“In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am so inspired by this quote, and although it refers to the struggle for racial equality, my wheels are turning. The word revolution is a little radical, but what if we approached changing our lives the same way we might approach starting a revolution? If you want to make your life dramatically different, you are going to need to make some dynamic fundamental changes. So, today I invite you to start your own revolution. Radically change your personal constitution, and never turn back.
Revolution, as defined by Wikipedia, is a “…fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.” If you take this approach to making your life better, there will be no stopping you. While taking our time to smell the roses is in order in its own time, sometimes we need to facilitate a radical change, and quickly.
If you intend to start a revolution, consider this fair warning: you will have to put in the effort. You will have to be dedicated. You will have to choose to make changes, and use your power to get there. You will gracefully glide into the next chapter if you stop resisting and start acting. Remember to be at peace with the flow of life, but continue to look ahead and create forward momentum.
I offer a method to help you start your own revolution, broken down into simple steps, of course.
Step 1. Plan your course of action. Decide which part of your life needs an overhaul. Perhaps your finances are a mess. What do you want to do about it, besides wish you would win the $500 million lotto? Wishful thinking will get you nowhere, and it does not contribute to your overall well-being; it wastes precious energy resources and keeps you from really making a change. So, make a plan. Declare that you will turn your financial situation around. Set a goal with a finite and realistic timeline.
Step 2. Get organized! Prepare, get organized and lay the groundwork to get yourself moving in the right direction. Look at your budget, spending patterns, bank and credit card statements. Examine every aspect, from every angle, and make sure you have all the information you need to get moving. Do not judge yourself, do not go to the negative thought space or tell yourself any of the “should have/could have/would have” business. Self-judgment acts as a roadblock to your personal success, and you deserve better than that. Just look at your finances with a keen eye, make notes and use the information to keep moving forward.
Step 3. Give it direction. Once organized, put your plan in motion. Choose how you want your financial picture to look, sear that image into your mind’s eye and put the ball in motion. Give it direction, keep it on course, and hold yourself to meeting the goal. Set mini goals and exercise self-love as you guide yourself to a better financial picture. You may need outside help to get you on track. Do what you need to do, but make it happen. Be kind and patient with yourself, as you would a small child (I know I’ve said this before, but we sometimes forget to be kind to ourselves.) Set daily goals; decide what you need to do every day to change your spending habits, then do it, a little each day.
Step 4. Quality Control. Raise or lower the bar, as fits your situation. If you set a goal of earning the $500 million instead of winning the lotto and you haven’t yet built your awesome invention, then perhaps you need to lower the bar and be realistic. Keep yourself on track by checking-in daily. Make sure you are working toward that goal and staying on track. If self-sabotage is your pattern, raise the bar and tell yourself you know you can make the daily goal. Work on today only, and raise that bar. Tomorrow is a new day and you will start fresh, no matter what. Every effort you put toward your revolution will pave the road toward lasting change.
Step 5. Never Retreat. You may occasionally need to re-direct course, but never go back. Never retreat from the revolution you have started. Moving backward is not only undesirable, it is unacceptable, and it is not an option. Regression is not an option; progress is our goal. Return to the first step if you need to remember what this revolution is all about.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an amazing role model. He was powerful, courageous and unbelievably strong. He was a peaceful warrior. There was no plan for retreat; it was not an option. He continued in his struggle against all odds, against immense diversity and resistance. He started a Revolution and gave every ounce of power, strength and grace in his being to make positive, lasting changes to the human condition. We can do the same in our own lives by following his lead.
There will be moments or days when you want to throw in the towel, think you are not cut out for the work required. You have to keep the faith and know that every step you take will get you closer to your goals. I love this quote:
“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” – Peace Pilgrim
Keep this in mind in your darker moments. Remember that your thoughts are incredibly powerful, and if you take a moment to change the way you think about your situation, you will be making a positive change in your entire life. Even the slightest adjustment, say, changing daily coffee shop runs to once per week, can spill-over into other areas of your life. You will begin to take a more mindful approach to how you use your resources, both financially and energetically.
Choose to make a change, set a goal, give yourself a lot of love and grace, and enjoy the revolutionary process.
Blessings. Gratitude. Love.