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Becoming the change: First step

The original painting that always reminds me that I can BE the Change!
The original painting that always reminds me that I can BE the Change!
Shaima Al-Mehdar

John Mayer is "Waitin' for the World to Change", but Gandhi says you must "BE the Change you wish to see in the world."  Yet, how do you even know what changes you want to make, what habits you want to break, and what risks are worth it to take?  How do you start the process of becoming the change?


Grab two sheets of paper (these may end up becoming notebooks!) and your favorite pen.  Label the first sheet of paper: The ME I am Currently.  Label the second sheet of paper: The ME I am Ideally.

On the first sheet of paper, write down who you are now.  Be sure to list all of your negative and positive attributes.  Remember that who you are is not only made up of what you do but also what you say and even what you think.  Make sure to include who you are physically, emotionally, spiritually, sexually, financially, and any other -ly you can think of.

  • Be thorough
  • Be specific
  • Be honest

Only your opinion counts and only you have to see this!

On the second sheet of paper, write down who you are ideally.  Be sure to list all the attributes you aspire to have even if you've already attained them.  Include all the same categories that you wrote about on your "Me Currently paper(s).  Be just as thorough, specific, and honest with this list as you were on the other.

Take as much time as you need with both lists.  This may stir up many emotions and require much thought so don't try to rush it .  And realize that if you forget anything you can always add to either list later.

When you are finished with both of your lists, compare them.  Pat yourself on the back for all the attributes on your "Me Currently" list that match your "Me Ideally" list.  You probably didn't think there would be that many matches did you?!  Now smile about the attributes that don't match.  You finally have a tangible list of things to work on!  Pick the easiest thing and focus on changing that ONE thing for the next two weeks at least.

Congratulations, today you start becoming the Change!


  • Sakina- Islamic Issues Examiner 5 years ago

    Awesome! This is a great first article. Giving homework already...heck yes, that's the way to do it.

    I've subscribed to your updates and am interested in reading future publications.

  • Khaji 5 years ago

    Awesome! YOu have always had a way with words so this will be a great outlet for you. I like that your approach is hands-on and participatory.

  • Christine H. 5 years ago

    This is beautiful. People never think they CAN change, but always WANT to. They want a pill. A list is a step in the right direction.

    Thanks for this!

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