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Sorry to be the bearer of real news, but if you’ve been following this blog, you know that wrapped in pretty words or not, I try to tell it like it is.
So here goes the real:
Has anyone else noticed that there is never a short supply of bad news, and yet good news seems to have the opposite problem? I swear every single time I’ve watched the news recently, I’m updated on about 50 bad things and about 3 good things.
For all of the happenings we hear about on the news that require some sort of help or change, there sure doesn’t seem to be any.
It’s saddening how much we undermine our power of influence as individuals. We forget just how much we can impact the lives of those around us and in turn, the world. Like a domino effect, one person truly does influence the other.
So why don’t we allow the news to inspire us to get involved in outreach programs, charities, and things of the like? If you have a desire to give the news something awe-inspiring to talk about, no matter how big or small the cause, keep reading!
Step 1: Find Your Personal Why
There are plenty of charitable causes in the world and yes, all of them could use a helping hand. But why do you want to be that helping hand?
It’s one thing to do something because “it’s the good thing to do” and another to do something because “I strongly believe in XYZ”. The difference lies in the enthusiasm.
My personal why is simply that I want my life to make a dent in more than just my grave. If I can change just one person’s life for the better, that would mean everything to me!
Once you understand your why, your cause becomes even more relevant and most of all, important to you.
Step 2: Do Your Research
Find out more about the cause you hope to change! Look for interviews, books, podcasts, blog posts, statistics and even ask people you know about the topic.
If you don’t have a cause in mind, try googling “Non profits in *insert your city/state/country*”.
It’s pretty hard to commit to something you aren’t very knowledgeable of. If you want to nurture a deep-rooted passion for the change you hope to enact, this is such a great way to do so!
Step 3: Use Eventbrite… Really.
If you want to find charitable events near you, I strongly suggest you use Eventbrite. In my opinion, it is way more reliable than Facebook and more proficient in locating events.
Once you search for charitable events in your area, right away you get the price of the events as well as the distance between you and the events that auto-populate. Before you even click on an event title, you know exactly what you’re looking into!
If you want to make an event they even offer their software at a discounted rate for nonprofit fundraising!
Just trust me on this one, Eventbrite is a bomb tool to use.
Step 4: Invite Your Friends
Strength in numbers, my friend. The more you have rallying with you, the better!
Tell your friends about what you’re trying to support and invite them to support it with you. It’ll make the experience so much more enjoyable.
Step 5: Keep Track of What You Do VS. What You Say You’ll Do
This particular step is one I am still learning to do myself. It’s always been easier to express my intentions than to follow through with them. Wanting, doesn’t make anything happen. In fact, it can be a huge trap sometimes.
It can encourage you to push-off the action and give yourself a pat on the back for the thought. At the end of a day with that kind of thinking, you end up feeling good about yourself for.. well… thinking.
“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
What do you find to be your biggest hesitation in becomming more involved in your community? I’d love to talk about it with you guys in the comments<3