time to not look the other way is now. The time to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others is now. There has never been a better time.
I wake up every day with those questions and striving to the best of my abilities to keep contributing to the right conversations and engaging in purposeful action. An example of this… for the past two weeks I have been working with a group of UN leaders from different agencies and countries to support them on their path to become better and more effective influencers.
A powerful experience and a very timely effort, I believe. A very personal effort to contribute to making sure that the good guys have a better ch