Be the change you want to see.

When we are the change we want to see, it affects our family, community, health, environment and economy and allows us to thrive.

The great leader Mahatma Gandhi taught that we should “be the change we want to see in the world.” In other words, lead by example. If we want others to take actions, make changes or behave in different ways, we need to first make sure that we are engaging in those behaviors as well.

When we are making those changes, taking actions or steps that may not be easy but important, or when we start behaving in better ways, we can inspire others to do the same. As we make positive impacts on our lives and those around us, others will see that it is possible and beneficial to change, to make their lives better.

How to be that change:

Know what it is you want to see in your community, your family and your work. This can be anything from more engaged neighborhoods, to families that read more, to co-workers who have a better attitude at work. Then do those actions yourself. Get out into the neighborhood, pick up a book and start reading with your family and go to work with a positive attitude.

Remember that true community change starts with ourselves.

First steps:

Pick one thing that you know others should be doing to make our communities better and then do it yourself. For example, pick up the litter you see on the ground. Don’t wait for someone else to do it.

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