How do you inspire change within a generation?
It’s Friday afternoon – a few minutes past 5. I’ve had a couple cups of coffee over the last hour. I like coffee in the afternoon. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the warmth that fills my body. I don’t get energized; rather I feel conscious – conscious of the tasks ahead – conscious of the most important things that I’ve yet to do. But not in an anxious way. In a way that inspires me to start, to do, to attack the to-do list.
Maybe it’s just the caffeine. But that’s how I feel.
Regardless, today I felt that I was called to write about this.
I just think that it’s one of the most practical discussions that we can have. And put aside the macro – put aside the idea of changing a generation – let’s go super small with it. How do you inspire change within one person?
In the last few years, it seems that life has really tried it’s best to sell me the notion that a person can’t change unless they want to.
I still don’t know if that’s right or wrong – and, as most things are, perhaps it’s truth on a spectrum.
But does it really matter? I mean, what about the Saturday afternoon at 2pm when the cousin is ready to put in the work – they’re ready to start that diet that you’ve preached for 19 months – but it’s your day off, and, hey, it’s your day off.
What about the daughter who’s been to rehab 2, 3, 4 times but she’s ready to go again. She wants to go again. But hey, she’s already had chance after chance.
I don’t know guys. What do you think? If I had to rock with one word – one word that best explained how to change people. I’m going with consistency.
Consistency. Being there for the 211th time. Making the 37th phone call to a lost friend. Inviting your colleague to church for the 8th Sunday in a row.
I just think it works.
It’s not a tactic. It’s not a method, or a practice. It’s a way of being – being consistent.
So, if we’re talking about changing a generation, I think that the best approach is a consistent message – both verbally and non-verbally. It’s one thing to preach something, but another to walk in it and live it.
Remember – when it seems bleak, and you’re exhausted; when your day has sucked; when you want to say F#&L it and throw in the towel – that’s when your message matters most.
This was on my mind tonight. Maybe you’ll find it helpful, maybe you won’t. But I hope it makes you think. Perhaps you have a message that can inspire change within a generation.