On this day in 1843, Charles Dickens published “A Christmas Carol”. Dickens is known for seeing conditions in everyday life that he wanted to change. He wanted to make a contribution to reforming these situations by writing about them.
Do you want to change your own life in some way? Or are you looking to change the lives of others? Are there things about yourself or the way in which you react in certain situations that you would like to change?
If you are answering yes to any of these questions, what are you planning now ahead of the New Year to initiate that will lead to significant change?
Just like Dickens aimed to do through his writing, you don’t have to wait for the governments and politicians around the world to change things for you, your business and your community. You are empowered to make a change.
“Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body – the producers and consumers themselves.” Herbert Hoover
You don’t have to run your own business to make a change, you can make a contribution to change through the choices you make, including what you purchase. What are you passionate about changing in the world? Make a small contribution, it really doesn’t matter how small because it will, accumulatively, have an effect in time.
Most importantly, in order to make a change, you have to be willing to make that change.
Making Room for Change
One of the most helpful things I have done in recent years ahead of making change has been to create space in my personal life to make more room in my professional life. Those of you who follow my blog or have heard me speak will know that the lines between my personal and professional life is very blurred and deliberately so. However you chose to divide your time and headspace, creating more room is vital. I do this not by finding more time per se, but by decluttering my environment, cupboards, surfaces, anything that can lead to cluttering up my mind. As much as I love messy creativity or mess play, I find an untidy or over-full environment a huge emotional blocker. There are brilliant resources available to to help you declutter and I recommend Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist.
Decluttering isn’t about being tidy, it is about letting go of things that are holding you back and keeping you tied to the past. You don’t have to live in a stereotypical minimalist environment, but it is empowering to let go of anything which is symbolically stopping you from moving forward and initiating your desired change.
One Small Step
As you approach the New Year perhaps consider what one small thing you can do in January to get you closer to the change you are wanting to create in the your own life, your business or in the world. To make this more pleasurable and something you are likely to see through, consider how your actions can align with the things you love to do. Dickens loved to write so he chose to depict the lives he wanted to change in his writing.
Please share your plans and actions and get in touch if you would like some support in your next steps.